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Letter to Miss Haycock from the PNCC congratulating her on 50 years' service to C M Ross Co. Ltd

Letter to Miss Haycock from the PNCC congratulating her on 50 years' service to C M Ross Co. Ltd

Sylvia Haycock was a long time employee of C M Ross, beginning with the firm in 1902. She was also made a shareholder in 1915. C M Ross Co. Ltd was one of the foremost department stores of Palmerston North and operated in The Square from 1883 until it was sold to Milne and Choyce in 1959.

 
Letter home from Pat Argyle
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Letter home from Pat Argyle

Pat (Percival) Argyle (1890-1915) was the son of Henry and Alice Argyle of Bunnythorpe. At the time of this letter he was working with the railways in Wellington. This letter is to his mother, mainly talking about other family members (including Doris his sister). Pat enlisted and served in World War One. He died at Chunuk Bair in 1915.

 
Signature and seal of Lord Melbourne

Signature and seal of Lord Melbourne

Lord Melbourne was the brother-in-law of Lord Palmerston, and Prime Minister of the United Kingdom for a time when Lord Palmerston was Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs. This record is part of a collection relating to Lord Palmerston (1784-1865), after whom Palmerston North was named. The donor of the Lord Palmerston collection, F C Holland of England (who was interested in philately and postal history) donated a number of items related to Lord Palmerton in the 1970s, after visiting Palmerston North. Cut from larger, unknown document.

 
Envelope adddressed and signed by the Duke of Wellington

Envelope adddressed and signed by the Duke of Wellington

Envelope addressed in the handwriting of the Duke of Wellington, to John ..., Liverpool, from London date stamped 9 June 1830. The Duke of Wellington was Prime Minister of the United Kingdom for short time when Lord Palmerston was Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs. This record is part of a collection relating to Lord Palmerston (1784-1865), after whom Palmerston North was named. The donor of the Lord Palmerston collection, F C Holland of England (who was interested in philately and postal history) donated items relating to Lord Palmerton during the 1970s, after visiting Palmerston North. Envelope cut so that only the front remains.

 
Letter from Len Argyle during WWI
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Letter from Len Argyle during WWI

Len Argyle (1894-1915) was one of the sons of Henry and Alice Argyle of Bunnythorpe. He and his brother Pat (Percival) enlisted in the NZ Expeditionary Forces together and served in World War One. This letter from Len to his parents, was sent from the ship that took them to Egypt after training at Trentham. Len and Pat both died at Chunuk Bair in 1915.

 
Letter from Len Argyle during WWI
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Letter from Len Argyle during WWI

Len Argyle (1894-1915) was one of the sons of Henry and Alice Argyle of Bunnythorpe. He and his brother Pat (Percival) enlisted in the NZ Expeditionary Forces together and served in World War One. This letter from Len to his parents, was sent from the ship that took them to Egypt after training at Trentham. Len and Pat both died at Chunuk Bair in 1915.

 
Letter of thanks from the Palmerston North City Council to Miss Shirley Cleland, regarding the Royal visit

Letter of thanks from the Palmerston North City Council to Miss Shirley Cleland, regarding the Royal visit

Shirley Cleland (now Welch) was one of the many women who helped with the floral arrangements for the Royal Civic Dinner, held in the C M Ross tearooms, for Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Phillip, the Duke of Edinburgh, when they visited Palmerston North 7-8 January 1954. Shirley and others spent all of 6 January arranging the flowers. She also helped to pick the required roses from the Trial Rose Gardens at the Esplanade. At the time she was on the Horticultural staff of Massey Agricultural College.

 
Letter from Len Argyle, at Trenthan during WWI
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Letter from Len Argyle, at Trenthan during WWI

Len Argyle (1894-1915) was one of the sons of Henry and Alice Argyle of Bunnythorpe. He and his brother Pat (Percival) enlisted in the NZ Expeditionary Forces together and served in World War One. This letter from Len to his parents, was sent from Trentham Military Army Camp while they were in training before embarking for Europe. Len and Pat both died at Chunuk Bair in 1915.

 
Polish Army League correspondence

Polish Army League correspondence

Letter from the T. Malinowski, Lieut.-General, Chief of Education and Welfare Branch of the Polish Ministry of National Defence in London, to the Polish Army League. The letter says he has heard of the Polish Army League and wishes them success. The Polish Army League, founded in Palmerston North in WWII, corresponded with and sent parcels to Polish soldiers who served with the allies in World War Two.

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