Education in Nelson - 1842-2002
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The Nelson Province played an important role in the history of New Zealand education. It was the first Province to initiate free public education, based on Matthew Campbell's secular school system, which became the model for the country. It had the first secondary school in New Zealand (Catholic) and the first secular secondary school, plus there is Wakefield School; the oldest continuous public school in New Zealand.
A timelineIs your school listed here, or do we have Your Story about your school? You are welcome to submit a story about your school, or add a comment to this timeline so that we can add relevant dates.Portrait of Matthew Campbell, The Nelson Provincial Museum, Tyree Studio Collection, 69466/3
Click to enlarge1842-1900 ; 1900- 1842
March 27 - the first private school in the Nelson settlement opens in a house made of toi toi, in December it moves to a specially built room in Tasman Street
September 12: The Nelson Branch of the British and Foreign School Society, with land and financial support from the Nelson Wakefield Company (forerunner of New Zealand Company), opens the first public school in Nelson, located in Bridge Street near the eel pond. The headmaster is William Moore. It closes following the Wairau Affray in June 1843.
October: The Nelson School Society under the leadership of Matthew Campbell establishes the Nelson Day school [note - some sources say the School was established February 1844]. 1844
January 1: Wakefield School is formally opened. Wakefield is the oldest continuous public school in New Zealand.
January 21: ‘Bishop's School' (Bishop Selwyn's Anglican School), a Church of England Elementary School is built in Nile Street, Nelson. 1845
May 18: Spring Grove School is opened.
December 28th: A school opens in Brook Green (the original name for Stoke) Later to become Stoke School