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is a major seaport town near the top end of the South Island, in the Marlborough Sounds with a population of over 4000, with regular ferry services to Wellington.
The land for the town was bought in 1848 and Newton, as it was called was established.
In 1859 the name was changed to Picton in honour of Sir Thomas Picton, one of Duke of Wellington's Generals and was the capital of the Marlborough province until 1865.
In 1876, Picton became a borough and narrowly missed being the capital of New Zealand.

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