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Palmerston North Suffrage Signatories

Palmerston North Suffrage Signatories

This collection features photographs of some of the approximately 523 Palmerston North women who signed the Suffrage petition. The petition was submitted to Parliament in 1893.

 
Freyberg High School

Freyberg High School

Opened in 1955 by Clarance Beeby, Freyberg High School was named after the leader of New Zealand’s World War II armed forces; Lieutenant General Bernard Freyberg. This collection is comprised of items from the archives of Freyberg High School.

 
Memory Lane

Memory Lane

Journalist Tina White's weekly "Memory Lane" article in the Manawatū Standard.

 
The Manawatū Journal of History

The Manawatū Journal of History

The Manawatū Journal of History contains articles on the history of the wider Manawatū area, written by a variety of contributors. The journal is published annually.

 
Back Issues

Back Issues

Back Issues is a local history series that appears weekly in the Manawatū Standard Saturday broadsheet. Each article is the work of Manawatū historians and researchers.

 
General Elections

General Elections

General Elections throughout the years in the Manawatū

 
Manawatu People's Radio

Manawatu People's Radio

Manawatū People's Radio is the broadcast arm of the Manawatū Access Radio Charitable Trust, a not-for-profit Community Access radio station. It provides access to recording equipment and expertise for the community to make their own content, especially groups who have been underrepresented in traditional media. It has been broadcasting on 999AM since 1997, covering a region from the coast to the gorge and from north of Levin to south of Whanganui. It is funded by grants, donations and with support from NZ On Air to deliver content by and for the local community under Section 36)c) of the Broadcasting Act.

 
WWI

WWI

Discover Manawatū's WW1 history

 
Audio Content & Oral Histories

Audio Content & Oral Histories

 
Manawatū Conversations - Oral History

Manawatū Conversations - Oral History

Stuart Birks' oral history recordings as featured on the Manawatū People's Radio programme, "Manawatū Conversations."

 
Poppy Places

Poppy Places

Throughout Palmerston North there are numerous places named after ordinary New Zealanders who made the ultimate sacrifice for their country. The New Zealand Poppy Places Trust has been established to develop, promote, and oversee a nation-wide project to commemorate and recognise as part of the heritage of New Zealanders, the participation of New Zealand in military conflicts and military operational services overseas.

 
"Belonging [Hononga] [Pertencimento]"

"Belonging [Hononga] [Pertencimento]"

"Belonging" is a series of 10 portraits celebrating migrant women who made Palmy their new home. The exhibition reflects on the personal experience of the photographer, Aline Frey, as a migrant woman who chose Palmerston North as a new home for her family and herself.

 
Manawatū Evening Standard Negative Collection

Manawatū Evening Standard Negative Collection

These images come from the back catalogue of negatives created by the Manawatu Evening Standard from 1956-1999. Negatives are continually being digitised and processed, so keep checking back to see what has been added to the online collection. Contact heritage@pncc.govt.nz with any questions about use or access.

 
Heritage New Zealand Buildings

Heritage New Zealand Buildings

Have a look at some of the buildings in Palmerston North that feature on the Heritage New Zealand register.

 
Cook Books

Cook Books

A collection of cook books from research files and community archives.

 
The Stomach posters

The Stomach posters

This collection of posters were loaned for digitisation and display on Manawatū Heritqage by the The Stomach, Lombard Street, venue for Creative Sounds Society Incorporated.

 
'Woodleigh' house in Marton

'Woodleigh' house in Marton

Woodleigh was designed and built in 1911 by architect, James Chapman-Taylor. It is an Arts and Crafts inspired design. It was visited during Local History Week 2019.

 
COVID-19 Pandemic

COVID-19 Pandemic

A collection documenting the COVID-19 Pandemic of 2020.

 
Roland Penhall Collection

Roland Penhall Collection

Images shot by Roland Penhall of the railway yards in Palmerston North.

 
Slack and Hewett Family Album

Slack and Hewett Family Album

Photographs from a small bound photograph album found in the Slack and Hewett Families archive. This album contains informal photographs, mostly of the Hewett family. They lived on Long Melford Road, Awapuni at a homestead called "Waitangi".

 
Sun Park Ngan

Sun Park Ngan

Sun Park Ngan, born 1924, emigrated from China to the Manawatū in 1940, arriving with his brother Joy to join his father in Feilding. He trained as a mechanic and worked at the Farmers Co-Op until beginning his own Fruiterer and Greengrocer business in Bulls in 1950. He travelled widely to sell his produce and was contracted to supply places such as Waiouru Army Camp and Ohakea Air Base. Sun Park Ngan married Kathleen Joe and they raised 5 children. He retired in 1988 and the couple moved to Palmerston North. He died in 2018.

 
Maps

Maps

Manawatū Heritage has a great collection of maps.

 
Young Collection - Glass Negatives

Young Collection - Glass Negatives

Subjects include family, animals and scenic views around New Zealand, including images from Mount Stewart, Rotorua and Auckland.

 
Youth Space

Youth Space

Youth Space is an inviting hub for teens to find inspiration, be creative, socialise and equip themselves with tools and skills to help them live life to the full.

It’s a welcoming, safe, alcohol and drug free space young people aged 13-19 can call their own.

All activities and events are free of charge.

 
Lindsay Family Collection

Lindsay Family Collection

The Lindsay Family Collection consists of images taken by Charles Wildbore in the Manawatū and Horowhenua regions. Included are images depicting the construction of the Mangahao Electric Power Scheme, the flax fibre industry, and life in the Pohangina Valley during the early 20th Century.

 
25th Annual Manawatū Jazz Festival, 1992

25th Annual Manawatū Jazz Festival, 1992

Images of musicians and ensembles performing at the Manawatū Jazz Club's 25th annual Jazz Festival held over Queen's Birthday weekend, 29-31 May, 1992.

 
Peter Patten Collection

Peter Patten Collection

Peter Patten was the Clerk of Works for Palmerston North City Council during the construction of Civic Administration Building. He had an interest in buildings around the city and documented them throughout the 1980s - 2000s.

 
Photo Albums

Photo Albums

From family and school photos to wartime memories and souvenir albums

 
Rugby and League in the Manawatū

Rugby and League in the Manawatū

This collection showcases the long and proud history of local Rugby and Rugby League teams in the Manawatū.

 
Unidentified

Unidentified

Items for which we seek further information.

 
Letters

Letters

Read real letters and postcards sent to and from Palmerston North

 
Awapuni Community Collection

Awapuni Community Collection

 
Local History

Local History

Articles and books pertaining to the history of Palmerston North and surrounding areas.

 
First Voice

First Voice

A celebration of writing by students from non-English speaking backgrounds at Palmerston North Intermediate Normal School.

 
PalmyProud

PalmyProud

PalmyProud celebrates the people, places and events in our city. The free quarterly magazine aims to inspire locals and visitors to learn more about this special place we call home. It’s published by Palmerston North City Council.

 
Friends of the Regent

Friends of the Regent

The Friends of the Regent is a voluntary group established in 1995 during the fight to save the Regent Theatre. Its primary activities are to support the theatre through the provision of Front of House services and fundraising.

 
Manawatū Evening Standard Negative Collection

Manawatū Evening Standard Negative Collection

These images come from the back catalogue of negatives created by the Manawatu Evening Standard from 1956-1999. Negatives are continually being digitised and processed, so keep checking back to see what has been added to the online collection. Contact heritage@pncc.govt.nz with any questions about use or access.