Journal of the Nelson and Marlborough Historical Societies, Volume 1, Issue 1, October 1981
Norman Henry Brayshaw, B.E.M
Norman Henry Brayshaw, B.E.M.
With the death of Norman Brayshaw on 27th February, 1981, Marlborough lost a devoted and untiring historian who was responsible for saving more of this province's history than anyone would have thought possible.
Best known for his now rare book. Canvas and Gold, he left his mark on almost every corner of this district's history.
Almost single handed he achieved so much, historic markers and monuments, a large collection of archives and the building of small museums are but a few.
He will be long remembered for his gallant effort to preserve the "Edwin Fox", the last of the East Indiamen now lying derelict in Shakespeare Bay near Picton harbour.
His greatest creation was in his later years, the establishment of Brayshaw Park, and the construction of Beavertown and numerous other buildings which house a huge collection of vintage farm machinery.
His enthusiasm and drive inspired many, who today, are endeavouring to continue with the examples he set for the future preservation of his province's past. – N.M.