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The Square, 1912 1
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The Square, 1912

The fountain in the foreground of this postcard once stood is in western quadrant of The Square, in front of where the Central Library now sits [2017]. It is shown here before the Coronation monument for Edward VII was added on top (1925). The building with the clock tower is the former Post Office. Built in 1906, it was Palmerston North’s fourth post office. The tower was removed in 1942 after the Wairarapa earthquake. In 1988, when Telecom and Postbank became separate entities, the building ceased to be the Post Office. It currently operates as a bar.

 
View of Church Street and The Square

View of Church Street and The Square

"Looking across The Square to the Grand Hotel and corner of Church Street. From the corner of Fitzherbert Street, on the left are: Bank of New Zealand; Mellsop Elliot and Co; Rankin Butchers; Furnishing Co. Ltd; Evening Standard; A A Pratt; E Olsen Tailor; Borough Council offices; the second All Saints' Church. Gold Medal series postcard. The reverse reads: Date stamped 10 August 1911 from Palmerston North to Miss Shilling, Tutchen Avenue, Wellington. Dear Eva The weather is perfect up here and Dawicks is still the same old place we stayed at before Love to your mother and yourself Jessie"

 
Church Organ

Church Organ

This photograph was created by William James Young in the early 20th century. A large variety of subjects are depicted in the collection, but family, rural life and travel are the most prominent themes. The exact location of the photographs in the Young Collection is unknown, but W J Young lived on a farm in Mt Stewart, Rangitikei, and some of the photographs include his house. The Young family were apparently avid travellers and photographs later in the collection feature scenes from Rotorua, Auckland, Whanganui, as well as other unidentified locations. The portraits are all unidentified, but are presumably of members of the Young family. The photographers parents were George Henry (b 1833) and Jane McDowell (b 1842, d 1916). They came to New Zealand in 1877. The same year, they bought the home farm on Mt Stewart and called it Kilrudden after Kilrudden House, the home of the McDowell family in Ireland. The couple had four children: Ann (b 1873), Margaret (b 1876), John (b 1878) and William James (b 1880). William James married Mary Elizabeth Thompson and they had four children: Doris (b 1914, d 1989), George (b 1916, d 1991), Royden McDowell (b 1925, d 1992) and Noel William (b 1927, d 2013).

 
Construction of Ohakea Air Force Base

Construction of Ohakea Air Force Base

Ohakea Air Force Base was constructed on land near Bulls in the Manawatu, 1937 to 1939. It was built in anticipation of the arrival of bombers, ordered for delivery in October 1939.  The initial construction included housing and maintenance facilities for the new bombers, workshops, administration buildings and accommodation for servicemen and dependents. The two storey house being constructed in the foreground was one for Officers. Photograph found in album related to the Humphries family of Greytown.

 
"Refuelling Time At Ohakea"

"Refuelling Time At Ohakea"

This image was taken for a story that ran in The Manawatu Evening Standard on 2 March, 1959. "Inside the enclosure, D. Lawrence, of Wanganui, has his TR3 Mistral refuelled during the eighth Ohakea motor races on Saturday. Outside were about 30,000 other spectators."

 
Construction of Hangar - Ohakea

Construction of Hangar - Ohakea

Ohakea Air Force Base was constructed on land near Bulls in the Manawatu, 1937 to 1939. It was built in anticipation of the arrival of bombers, ordered for delivery in October 1939. The initial construction included housing and maintenance facilities for the new bombers, workshops, administration buildings and accommodation for servicemen and dependents.

 
High-Ranking Airmen at Ohakea

High-Ranking Airmen at Ohakea

This image was taken for a story that ran in The Manawatu Evening Standard on 17 June, 1963. "Inspecting the R.N.Z.A.F. Station at Ohakea today was New Zealand-born Air Chief Marshal Sir Charles Elworthy (third from left), the Chief Air Staff-designate. With Sir Charles (from the left) are Air Vice Marshal I. G. Morrison, Wing Commander C. J. Horsley and the commanding officer at Ohakea (Group Captain K. W. Trigance)."

 
"Back Home At Last"

"Back Home At Last"

This image was taken for a story that ran in The Manawatu Evening Standard on 10th January, 1963. "After being stranded on the other side of the world, Miss Astrid Paget arrived home in Palmerston North late on Tuesday. The photograph taken at a family reunion yesterday shows Miss Paget (third from left), her sister on the left, and her parents, Mr and Mrs B. Paget."

 
"Serious Business Of Judging Pets"

"Serious Business Of Judging Pets"

This image was taken for a story that ran in The Manawatu Evening Standard on 21st January, 1963. "With the judge's eagle eye on the parade of pets at the Carnival of the Lake, Trixie the collie was quite unperturbed. Her master, Kim Buick, found it a thoughtful matter indeed and in his anxious moments nearly chewed through the leather lead".

 
"The Old & The New" [Ohakea Control Tower]

"The Old & The New" [Ohakea Control Tower]

This image was taken for a story that ran in The Manawatu Evening Standard on 12th January, 1963. "The new control tower at the R.N.Z.A.F. station at Ohakea looms over the old tower. The photograph taken from the roof of the old building shows the modern design of the new tower. It is expected it will become operational in the near future."

 
Stained glass window of the Wesley Methodist Church

Stained glass window of the Wesley Methodist Church

Stained glass windows as photographed from the inside of the Wesley Methodist Church. The two-piece stained glass memorial window is in honour of John Cunninghame, of Palmerston North department store Collinson and Cunninghame fame. This church, originally called St Paul's, was designed by James Bennie in 1911 and was the third Methodist church on the Broadway site. It closed in February 2011 after the Christchurch earthquake and is to be demolished.

 
Stained glass window of the Wesley Methodist Church

Stained glass window of the Wesley Methodist Church

Stained glass windows as photographed from the inside of the Wesley Methodist Church. The two-piece stained glass memorial window is in honour of John Cunninghame, of Palmerston North department store Collinson and Cunninghame fame. This church, originally called St Paul's, was designed by James Bennie in 1911 and was the third Methodist church on the Broadway site. It closed in February 2011 after the Christchurch earthquake and is to be demolished.

 
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Demolition of Wesley Broadway Church

The Wesley Broadway Church was originally called St Paul's. It was designed by James Bennie in 1911 and was the third Methodist church on this site. In 1989 the two Methodist churches in Palmeston North (the other in Cuba Street) combined to become the Wesley Broadway Church. The church was demolished in 2020 as it did not meet the new earthquake standards. Photo taken on a Huawei GR5 mobile device.

 
476-482 Main Street - The Square Centre, former Public Library

476-482 Main Street - The Square Centre, former Public Library

The Borough Council bought this site in 1889. The present building was designed by James Walker and Lloyd C. Love, built by L. McMillan & Co. Ltd. at a cost of £300,000, and was opened on 4 November 1965. The building’s exterior was designed to be as maintenance-free as possible. Eighteen unique stainless steel solar screens covered the Main Street frontage until 2011. Designed to admit maximum light, they also blocked the sun’s glare and heat. Adjustable aluminium louvers shielded the Square frontage. The terrazzo panelling on the building’s exterior consisted of polished marble aggregate, with golden brown aggregate on the ground floor exterior walls being Italian rumble marble. The main double staircase and the water feature beneath it also incorporated these materials. Significant refurbishment in 2011 included removing the exterior screens, and the installation of tinted, double-glazed windows on the upper floors. Later additional windows were installed in the wall overlooking the Square.

 
45-51 The Square – the Grand Building, former Grand Hotel

45-51 The Square – the Grand Building, former Grand Hotel

Designed by Christchurch architect, Joseph Clarkson Maddison, this highly decorated ‘Second Empire’ building is the only example of the style in Palmerston North. ‘Empire’ in this context refers to the French Empire of Napoleon III. The four-storey £17,000 Grand Hotel opened on 15 June 1907. The Grand became the town’s most elaborate building of the period. Containing 59 single and double bedrooms, the building, which was erected by Messrs Trevor & Sons, took about 800,000 bricks and 2,400 bags of cement to construct, excluding that used for plastering. The observation tower, above the street corner, stood 24 metres tall, with a 4.5 metre flagpole atop that. This was, therefore, one of Palmerston North’s tallest buildings, and certainly its most up-market hotel for many years. The landmark tower was removed in 1963, although its base remains. The imposing main staircase, probably carved by local carvers, Messrs Payne & Co., is now the building’s only authentic interior feature.

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