Thomas William Nalder

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Thomas William Nalder

Birthdate: (93)
Birthplace: Norwich, Norfolk, UK
Death: January 04, 1947 (93)
Nelson, New Zealand
Immediate Family:

Son of Charles Nalder and Mary Ann Nalder
Husband of Mary Ann Nalder
Father of Albert McCormack Nalder; Mabel Jane Goldie; Newton Nalder; Mary Ann Coltman; Agnes Jane Nalder and 2 others
Brother of Charles William Nalder; John Valentine Nalder and Frederick Newton Nalder

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About Thomas William Nalder

After Ninety Years

Nonagenarian looks back on active life

Sailor, Miner and Musician

Mr. Thomas William Nalder, of Haven Road

A familiar figure in the city, on Haven Road (Where he daily feeds the sea birds) and at the port is Mr. Thomas William Nalder, of Have Road, Nelson. Mr. Nalder celebrated his 90th birthday yesterday when members of the family and several friends were his guests at afternoon tea.

Mr. Nalder was born at Norwich, England, and at the age of 2 ½ years came to New Zealand in 1856, in the ship Creswell (Captain Barnett) with his parents, the late Mr. and Mrs. Charles Nalder. The family settled in Nelson. Mr. Nalder’s parents erected their first home on a site in Bridge Street near the present Centennial Motel. The house had sod walls and other materials used in it’s construction included box wood from packing cases brought out from England, The Zinc with which the cases were lined, and timber cut from the bush that surrounded the settlement. Later the family moved to a house in Hardy Street on a site between the Masonic Hotel and the Union Bank of Australia. In 1861 his parents built the large house in Hardy Street opposite the Technical School known as Airedale, which for many years was a popular and private boarding house. The filling work carried out at that time at the Hardy Street end of Alton Street was done by prison labour.

Pupil at Campbell School

Thomas Nalder was a pupil at Matthew Campbell’s School and also attended the Bishop’s School. He started work at the Nelson Telegraph Office but that employment held no interest for him and at the age of 19 years he left home for a more exciting life at sea. He was signed on as a member of the crew of the Norwegian barque Albion. However at Napier he left the ship and became a clerk in the firm of (Not legible) at Napier. At that time the discovery of gold lured many young men from their occupations and Mr. Nalder was among them. He went to Otago and other places in search of gold and later became a coal miner. The call of the sea was strong within him and he returned to that calling. He was engaged on various ships in the NZ coastal trade. Later he secured his Master Mariner’s Certificate and sailed in the schooners Planet, Asa and Fawn, of which he was Skipper for seven years.

Interest in Music

Mr. Nalder has had a life long interest in music and on his 90th birthday he entertained members of his family and friends by accompanying himself on the piano for several songs, playing selections on the concertina and playing a tin whistle duet with his daughter, Mrs. R Goldie. He was formally a member of the Nelson Cathedral Choir and when he was residing in Collingwood and Takaka districts he undertook a group teaching of the local children in singing and the playing of various instruments. During the last war he was a keen worker for patriotic funds and made his musical talents available for many entertainments. Among his many gifts is his beautiful handwriting, examples of which were shown to his guests yesterday after he had written letters to two grandsons now on active service. When talking with a “Mail” reporter Mr. Nalder mentioned that he was present at the printing of the first issue of the “Evening Mail”.

Judge as Guest.

When the Nalder family was living in Hardy Street near the site now occupied by the Masonic Hotel, Judge Gresson came to Nelson for a court sitting. Mr. Heaps, the sheriff, went to Mrs. Nalder and asked if the Judge could stay at their home. She refused, stating that she did not think her cooking was good enough for the judge. Later the judge himself called and asked Mrs. Nalder if she could cook a steak, and bacon and eggs. Her reply being “Yes, of course,” the judge said: “Well, I’m staying here Mrs. Nalder,” and he did. From that beginning Mr. and Mrs. Chas. Nalder established the Airedale boarding house which accommodated many government servants and visiting officials.

Mr. Nalder has always taken a keen interest in mining and claims that the Nelson district contains many mineral deposits which could be profitably developed. He considers that the Baton area has gold which will one day produce considerable wealth.

Diamond Wedding Next Month.

Mr. Nalder married Mary McCormack in Hampden, Otago, on the 11th July 1883 and next month they will celebrate their diamond-wedding anniversary. Mrs. Nalder, now 81 years old, is an expert with the needle and she has may excellent examples of her needle and crochet work in her home.

Mr. and Mrs. Nalder have a family of four daughters and three sons – Mrs. R. Goldie (Wellington), Mrs. H.Coultman (Nelson), Mrs. P.J.Nalder (Wellington), and Messer’s Albert, Newton and Cliff Nalder, all of Nelson. There are 20 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren. The family has a remarkable record in that there have been only two deaths in it, one from sickness and the other on active service when Laurence (SOX) Nalder, a son of Mr. and Mrs. Newton Nalder, lost his life when H.M.S Neptune was sunk in the Mediterranean. One of Mr. Nalder’s sons, Albert, who held the rank of Lieutenant Commander in the last war, is again on active service as captain of an auxiliary naval vessel in the Pacific. Eight of the grandchildren are in the services – Lieutenant Rob Goldie, in the Royal Navy; Sub-Lieutenant Charlie Goldie, in the Fleet Air Arm; Joan Nalder, in the W.A.A.A.F. at Larundel, Victoria; John Nalder, in the Air Force; Albert and Tom Goldie and Ron and Tom Nalder, in the Merchant Navy. Mr. Nalder was predeceased by his three brothers, Charles, Fred, and John.

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Thomas William Nalder's Timeline

June 14, 1853
Norwich, Norfolk, UK
June 11, 1886
Age 32
November 22, 1888
Age 35
Dunedin, Otago, New Zealand
April 12, 1891
Age 37
Nelson, New Zealand
September 4, 1893
Age 40
Nelson, New Zealand
November 28, 1896
Age 43
Age 45
May 23, 1901
Age 47
January 4, 1947
Age 93
Nelson, New Zealand