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

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The Houses of Bernard Cox

The Houses of Bernard Cox

Bernard Cox (1905 - 1970) was a Palmerston North architect. The houses designed by Cox are important as examples of modernism, a major twentieth century movement that revolutionised the way houses are designed and constructed and which expressed the social vision of the mid-twentieth century. This booklet, detailing Cox's life and some of his buildings, was written to accompany an exhibition mounted by the Manawatu Branch of the New Zealand Historic Places Trust.

 
‘Taonui, Lombard and Campbell Streets’

‘Taonui, Lombard and Campbell Streets’

Taonui, Lombard and Campbell Streets are amongst the earlier streets settled in Palmerston North. Brian Mather, as a member of the Local History Study Group, gave a series of lectures to interested members. Later, his lecture notes on Taonui, Lombard and Campbell Streets were published, along with supplementary material provided by the Palmerston North Historical Society (the reformed Local History Study Group).

 
‘Mather Papers: Horses’

‘Mather Papers: Horses’

Brian Mather delivered a series of lectures to the Palmerston North History Study Group from 1991 - 2005. 'Horses' was one of those lectures, with supplementary material provided by Garry O'Neill and Colin Rush. The book was published by the Palmerston North Historical Society.

 
Lecture Notes: "Rangitikei Street"

Lecture Notes: "Rangitikei Street"

Brian Mather delivered a series of lectures to the Palmerston North History Study Group from 1991 - 2005. 'Rangitikei Street' was one of those lectures. As well Garry O'Neill contributed much supplementary material to the original lecture. The book was published by the Palmerston North Historical Society.

 
Lecture Notes: "Cuba Street’"

Lecture Notes: "Cuba Street’"

Brian Mather delivered a series of lectures to the Palmerston North History Study Group from 1991 - 2005. 'Cuba Street' was one of those lectures, with supplementary material provided by Garry O'Neill and Colin Rush. The book was published by the Palmerston North Historical Society.

 
Palmerston North City Council History

Palmerston North City Council History

A brief history of the development of the local authority that has administered Palmerston North since 1877 - Palmerton North Borough Council 1877-1930 and Palmerston North City Council 1930 onwards. Ian Matheson, City Archivist, created a series of manuscripts on the local history of Palmerston North in the course of his work.

 
The Manawatu Knitting Mills Limited History
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The Manawatu Knitting Mills Limited History

A sheet outlining the history of the Manawatu Knitting Mills Limited, probably created for the 1983 centenary of the establishment of the business. The business was founded by John Stubbs in his home, and moved to the Main Street site in 1889. It was originally named Stubbs Hosiery Factory, then the Manawatu Hosiery Factory before it became the Manawatu Knitting Mills Ltd in 1932. For more information on the Manawatū Knitting Mills, see White, Jill (2007). ["Women at Work in the Manawatū Knitting Mills." _Manawatū Journal of History_, Vol. 3](https://manawatuheritage.pncc.govt.nz/item/d1572973-019a-4679-9600-89222ba78491/pdf), pp.20-29.

 
Thorrold – Jaggard’s Caravans

Thorrold – Jaggard’s Caravans

Notes on the caravans built by Reginald Thorrold - Jaggard, a Palmerston North architect. The archives of the architectural firm of Reginald and William Thorrold-Jaggard are held in the Ian Matheson City Archives

 
Time to Speak: Breaking the Silence on the Shannon Military Defaulters' Camps and their Aftermath

Time to Speak: Breaking the Silence on the Shannon Military Defaulters' Camps and their Aftermath

An article about Whitaunui and Paiaka camps for conscientious objectors during WWII, officially called military defaulter camps. It complements an article based on local information drawn from a range of archival and published sources, that appeared in the 2016 issue of the Manawatū Journal of History. After that publication and a subsequent lecture the author was approached by a number of people who had memories of the camp and this article is based on this new material. This article was originally published in the 2018 "Manawatu Journal of History", and this copy extracted from that Journal for publication. It is a proof copy, although it is believed to be free of proofing errors.

 
Power: Electrical Supply to the Manawatu

Power: Electrical Supply to the Manawatu

Colin Rush, the author, was involved in the Electrical Industry from 1952. He began at Hayward’s sub-station, was then employed as a cadet, and worked in the engineering work-shop. After being called up for Compulsory Military Training he left the State Hydro Department and joined the electrical firm of J. Lennon Ltd. as an apprentice. After fifteen years working on various building sites, he joined the Manawatū-Oroua Electrical Power Board (MOEPB) as a Fault-man/Operator and over the next twenty years became the Board’s Safety Officer, Electrical Inspector, Staff Officer, and Training Officer. This collation of information was published with the help of the Palmerston North Historical Society

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