Wakefield, New Zealand
First settled in about 1843, it was originally called Pitfure. However the name was soon changed to Wakefield. This name was after the town of Wakefield in Yorkshire, and not, as many assume, after Captain Arthur Wakefield who led the expedition that first established Nelson City and Province.
Wakefield is notable for Wakefield Primary School, the oldest school in continuous usage in New Zealand. It was set up in 1843 by Mary Ann Baigent, the wife of Edward Baigent. St John's Church in 120 Edward Street, built in 1846, is New Zealand's second oldest surviving church. It is registered by the New Zealand Historic Places Trust as a Category I heritage structure, with registration number 40.
There is a small paper called Window on Wakefield published monthly and distributed to the community.
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- McAloon, J. (1997). Nelson, A Regional History, Cape Catley.