Ac­tors to bring Nelson’s his­tory to life

The Leader (Nelson) - - OUT & ABOUT - SARA MEIJ

Nelson ac­tors will bring the re­gion’s his­tory alive with reen­act­ments dur­ing Nelson An­niver­sary Day on Jan­uary 30 to cel­e­brate the first Euro­pean set­tlers.

Ju­dene Edgar said the group of ac­tors wanted to take the lo­cal his­tory to the next level by giv­ing lo­cals the op­por­tu­nity to hear con­ver­sa­tions early set­tlers might have had.

‘‘Books are great, photo’s are lovely, but peo­ple re­ally learn when they get to see and feel and touch and hear.

‘‘We have to keep our his­tory alive, it’s what we learn from, it’s where we’ve come from.’’

To cel­e­brate Nelson’s 175th an­niver­sary on Mon­day, Isaac Thomas, Roger San­ders, Linda Cal­garo, Breigh Fouhy, Mike O’Mal­ley, Laura Ir­ish and Edgar will trans­form them­selves in do­mes­tic ser­vants, cooks and gar­den­ers.

‘‘It just makes it that much more real,’’ Edgar said.

She said a lot of re­search had been done into the ear­lier days to por­tray the char­ac­ters truth­fully.

‘‘It’s in­ter­est­ing be­cause of course very few view­points from those days were done from a do­mes­tic ser­vant per­spec­tive.’’

Be­cause of that, Edgar said a lot of work had gone into build­ing char­ac­ters based on the liv­ing and work­ing con­di­tions of the early set­tlers.

On Mon­day, the chal­lenges of be­ing a do­mes­tic ser­vant in 1860 will be re-en­acted at Broad­green Cen­tre at 1pm, 2pm and 3pm.

At 12.30pm, 1.30pm and 2.30pm the ac­tors will bring to life a 1950s view­point of the demise of the Nelson’s Rail­way at the Rail­way Re­serve.

At Stoke’s St Barn­abas, a friendly ghost will share sto­ries about the grave­yard in­hab­i­tants at 1pm, 2pm and 3pm.

Isel House will host a lively meet­ing of the cook and the gar- dener around 1923 at 12.30pm, 1.30pm and 2.30pm.

Nelson City Coun­cil spokesman Paul Shat­tock said the coun­cil de­cided this year’s theme would cel­e­brate Stoke’s early Euro­pean set­tler her­itage houses. Next year’s An­niver­sary Day would cel­e­brate Nelson’s Maori her­itage, to co­in­cide with the com­ple­tion of the waka land­ing site.

The full list of the day’s ac­tiv­i­ties, along with a map of Stoke’s Legacy Trail, can be found on the Nelson City Coun­cil web­site.

PHOTO: MAR­ION VAN DIJK/ FAIR­FAX NZ

Ju­dene Edgar will be en­act­ing the chal­lenges of be­ing a do­mes­tic ser­vant in 1860 in the Broad­green Cen­tre at part of Nelson’s 175th An­niver­sary.

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