Luke Nattrass (1804 - 1875)

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Birthplace: London, Southwark, England
Death: Died in Nelson, Rear of Institute, New Zealand
Managed by: Aileen Elsie Rowe
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About Luke Nattrass

Arrived New Zealand 1837 to investigate possibilities of a flax dressing industry. Returned to England to report, and came back to New Zealand 1839 with a number of Irish workers; lived in Wellington near Charles Heaphy. The flax venture being unsuccessful in Wellington, Nattrass moved c.1840 to Nelson, and in partnership with Nathaniel Edwards tried again. On the evidence of notes on the Turnbull copy of the key to his view, Nattrass visited Wellington and drew a panorama from which a lithograph was made, on 2nd and 3rd May 1841 ‘from on board the Brougham then just starting for London’. The second flax business also failing, Nattrass became Librarian of the Nelson Institute until forced by ill-health to retire 1874.

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Luke Nattrass's Timeline

1804
January 19, 1804
London, Southwark, England
February 19, 1804
Surrey, St. George the Martre, England
1836
1836
Age 31
London, England
1837
1837
Age 32
London, England
1845
October 26, 1845
Age 41
Nelson, New Zealand
1853
July 13, 1853
Age 49
Nelson, New Zealand
1875
June 4, 1875
Age 71
Nelson, Rear of Institute, New Zealand
June 6, 1875
Age 71
Nelson, Wakapuaka Cemetary, Block 01, Plot 048, New Zealand
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