First Signal Station, Port Nelson; John GULLY; 399

Name/Title

First Signal Station, Port Nelson

About this object

Watercolour landscape of the Port Nelson signal station with flag posts and grazing cattle in foreground. View overlooks Tasman Bay with the Mount Arthur Range in background.

Maker

John GULLY

Medium and Materials

Watercolour on paper

Place Made

Nelson

Subject and Association Keywords

Architecture/Station

Subject and Association Keywords

Industry/Farming

Subject and Association Keywords

History

Subject and Association Keywords

Mountains/Mountain ranges

Subject and Association Keywords

Landscapes/Regional landscapes/Nelson landscapes

Subject and Association Keywords

Industry/Marine

Subject and Association Keywords

New Zealand/South Island/Nelson

Subject and Association Keywords

New Zealand/South Island/Nelson/Nelson Harbour

Subject and Association Description

Nelson's first signal station was built in 1841 on Britannia Heights and an interpretative history board continues to mark the spot today.

It was a very visible position and ships used the station to help navigate the difficult entrance to Nelson Harbour. A red flag signalled the position of the tide so that ships would know whether or not there was sufficient water to enter.

Credit Line

Presented by Miss Hilda Small in 1968

Object Type

Painting

Object number

399

Copyright Licence  

All rights reserved

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