The tale of Mary Wallace : A true pioneer of Tasman

Transcript of a talk given by Storm Nathan at Richmond Library, 27 September 2018, as part of the Herstory 125: Women's Suffrage celebrations.

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The story of Mary Wallis (Wallace) who arrived in New Zealand with her husband John Coster in 1842 and settled in the Nelson region. Her husband was killed in the Wairau Affray the following year, leaving Mary a widow with a young baby daughter. Deciding to persevere in New Zealand, Mary opened a grocery and supply store. The following year she married Richard Wallis.  As well as raising eleven children of her own Mary and Richard went on to open a home for orphaned and "ill cared for" children in Motueka.

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Points of Interest

  • The voyage to New Zealand in 1842
  • Pioneer life in Nelson and Motueka
  • The 'Wairau Massacre'
  • The Wallis Family Children's home (orphanage) in Motueka, also known as Hulmers (1867-1887).

Transcript Information:

  • Date presented:27 September 2018
  • Length of transcript: 6 pages

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