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Brown, Margaret Cheston, 1907-2000

Collection | Ref # AG 367 | Held by The Nelson Provincial Museum

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Brown, Margaret Cheston, 1907-2000


Brown, Margaret Cheston, 1907-2000

Level of description:



1 box

Reference number:

AG 367

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Margaret Cheston Brown was born in England and grew up in Sefton, in Canterbury. She graduated from Canterbury University College with an MA in History and then obtained a Diploma of Education. Margaret taught for three years at Marlborough College before marrying Murchison farmer, Malcolm Brown, in 1934. They became foundation members of the Murchison Museum and Historical Society, and Margaret began researching the history of the area. Margaret moved to Nelson in 1976 and was co-opted to the Nelson Historical Society Committee, beginning an eight-year term as Editor in 1977; life membership was conferred on Margaret Brown in 1987.

The research papers include various topics about Nelson History:
French Pass Post Office, Brunner expedition, Hale's Nursery, Hale's corner, "Acheron" (ship) shipwreck, Spud Monday, Newstead house, Hallowel cemetery, "Nelson cloth", Elmslie Bay, Nelson Central School, Nelson Schools, Railway, mining industry report, flour mill, Isel House, references to Maori occupations in the Heaphy journal, the original Isel, Scottish, Governor Jervois' visit in 1862, afforestation in the Marlborough Sounds, Wreck of the "Queen Bee" (ship), scows, graves at Clifton, Renwick house, phantom canoe legend, early Stoke, Songer's river, weaving, The Regatta, Robert Bain's battle with the south, developing map of Nelson 1840-1865, Nelson Historical Society, Nelson cemeteries, coal mines in Golden Bay, Cob cottage restoration, Wakapuaka reserve boundary and Nelson Buildings.

Research papers

Dates covered:

1842 - 1988

Access conditions:

Not restricted

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