NEW ZEALAND LIGHTHOUSES
James Nelson ( - )
Joined when he was 31, 1870 2
Transferred to Customs Dept in Dunedin. Wife died and requested transfer also child burned to death. 22
Cape Saunders: Tragedy was to plague the lighthouse in it's first few years. In December 16, 1882 Mr. Nelson's wife died suddenly. As the youngest child of the family was only 20 months old, the Marine Department granted the keepers request to transfer out of the Department into the Customs Department. But before he was transferred on March 19, 1883, the two year old daughter of the Assistant Keeper (Patrick Henaghan) and the youngest child of the Mr. Nelson died when the cow shed they were playing in caught fire. Later another child died of illness and six months later, the son of the new Principal Keeper fell over the cliff and broke his wrist. 2
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