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Skandia No. 1, 18 November 1875

This Danish-Norwegian newspaper was produced in Palmerston North on 18 November 1875. The editor was Hjalmar Graff. It is believed that this was the only volume produced. This copy was presented to the Manawatu Evening Standard offices in the 1950s. That organisation passed the copy on to the Palmerston North City Council.

 
Page 1: Palmerston North War Memorial - list of names of war dead
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Palmerston North War Memorial - list of names of war dead

A complete list of all the people named on the Palmerston North War Memorial Cenotaph in The Square, in two parts. The first part is the original WWI names from the 1926 Memorial opening, transcribed in 1990. The second part is a list of names found by the War Research Group set up in 2005 to find all additional known war dead for Palmerston North to that date. The War Research Group consisted of representatives from the Palmerston North City Council, Palmerston North RSA, Palmerston North Officers Club and the Manawatu Standard. Trevor Richards was the researcher

 
Old Manawatu

Old Manawatu

Written by T Lindsay Buick, and sub titled The Wild Days of the West. A history of the Manawatū area, through to 1903 when it was first published. Much of the content is first hand accounts. Chapters entitled: The Land of the Rangitāne; The Second Conquest; The Pakeha; The Rāngitikei-Manawatū Block; The Early Days. Some illustrations contained.

 
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.

 
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

 
Manawatū Roll of Honour 2014 - 2018

Manawatū Roll of Honour 2014 - 2018

This alphabetical list encompasses new research that collates the names of all Manawatū connected deaths during World War I, as can be best ascertained. The list was compiled from Manawatū War Memorials and Rolls of Honour based on the original Manawatū counties in 1914. Supplementary information and verification of names was obtained from the NZ History website, collections of the NZ Society of Genealogists, _“Communities Remember World War One: Memorials of the Manawatū Districts”_ by Peter Olsen and Janet Doyle, newspaper reports, school and electoral rolls, Commonwealth War Graves website and military files of Archives NZ, National Archives of Australia, and National Archives (UK). As can be seen on the list there are questions around some of the entries, e.g. some of the names on memorials have been unable to to be traced and confirmed, there are questions about their connection to Manawatū, etc, but the list has been uploaded in its entirety. ​

 
Manawatu Journal of History: Volume 1

Manawatu Journal of History: Volume 1

The Manawatu Journal of History contains articles on the history of the wider Manawatu area, written by a variety of contributors. The Journal is published annually. Conditions of use: This journal is made available for personal use, study and research and all articles remain copyrighted to their original authors. For permission to reuse or publish please contact: The Editor, Manawatu Journal Associates, PO Box 1702, Palmerston North 4440.

 
From Swamp To City

From Swamp To City

Official souvenir, commemorating the Diamond Jubilee of Palmerston North. The illustrated book was compiled by Robert H Billens and H Leslie Verry and the Organiser was H E Taylor, under the auspices of the Diamond Jubilee of Palmerston North and District Committee, headed by the Mayor, A E Mansford. The book contains a short history of the area, as well as potted histories of some businesses, organisations and institutions, up until 1937. The 50th anniversary of the establishment of the Borough of Palmerston North was celebrated in 1937.

 
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.

 
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Palmerston North Houses 1880 - Present Day

Styles included in this booklet, published by the Planning Department of the Palmerston North City Council City in 1986, are: Cottages (1880-1890), Square Villas (1890-1905), Bay Villas (1900-1910), Late Villas/Early Bungalows (1910-1920), Bungalows (1920-1935), Grand Houses (1918-1938), Flat Roof Styles (1937-1943) and the variety of styles that were popular in the 1940s-1984.

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1986
 
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.

 
Manawatu Journal of History: Volume 5

Manawatu Journal of History: Volume 5

Contents: Editorial - Cushla Scrivens Spending a Penny: Public Rest Rooms for Women in Palmerston North and Feilding - Dorothy Pilkington Veteran Curator: Charles Hirtzel and the Manawatu Philosophical Society Museum - Fiona McKergow Olga Maria Monrad: Danish Pioneer, Mother and Wife - Lise Toenner Researching the History of a House: A Glimpse of Early Feilding - Cushla Scrivens The Choral Societies of Palmerston North - Graham Parsons A Post Office Preserved - Margaret Tate A Life in Photography - Ivan Mandahl, as told to Betty Williamson The Palmerston North Squash Club: The Golden Early Years - Grant Smith Request for Information: The Bridle Track - Noelene Wevell Book Reviews: Monro: The Life and Times of the Man who Gave New Zealand Rugby by Clive Akers (Reviewed by Lucy Marsden) We See What Your Mean... A History of St Dominic's School for Deaf Children and the Catholic Deaf Ministry in New Zealand by Dorothy Pilkington (Reviewed by Kathy Broadley) Terrace End: The Story of Palmerston North's First Suburb by Garry O'Neill (Reviewed by James Watson) Notable Lives Brian Mather Jim Lundy The Manawatu Journal of History contains articles on the history of the wider Manawatu area, written by a variety of contributors. The Journal is published annually. Conditions of use: This journal is made available for personal use, study and research and all articles remain copyrighted to their original authors. For permission to reuse or publish please contact: The Editor, Manawatu Journal Associates, PO Box 1702, Palmerston North 4440.

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2009
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Manawatū
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