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Nelson Historical Society Journal, Volume 7, Issue 3, 2011

Foreword 2011

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Foreword 2011

We are pleased to bring you the third Journal in Volume 7. The Journal includes seven articles, many of them produced by Society members. The article on Thomas Cawthron was written by Karamea Fossett from the Nelson College for Girls, who was the recipient of the Jeff Newport Memorial Prize.

The Society continues to have a wide range of interesting guest speakers, many of whom go on to produce Journal articles, adding to the rich tapestry of historical information contained within its pages. We would again like to thank our many contributors, who enable us to keep this valuable and interesting publication alive.

The Society has continued its support of the Tasman Bays Heritage Trust by making a donation to support the Glass Plate Negative Project. This involves the re-housing and digitising of more than 120,000 irreplaceable glass plate negatives. It will include images from the Tyree Studio Collection, which was donated by the Society in 1965. It is hoped that, when completed, the Project will enable the public to view the images and purchase copies online.

2011 sees the Rugby World Cup being held in New Zealand, with three games in Nelson. The Italian team is to use Nelson as its base, which is very appropriate given the strong Italian community here. The Society was fortunate to have Clive Akers present the biennial James Jenkins lecture, the subject of which was Charles Monro, the founder of rugby in New Zealand. This event was held at Nelson College, an apprpriate venue as a College team played in that first game. Clive’s lecture will feature in the next issue.

Society member Alec Woods has been one of the main motivators behind the installation of the History Boards commemorating the Boathouse. They were launched on the 17th of April 2011.

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I would like to thank all our contributors, our editor, Dawn Smith, and Karen Price for the design and layup. I hope you enjoy the contents.

Finally, I would like to thank the Society for the privilege of serving as President. As this is my second year, our new President, Karen Stade, will take over at the AGM; I wish her and the Society well for the future.

Tony Hunter

President, April 2010/11