Thomas William Nalder

Male Abt 1854 - 1947  (~ 93 years)


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  • Name Thomas William Nalder 
    Born Abt 1854  Norwich, Norfolk, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Immigration Abt 1856  Nelson City, Nelson, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location 
    came to New Zealand in 1856, in the ship Creswell (Captain Barnett) with his parents, the late Mr. and Mrs. Charles Nalder.  
    Social Occasion 1943  Haven Rd, Nelson City, Nelson, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location 
    90th birthday 
    • 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 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.
      Source Newspaper Clipping About 1943 Original Held By Peter Caves (erom@orcon.net.nz)
    Died 4 Jan 1947  New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    • Aged 93 years
    Buried 6 Jan 1947  Wakapuaka Cemetery, Nelson City, Nelson, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I13694  Frost Family
    Last Modified 14 Apr 2017 

    Family Mary Ann McCormack,   b. 30 Nov 1861, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Nov 1957, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 95 years) 
    Married Abt 1883  New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Children 
     1. Mabel Jane Nalder,   b. Abt 1886, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location
     2. Mary Ann Nalder,   b. Abt 1888, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location
    +3. Albert McCormack Nalder,   b. 12 Apr 1891, Motupipi, Golden Bay, Tasman, Nelson, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 Feb 1986, Nelson, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 94 years)
     4. Newton Nalder,   b. Abt 1893, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location
     5. Agnes Jane Nalder,   b. Abt 1897, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location
    +6. Clifton Thomas Nalder,   b. 29 Dec 1898, Nelson City, Nelson, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Aug 1970, Nelson City, Nelson, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 71 years)
     7. Eva Doreen Nalder,   b. Abt 1901, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location
    Last Modified 12 Oct 2013 
    Family ID F13566  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsImmigration - came to New Zealand in 1856, in the ship Creswell (Captain Barnett) with his parents, the late Mr. and Mrs. Charles Nalder. - Abt 1856 - Nelson City, Nelson, New Zealand Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - Abt 1883 - New Zealand Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsSocial Occasion - 90th birthday - 1943 - Haven Rd, Nelson City, Nelson, New Zealand Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 4 Jan 1947 - New Zealand Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - 6 Jan 1947 - Wakapuaka Cemetery, Nelson City, Nelson, New Zealand Link to Google Earth
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  • Sources 
    1. [S293] BDM NZ Historical Records, (http://www.bdmhistoricalrecords.identityservices.govt.nz/home/), 1947/18990 (Reliability: 3).

    2. [S10] Marriage Register Index , NZ 1883/2343 (Reliability: 3).