16 Oct 2013

The grand granite Cawthorn Steps

From Jesse Mulligan, 1–4pm, 2:23 pm on 16 October 2013

The Cawthorn Steps that lead up to Christ Church Cathedral were named after Thomas Cawthron, the founder of the Cawthron Institute scientific research centre in Nelson. Declared open by their namesake in 1913, the steps are a focal point for the town, hosting royal visits, protests and even a mass haka to celebrate the start of the Rugby World Cup. Historian and author Karen Stade has written a book to mark the centenary of the steps. It's called 'Meet you at the Church Steps: A social history of a Nelson Landmark'.