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Journal of the Nelson and Marlborough Historical Societies, Volume 1, Issue 2, November 1982

Ruth Allan–Nelson–A History of Early Settlement–(196S)

Ruth Allan–Nelson–A History of Early Settlement–(196S)

When Mrs Allan died in 1958 her work was incomplete but under the guidance and editorship of J. C. Beaglehole. Nancy Taylor and Pamela Cocks were able to use Ruth Allan's notes to complete chapters on the German settlements and the exploration of the district so that the work could be published for the Nelson City Council in 1965.

On page 29 Ruth Allan makes reference to Captain James McKenzie Maclaren who settled on 150 acres of land on the east side of Croiselles Harbour in 1838 and so became Nelson's first white settler. Reference to Maclaren also appears in –