Sunday, 22 January 2012
Chez Eelco

Eelco Boswijk is a legend in his own time, a pioneer and a tireless patron. Now retired, his legacy is the vibrant artistic community in Nelson, many members of which got their start by exhibiting in his café, Chez Eelco.

Gallery: Chez Eelco, friends, family and the man himself

Chez Eelco Sunflowers

It was the hub of Kiwi Bohemian life from the ‘60s through to the ‘90s and one of the very first coffee houses in New Zealand. Eelco emigrated from the Netherlands in 1951 and came into his own at the café where he hosted an endless stream of young people keen to enjoy the atmosphere, the coffee and the conversation. And he’s still held in very high regard in the Nelson community – especially by the women. Amelia Nurse talks to his friends and family and the man himself about the times at Chez Eelco.