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Nelson Historical Society Journal, Volume 1, Issue 6, March 1964

Early Days of Nelson Institute

Early Days of Nelson Institute

He had discovered some interesting notes, he said, written by the late Mr. J. G. McKay on the early days of the Nelson Institute. It was first situated on the property in Trafalgar Street, where the coffee shop next door to the Waimea County Council is today. The property had belonged in 1842 to Mr. Jenkins' grandfather and was leased by him to what was then known as the Nelson Institution. It was described as being a building 30 feet from the corner of Trafalgar Street and Trafalgar Square, set eight feet back from the road; was 30 feet by 16 feet in area and had a four-foot porch in the front. In 1859 the Superintendent of the Province, Mr. J. P. Robinson, gave the Institution the land on which the Nelson Institute now stands.