Nelson Historical Society Journal, Volume 1, Issue 5, December 1961
Few of the many Nelsonians who were prominent in the early history of New Zealand lived at Stoke, but claim can be laid to Sir Edward Stafford, first Superintendent of Nelson Province, who lived at what is now known as Annesbrook—on top of the rise. Early rumour suggests that he was able to persuade the Government to bring the railway through his property instead of taking an easier grade in a slightly different place.
In the very early days, too, there lived at Stoke, Mr Richard Reeves, M.L.C. His residence was the house now owned by Mr Stead, which was originally built by a Mr Holland.