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The Nelson Photo News



In Earlier Days


In days gone by a memorial fountain at the Trafalgar and Hardy Street intersection was a well-known landmark. It was, that is, until July 28, 1906, when it was wrecked by a gas explosion. And here's a chuckle. Two workmen smelled gas coming from one of several jets on the fountain, and lit a match to ascertain the source. Whoomph! They found it!


Nelson's Post Office, barely recognisable shortly after its completion in 1906. It was opened by the then Prime Minister, Sir Joseph Ward, on December 3 of that year. It cost ten thousand pound to build.