On Monday 26th July 1926, sixty ladies of Nelson gathered in the afternoon in the Haeremai Room of the building at 296 Trafalgar Street, Nelson City, on the site formerly occupied by the Nelson Institute, for the purpose of inaugurating a Women’s Club. Present were women from prominent families whose descendants are still here in Nelson today.
Traditions of The Nelson Women’s Club
The Bridge Circle was the first to form in December 1926. In February 1927 Drama, Garden, Arts and Crafts, French and Literary Circles were formed, and so the life of the Club really got underway. Today although we no longer have a French Circle, we have added Mahjong, Genealogy, Fit Club, Art & Artisans and Techno Circles that meet in the day and two circles that along with Literary, meet in the evenings – Friday Friends and Evening Circle. Drama and Cycling Circles meet ad-hoc.
During the year we hold open club events where all members participate – Club Luncheons, Cocktail Party and Club Christmas Party.
Our housekeeper is in attendance Tuesday to Friday – 9am to 1pm
Becoming owners of the building
The Nelson Women’s Club took over the lease of the upstairs floor of the building in August 1926, and successfully ran the Club for 39 years as tenants of the Nelson City Council. In 1965 Nelson City Council wanted to sell the building; Club members of the 1965 era took up the challenge and bought the premises, despite the only income being from subscriptions.
The Club celebrates its 95th anniversary in 2021 and we are proud of what had been achieved by volunteers since purchasing the building in 1965. Successive presidents and executive committees, volunteers all, have run a business with responsibilities for maintenance, employment, and governance issues and accountability as landowners and landlords, plus the continued enjoyment of the members. Long hours of voluntary labour have willingly been given by these people, and the general membership, to keep the Nelson Women’s Club and all its Circles afloat and flourishing.
Please email [email protected] or phone (03) 548 4467