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Timeline: Nelson

20 May 1863

  • Rev H M Turton is tried in the Supreme Court on a charge of sodomy (Nelson). One of Turton's servants had accused him of an incident in October 1862. The jury found Turton not guilty. Link: Papers Past

29 June 1875

  • Charles Mackay is born (Nelson). Mackay later became the mayor of Wanganui. Links: Te Ara,

March 1974

  • Gay Liberation Nelson is formed (Nelson)

May 1979

  • The Nelson Gay Welfare group is formed (Nelson). Link: LAGANZ

26 June 1979

  • As part of Gay Pride Week a radio interview is broadcast featuring members of the Nelson Gay Welfare Group (Nelson). The interview is broadcast on 2ZN. A copy of the interview is available at the Lesbian and Gay Archives of New Zealand. Link: LAGANZ

December 1979

  • Nelson Gay Society is formed (Nelson). The Society grew out of the Nelson Gay Welfare Group


  • The group Accept: Human Rights for Homosexuals is formed (Nelson)


4 July 1992

  • Radio Gay Nelson begins broadcasting (Nelson). The programme broadcasts on the local community radio station (later called Fresh FM). In 1994 the programme changed its name to Gaytime FM. Link:

August 1992

  • Moving-image footage: Mika Juiced (Nelson). Footage of the performance at the Nelson STD conference. Ref F62168. Link: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision


  • The first Miss Riwaka Beauty Pagent is held (Nelson). The first pageant was held as a private function. Link:
  • 10 Years Since The Bill is published by Spectrum (Nelson). The booklet is published on the 10th anniversary of the passing of the Homosexual Law Reform Bill, and recalls the campaign and perspectives of people in the Nelson region. The text is later published online. Link: Spectrum

27 January 1996

  • The Spectrum website is launched (Nelson). The website is one of the earliest group websites for gay and bisexual men in New Zealand. Link: Spectrum

1 November 1997

  • The second Miss Riwaka Beauty Pageant is held (Nelson). The event is held at Braemar Gym, with formal dress (ball gown or suit). Link:


  • The Nayland Alliance of Gays and Straights (NAGS) is formed at Nayland College (Nelson)