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Monument Friday

I found something in my Nelson photos for the theme On the foreshore at Nelson this commemorates the European settlors who help found modern Nelson. Sometimes we forget they hopped on a ship with all the possesions they were allowed and sailed half way around the world, in those days they were pretty much cutting all ties with any family they may have had at home, most of them very unlikely to return to what they once called home. I have added a little extra history of Nelson, please don't fall asleep reading :-))

A Short History of Nelson New Zealand

Maori arrived around 700 -800 years ago
A knowledge of sailing, the stars and the moods of the Pacific Ocean brought Maori here in the Great Migration period from Hawaiiki.

One of the oldest tangata whenua (original) tribes who have remained in Te Tau Ihu O te Waka A Maui (Top of the South) is Ngati Kuia. Their forebears arrived in Te Tai Tapu (the western coast of Nelson-Tasman), aboard the waka “Kurahaupo” some 700 years ago.

On their arrival these early travellers found plenty of birds and fish; argillite for weapon and tool making; and fertile soils. Further south in Te Tai Poutini (the West Coast), they found and treasured pounamu (greenstone)(onyx). However life in those times was not always idyllic as other iwi (tribes ) invaded the area.and either annihilated the residents of the time or drove them further south.

Abel Tasman - 1642
The first documented European visitors to Te Tai Tapu were Dutch explorer, Abel Tasman, and the men of his vessels. They were attacked by local Maori, Ngati Tumatakokiri, in their canoes and Tasman lost four men clashing with them in Mohua (Golden Bay). Tasman, unusually forbearing, left without setting foot on the shore.

James Cook 1770
James Cook, on a scientific voyage, rediscovers the area in his ship, the Endeavor which he repaired and took on wood and water in Queen Charlotte sound. He then circumnavigated the South Island passing Cape Farewell.. He returned on two further voyages in 1773 and 1777

Whalers - From the 1820’s
Sealing parties were landed on the rocky west coast of the region. They were followed by whalers. These early visitors paved the way for the next wave of arrivals to the region

Dumont D’Urville - 1827
The French voyager spent nearly a week in Tasman Bay in his ship the Astrolabe and was the first to explore the area. He named Separation Point which separates Tasman Bay from Golden Bay.

The Region Invaded - 1828 – 1832
Iwi from the north – Ngati Tama, Nagti Toa, Te Atiawa, Ngati Rarua and Ngati Koata – swept down from Kapiti and Te Whanga-nui-a-tara (Wellington), armed with the new technology of deadly muskets and after fierce fighting, they conquered the area and all the resources it contained.

The New Zealand Company 1841
The ships Will-Watch, Whitby and Arrow embarked under the command of Captain Arthur Wakefield R.N. to establish the Second Colony of the New Zealand Company in New Zealand. The settlement was to be called Nelson named in honour of the feats of the British Admiral, Horatio Lord Nelson who died at the Battle of Trafalgar in October 1805.

Here ends your history lesson for today.

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Comments on this photo:

Nov 01 2007 17:08 GMT Lelka
very interesting view of the monument and also thank you very much for your comments, I'll wait for the next lesson:)
Nov 01 2007 17:13 GMT Midworlder PRO
Nov 01 2007 17:33 GMT gtc126
Super Shot!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Nov 01 2007 18:34 GMT rainbow71
Great photo and history lesson, well done!!
Nov 01 2007 18:55 GMT Lensvision
Nice lesson and great shot!
Nov 01 2007 19:09 GMT brunopapeete
I like this statue !!! Good shot
So much to read in english, my dear Roger ! Next time add a french translation for us...
Nov 01 2007 19:13 GMT Midworlder PRO
Sorry Bruno ... :-))
Nov 01 2007 19:37 GMT LizSA
great Monument...!! sorry there are not so many birds left..!
Nov 01 2007 20:11 GMT mariazinha32
thank u for the history lesson :-))......
great entry.....
Nov 01 2007 22:49 GMT thea
Interesting and original.
Nov 01 2007 23:16 GMT megmet PRO
Now you spoiled it Roger......I thought it was named after my home town! :-)))

Nice entry and wonderful notes.

Have a great wekend....
Nov 01 2007 23:26 GMT Shiloh824
I'm particularly fond of the way it's back lit with the sunset and the water. Also, thank you for appealing to us history nuts out there. :) Very lovely photo.
Nov 01 2007 23:28 GMT Elise
Very interesting info ...great shot and entry!
Nov 02 2007 00:00 GMT Midworlder PRO
Sorry to disappoint you Meg - Trafalgar & Hardy St's to name a few !!
Nov 02 2007 00:00 GMT Midworlder PRO
Thank you Shiloh
Nov 02 2007 00:00 GMT Midworlder PRO
Thanks Elise
Nov 02 2007 00:29 GMT losp
THANKS for the brief, concise lesson on NZ history .. Well done !!!
Nov 02 2007 00:34 GMT Shirley22
Great short history lesson. Great shot
Nov 02 2007 00:41 GMT Midworlder PRO
Thanks Shirley
Nov 02 2007 00:41 GMT Midworlder PRO
Cheers losp
Nov 02 2007 01:12 GMT william22
Quick history lesson very well done. Your picture of the monument to the early settlers reminds us of the hardships many endured to make a better life for themselves in N.Z.
The clearances of Scotland and Ireland drove people away from their homelands and on to sailing ships where conditions were deplorable. The strong survived to build a new home and country.
Nov 02 2007 01:14 GMT Midworlder PRO
Very true
Nov 02 2007 01:27 GMT Squirrel PRO
Very beautiful......................
Nov 02 2007 02:29 GMT Poulet PRO
Beautiful Monument!
Beautifully taken!
Thanks for the interesting info. Roger!!

Great and informative entry!!

Have a beautiful weekend my friend. :)))
Nov 02 2007 02:34 GMT Vasca
Great entry!
Nov 02 2007 02:35 GMT Midworlder PRO
Thank you Poulet
Nov 02 2007 02:36 GMT Midworlder PRO
Thanks Vasca
Nov 02 2007 06:09 GMT sini
Great shot and entry!:)
Nov 02 2007 08:10 GMT alhoafun
nice entry -what an appropriate spot for these statues
Nov 02 2007 09:17 GMT iyerhari
lovely contributed for the theme:)
Nov 02 2007 10:23 GMT Mia87
great story and entry, thanks for sharing :)
Nov 02 2007 11:34 GMT senna3
Very entry with very interesting documentation!
Nov 02 2007 16:21 GMT PaP67
the great story of humanity which never will finish !
a well selected presentation !
Nov 02 2007 16:23 GMT Midworlder PRO
Thank you PaP67
Nov 02 2007 16:23 GMT Midworlder PRO
Thanks Peter
Nov 02 2007 16:39 GMT jomoud PRO
Magnificent monument Roger.
Thanks for the explanations.
Great entry for this week's theme.
Have a wonderful weekend.
Nov 02 2007 17:43 GMT jamaboop
I love this!!! What a marvelous entry with tons of information!! It's nice to read all of this along with the entry!! Thank you!!

Have a great weekend!!
Nov 02 2007 20:12 GMT something
gorgeous choice
Nov 02 2007 21:22 GMT Midworlder PRO
Thanks jamaboop, I'm glad you gained from it.
Nov 02 2007 21:22 GMT Midworlder PRO
Thanks something
Nov 02 2007 23:14 GMT ThorBeverley PRO
Great picture Roger and a fascinating history!
Nov 02 2007 23:25 GMT Midworlder PRO
Thanks Thor
Nov 03 2007 00:20 GMT Mariamel
Oh , this week theme is really amazingly interest!!!
Thanks for sharing :-))
Wonderful entry !
Nov 03 2007 09:00 GMT Midworlder PRO
Thank you .. I agree ..I have learnt a lot
Nov 03 2007 18:49 GMT xevirbs
Great contribution. Thankyou also for the interesting explanations.
Nov 03 2007 21:44 GMT Midworlder PRO
You are welcome
Nov 04 2007 16:17 GMT martini957
thank you so much for the history.....very interesting..I didn't fall asleep :)
Nov 04 2007 17:18 GMT Midworlder PRO


Meg lives in Nelson in England :-)))
Nov 04 2007 22:29 GMT Ometepe