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Journal of the Nelson and Marlborough Historical Societies, Volume 1, Issue 1, October 1981


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With this issue of the Journal we welcome the participation of the Marlborough Historical Society. Instead of Vol. 4 No. 1 of the Nelson Historical Society Journal this becomes Vol. 1 No. 1 of the Journal of the Nelson and Marlborough Historical Societies. We have always had a great deal of co-operation from Marlborough and welcome a partnership which should add to the value and interest of our Journal.

Since 1955 the Nelson Society has published eighteen Journals varying in size from a modest dozen pages to forty-eight. The main aim has been to preserve in permanent form historical material which would not be published elsewhere, that material to be relevant to the northern part of the South Island. Contributions and suggestions from any part of the region are therefore acceptable.

An upsurge of interest in our past has led to the formation of various societies concerned with historical, museum and geneological matters, we assure them all of our interest and goodwill. May they find joy and satisfaction in their work.

One of our major problems is the rising costs of printing, paper and postage. We are reluctant to publish less frequently or to use a cheaper formal. If we can print and sell more Journals our cost per copy is reduced, so we ask our readers to help us by recommending the Journal.