Edwin and Emily Harris at the Royal Astronomical Society of New Zealand Annual Conference in Nelson

By Michele Leggott and Catherine Field-Dodgson, with research support from Wayne Orchiston and Ian Cooper First there were Emily’s three small oil paintings of celestial events, each with a connection to Dr Frank Bett, her friend and neighbour in Nile St from around 1910. Bett owned the three paintings and after his death in 1957 Read More…

Emily Harris and the Takaka Caves

By Jackie Cook So what does Emily Harris have to do with caves? From the 1890s to 1914, something of a vogue arose in Nelson for visiting caves.  Four aspects of life in late nineteenth/early twentieth century colonial culture had intersected upon this rather unlikely spot. Taken in sequence, they help explain how an interest Read More…