Legacy 175 - Nelson’s 175th Anniversary Day

Nelson Anniversary Day celebrates the landing days of the first European settlers and is linked to the arrival the first New Zealand Company Boat, The Fifeshire, on 1 February, 1842. Nelson’s 175th Anniversary Day falls on 30 January 2017.

nelson 175To celebrate this anniversary Council has chosen to support a family friendly event, linking with Nelson’s history. Taking advantage of interactive technology available a new map for Stoke attractions has been created, the first in a planned series set around Nelson. Plan your Anniversary day holiday to catch the best of the fun with historic recreations, interesting talks and recreational opportunities based around Stoke’s own Legacy Trail.

Legacy 175 timetable

12.30-3.30pm Monday 30 January

If cancellation is required it will be announced on local radio stations at 10am on the day or be on Council's Facebook.


Stoke Legacy Trail map

This walk has a complementary map (1.8MB PDF) that can be downloaded and printed. The map can also be used with the free Avenza Map app.


Nayland Pool, Nayland Road (next to Nayland College)

12.00pm – 4.00pm: Splash out in the outdoor pool with reduced entry fee of $1 per person at this time. At other times normal charges apply. A great place to start or end your tour of Stoke!

12.30pm – 1.30pm: The Edge Radio provides music and a free sausage sizzle.


Broadgreen Historic House, 276 Nayland Road

1.00pm, 2.00pm and 3.00pm: Actors enact the challenges of being a domestic servant in 1860 in the Broadgreen Centre. Free.

10.30am – 4.30pm: Broadgreen Historic House, built in 1855, has an extensive textile collection.

The current exhibition, "Glad Rags", features vintage summer attire. Some charges may apply.


Railway Reserve by Andrews St entrance

12.30pm,1.30pm and 2.30pm: Actors bring to life a 1950s viewpoint of the demise of the Nelsons Railway. Free.

1.00pm – 3.30pm: The Get Moving team provide expert help with bike maintenance and how to make the most of Nelson’s bike paths. Free.


St. Barnabas, Main Rd Stoke

1.00pm, 2.00pm and 3.00pm: The friendly ghost at St Barnabas shares stories about the graveyard inhabitants. Free.

2.30pm: Come inside the church for a talk by David Kemp on the Roil family, early settlers in Stoke. Free.


Isel House, Main Rd Stoke or entry off Hilliard Street

12.30pm, 1.30pm and 2.30pm: Actors create a lively meeting of the Isel House cook and gardener, c1923.

1.00pm: Sylvia Wesney entertains with a talk on the Marsden family who built this historic house

2.00pm, 3.00pm: Nelson Bays Harmony Singers perform some favorite songs. Free.

12.30pm – 3.30pm: Explore the house and exhibits (donation). Isel’s Garden Window Café will be open.


Seaview Cemetery, Seaview Road

2.00pm: Local historians Cheryl Carnahan and Judith Fitchett combine for one of their popular cemetery tours.  Learn about the local identities who are buried in this pretty park. Donation.


Saxton Oval, Main Rd Stoke

12.00pm – 6.00pm: Cheer on local cricket personality Jock Sutherland and the Ramblers as they take on The Cricketers Club of New South Wales. Free.

Bring a picnic or purchase tasty treats cooked by The Nelson Lioness Club, available at The Pavilion.


Stoke Library, Cnr of Putaitai Street & Neale Avenue

Open 12.30pm to 3.00pm: Talk to a friendly librarian about how to load the interactive map of Stoke on your mobile phone or device. Learn how to access Top of the South maps, the PROW history website, Papers Past and Nelson Historical Society resources.

See a display of history panels about Stoke or relax with a cup of tea. Print maps, walk information and event timetables available. No book issues or other library services available.