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Journal of the Nelson and Marlborough Historical Societies, Volume 1, Issue 1, October 1981

On Record – Obituary

On Record – Obituary

page 48

Dr C. R. Barnicoat

It is appropriate that we place on record the important participation in our Nelson Historical Society activities taken by the late Dr C. R. Barnicoat, known affectionately to many people as "Barnie".

He was a grandson of an important public figure of earlier days in Nelson whose memory has been preserved at Nelson College in the name of Barnicoat House.

Following an outstanding career in the scientific field Dr Barnicoat came to Nelson in 1959 when he assumed the directorship of the Cawthron Institute, holding the position until his retirement in 1967.

Among his many interests in Nelson he found time to take an active part in the Nelson Historical Society. He was the editor of the Society Journal for a long period of years and was responsible for the introduction of the high class publication which continues to be produced.

As Society president from 1967 to 1971 he gave able leadership to the organisation. Mrs Barnicoat, who pre-deceased her husband, also took an active interest in Society undertakings.

We honour their memory. – J.N.

Norman Henry Brayshaw, B.E.M.

With the death of Norman Brayshaw on 27th February, 1981, Marlborough lost a devoted and untiring historian who was responsible for saving more of this province's history than anyone would have thought possible.

Best known for his now rare book. Canvas and Gold, he left his mark on almost every corner of this district's history.

Almost single handed he achieved so much, historic markers and monuments, a large collection of archives and the building of small museums are but a few.

He will be long remembered for his gallant effort to preserve the "Edwin Fox", the last of the East Indiamen now lying derelict in Shakespeare Bay near Picton harbour.

His greatest creation was in his later years, the establishment of Brayshaw Park, and the construction of Beavertown and numerous other buildings which house a huge collection of vintage farm machinery.

His enthusiasm and drive inspired many, who today, are endeavouring to continue with the examples he set for the future preservation of his province's past. – N.M.