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Cyprian Bridge Brereton (1876-1962) was a dentist by profession and was battalion commander of the Nelson 12th Regiment at Gallipoli during World War 1. He married Margaret Guy from Orinoco in England in 1915. He retired with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel in 1918. He grew tobacco on his Orinoco farm from 1925 and was involved with the Nelson Pioneer Tobacco Grower's Union in the 1930's. He moved to Nelson in 1935 and became the Curator of the Nelson Institute Museum retiring in 1960. He published 6 books between c1926 and 1952.
For more information see: Lash, Max, Nelson Notables. Nelson: Nelson Historical Society, 1992.
The papers are derived largely from Brereton's estate and include chapters and drafts of his books and notes, and newspaper cuttings.