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The Weka

The Weka

The person standing in front of the engine is my Father Harold Stewart and the person on the footplate is his brother David Stewart. Both men were trained at the workshops. They were sons of J T Stewart  the person who surveyed the Manawatu/Rangitikei districts and laid out Palmerston North and other settlements. The Weka was refurbished at the Feilding workshop of Harold Stewart located in Beaty St. This photograph was taken in the northern goods yard of the Feilding railway station. A north-bound train can be seen leaving the station about to cross Kimbolton Rd. Photograph taken 1906.

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1906
 
The pleasure of reading

The pleasure of reading

The enjoyment of books has never waned for Annabell Tuttitett. Even at 102 she enjoyed receiving selected books to read each fortnight. She is soon to start receiving audio books as an alternative to print.

 
A chance to chat

A chance to chat

There is always something to chat about, particulary about the last books read. 

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Date
April 12, 2017
 
Preparing the blanquilt

Preparing the blanquilt

L - R Becca Hoffman, Robyn Wilson, Susie Williams-Dobson and Kynne Kroll, all PNCC staff who contributed to preparing the Blanquilt

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Date
April 26, 2107
 
The joy of reading

The joy of reading

At 102, Annabelle has enjoyed books her whole life. With failing eyesight she is about to try audiobooks as an alternative to print.

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Date
April 12, 2017
 
Creative team

Creative team

L  - R Becca Hoffman, Lesley Phillips, Robin Wilson,  Susie Williams-Dobson and Lynne Kroll.  Missing from the photo is Lisa Guthrie

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Date
April 26, 2017
 
The mayor assists

The mayor assists

Mayor Grant Smith, was the first to hand-stitch on one of the hundreds of poppies

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Date
April 26, 2017
 
Unidentified Child

Unidentified Child

While “Lane” is scratched on the plate no accompanying information is available. The photograph was widely circulated during the 1970 centenary celebrations but no details were forthcoming from the public.

 
Ian Matheson and his teddy bear

Ian Matheson and his teddy bear

Ian Matheson (1946 - 2002) was born in Palmerston North, the only child of Roderick and Marjorie Matheson. The Matheson family has been associated with Palmerston North since the 1880s. Ian Matheson worked with the Palmerston North city archives 1971 -2002,and was the first local body Archivist in New Zealand. He was a prolific researcher of Palmerston North history, with a particular interest in the flax industry. He was awarded a QSM in 1999 and a Massey medal in 2002.

 
Palmerston North Polytechnic, corner of Queen and Princess Streets

Palmerston North Polytechnic, corner of Queen and Princess Streets

This building was designed by the architect, Frederick de Jersey Clere, as the Palmerston North Technical Institute in 1909. It was greatly altered in the early 1930s when gables and associated embellishments were removed for safety reasons. It was taken over by the Palmerston North Teachers' College in 1955. In 1971 possession returned to the then Polytechnic, now UCOL. In 1998 it was restored and now looks fundamentally the same as the original.

 
Ernest and Harriet Davis

Ernest and Harriet Davis

Ernest Davis (1901-1981) in army uniform and his mother, Harriet Davis, walking outside the Post Office, in The Square, Palmerston North. Ernie served in WWII, and soon after this photograph embarked for Italy. Ernie, was the son of James and Harriet Davis. He later became a housing inspector, and married Dot Rennet in 1954. He died in Wanganui.

 
'Russian Jack', swagger

'Russian Jack', swagger

One of the last New Zealand swaggers, Russian Jack's real name was Barrett Krumer. He roamed the Manawatu and Wairarapa for 53 years, walking between Mauriceville, Dannevirke, Woodville, Manawatu Gorge, Ashhurst, Taihape, Mangaweka, Ohingaiti, Hunterville, Bulls, Feiling, Pahiatua, Eketahuna and Masterton. Russian Jack was born in Latvia in 1878 and died and was buried in Greytown, 1967. A statue of him is in the Library Square, Masterton.

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