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Robert Ellis introduced electricity and electric street lights to the Nelson region. In about 1915 he tried using chickens to control the electricity supply.
Robert Ellis, Brightwater, Kohatu, Nelson, Tasman, Waimea, Waimeha, Electricity, te tai o Aorere,
Norman Andrews oral history
Richmond oral history project
National Library of New Zealand
Brightwater Flourmill early 1900s
Alexander Turnbull Library
Ministry for Culture and Heritage
Nelson Provincial Museum
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