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Tue 20 Nov 2012, 7:30pm–9:30pm

Where: Masonic Lodge, 107 Nile St, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: Free

Listed by: peter12

The coastal areas from Golden Bay to d'Urville Island were investigated by several important early voyagers who incrementally documented and named them.

Tasman's 1642 voyage may have made the first marks on paper recording the coast, and dispelling the myth of the Great South Land, but Maori had been here for several hundred years before that. How did they describe and name the coast? And what did Cook (1770), d'Urville (1827) and the Acheron (1850) add to the knowledge of our region?

Using illustrations from these sources, four speakers will show the development of detailed information on the rich variety of our coastal environment: John & Hilary Mitchell (Maori geographic knowledge; and Cook's voyage); Robert Jenkin (Tasman); Nola Leov (d'Urville); Penny Griffith (Acheron).

The presentation is hosted by Nelson Provincial Museum and Nelson Historical Society as part of the Abel Tasman 370 commemorations. The seminar, a concert and this evening's presentations were very generously funded by the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands.

A light supper will be provided and those wishing to attend are asked to RSVP to 03 5489588 or email