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Men in front of Reliance Motors

Men in front of Reliance Motors

Unidentified men in front of Reliance Motors, owned by the Haxton family, circa 1950. Reliance Motors first opened circa 1942 at the back of the Astoria Ballroom on George Street by Fred Haxton. He was later joined by his son, Bruce Haxton. As the Army was allocating work at the time to local garages, Reliance became a key client of the defence force. The business also serviced cars from Grundy’s Rentals, later Mutual Rental Cars, which also located its business on George Street. After Fred Haxton retired, Bruce continued the business, with both commercial and private clients. Reliance Motors was closed in the 1980s when the lease was not renewed.

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Date
January 1, 1950
Place
George Street
 
Car Show, Reliance Motors & Simca Cars

Car Show, Reliance Motors & Simca Cars

Reliance Motors first opened circa 1942 at the back of the Astoria Ballroom on George Street by Fred Haxton. He was later joined by his son, Bruce Haxton. As the Army was allocating work at the time to local garages, Reliance became a key client of the defence force. The business also serviced cars from Grundy’s Rentals, later Mutual Rental Cars, which also located its business on George Street. After Fred Haxton retired, Bruce continued the business, with both commercial and private clients. Reliance Motors was closed in the 1980s when the lease was not renewed.

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Date
January 1, 1950
Place
George Street
 
Vehicle with Campervan in front of Reliance Motors

Vehicle with Campervan in front of Reliance Motors

Reliance Motors first opened circa 1942 at the back of the Astoria Ballroom on George Street by Fred Haxton. He was later joined by his son, Bruce Haxton. As the Army was allocating work at the time to local garages, Reliance became a key client of the defence force. The business also serviced cars from Grundy’s Rentals, later Mutual Rental Cars, which also located its business on George Street. After Fred Haxton retired, Bruce continued the business, with both commercial and private clients. Reliance Motors was closed in the 1980s when the lease was not renewed.

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Date
January 1, 1950
Place
George Street
 

Reliance Motors first opened circa 1942 at the back of the Astoria Ballroom on George Street by Fred Haxton. He was later joined by his son, Bruce Haxton. As the Army was allocating work at the time to local garages, Reliance became a key client of the defence force. The business also serviced cars from Grundy’s Rentals, later Mutual Rental Cars, which also located its business on George Street. After Fred Haxton retired, Bruce continued the business, with both commercial and private clients. Reliance Motors was closed in the 1980s when the lease was not renewed.

Creator
Date
January 1, 1950
Place
George Street
 
Vehicles in front of Reliance Motors Garage

Vehicles in front of Reliance Motors Garage

Reliance Motors first opened circa 1942 at the back of the Astoria Ballroom on George Street by Fred Haxton. He was later joined by his son, Bruce Haxton. As the Army was allocating work at the time to local garages, Reliance became a key client of the defence force. The business also serviced cars from Grundy’s Rentals, later Mutual Rental Cars, which also located its business on George Street. After Fred Haxton retired, Bruce continued the business, with both commercial and private clients. Reliance Motors was closed in the 1980s when the lease was not renewed.

Creator
Date
January 1, 1950
Place
George Street
 
Vehicles in front of Reliance Motors Garage

Vehicles in front of Reliance Motors Garage

Reliance Motors first opened circa 1942 at the back of the Astoria Ballroom on George Street by Fred Haxton. He was later joined by his son, Bruce Haxton. As the Army was allocating work at the time to local garages, Reliance became a key client of the defence force. The business also serviced cars from Grundy’s Rentals, later Mutual Rental Cars, which also located its business on George Street. After Fred Haxton retired, Bruce continued the business, with both commercial and private clients. Reliance Motors was closed in the 1980s when the lease was not renewed.

Creator
Date
January 1, 1950
Place
George Street
 
Vehicles in front of Reliance Motors Garage

Vehicles in front of Reliance Motors Garage

Reliance Motors first opened circa 1942 at the back of the Astoria Ballroom on George Street by Fred Haxton. He was later joined by his son, Bruce Haxton. As the Army was allocating work at the time to local garages, Reliance became a key client of the defence force. The business also serviced cars from Grundy’s Rentals, later Mutual Rental Cars, which also located its business on George Street. After Fred Haxton retired, Bruce continued the business, with both commercial and private clients. Reliance Motors was closed in the 1980s when the lease was not renewed.

Creator
Date
January 1, 1950
Place
George Street
 
Reliance Motors Vehicle

Reliance Motors Vehicle

Reliance Motors first opened circa 1942 at the back of the Astoria Ballroom on George Street by Fred Haxton. He was later joined by his son, Bruce Haxton. As the Army was allocating work at the time to local garages, Reliance became a key client of the defence force. The business also serviced cars from Grundy’s Rentals, later Mutual Rental Cars, which also located its business on George Street. After Fred Haxton retired, Bruce continued the business, with both commercial and private clients. Reliance Motors was closed in the 1980s when the lease was not renewed.

Creator
Date
January 1, 1950
Place
George Street
 
Vehicles in front of Reliance Motors Garage

Vehicles in front of Reliance Motors Garage

Reliance Motors first opened circa 1942 at the back of the Astoria Ballroom on George Street by Fred Haxton. He was later joined by his son, Bruce Haxton. As the Army was allocating work at the time to local garages, Reliance became a key client of the defence force. The business also serviced cars from Grundy’s Rentals, later Mutual Rental Cars, which also located its business on George Street. After Fred Haxton retired, Bruce continued the business, with both commercial and private clients. Reliance Motors was closed in the 1980s when the lease was not renewed.

Creator
Date
January 1, 1950
Place
George Street
 
Vehicles, Reliance Motors

Vehicles, Reliance Motors

Reliance Motors first opened circa 1942 at the back of the Astoria Ballroom on George Street by Fred Haxton. He was later joined by his son, Bruce Haxton. As the Army was allocating work at the time to local garages, Reliance became a key client of the defence force. The business also serviced cars from Grundy’s Rentals, later Mutual Rental Cars, which also located its business on George Street. After Fred Haxton retired, Bruce continued the business, with both commercial and private clients. Reliance Motors was closed in the 1980s when the lease was not renewed.

Creator
Date
January 1, 1950
Place
George Street
 
Bruce Haxton

Bruce Haxton

Photograph of Bruce Haxton who worked for his father's business, Reliance Motors. Reliance Motors first opened circa 1942 at the back of the Astoria Ballroom on George Street by Fred Haxton. He was later joined by his son, Bruce Haxton. As the Army was allocating work at the time to local garages, Reliance became a key client of the defence force. The business also serviced cars from Grundy’s Rentals, later Mutual Rental Cars, which also located its business on George Street. After Fred Haxton retired, Bruce continued the business, with both commercial and private clients. Reliance Motors was closed in the 1980s when the lease was not renewed.

Creator
Date
January 1, 1950
Place
George Street
 
Reliance Motors Vehicle

Reliance Motors Vehicle

Reliance Motors first opened circa 1942 at the back of the Astoria Ballroom on George Street by Fred Haxton. He was later joined by his son, Bruce Haxton. As the Army was allocating work at the time to local garages, Reliance became a key client of the defence force. The business also serviced cars from Grundy’s Rentals, later Mutual Rental Cars, which also located its business on George Street. After Fred Haxton retired, Bruce continued the business, with both commercial and private clients. Reliance Motors was closed in the 1980s when the lease was not renewed.

Creator
Date
January 1, 1950
Place
George Street
 
Fred Haxton, Reliance Motors

Fred Haxton, Reliance Motors

Photograph of Fred Haxton, owner of Reliance Motors on George Street. Reliance Motors first opened circa 1942 at the back of the Astoria Ballroom on George Street by Fred Haxton. He was later joined by his son, Bruce Haxton. As the Army was allocating work at the time to local garages, Reliance became a key client of the defence force. The business also serviced cars from Grundy’s Rentals, later Mutual Rental Cars, which also located its business on George Street. After Fred Haxton retired, Bruce continued the business, with both commercial and private clients. Reliance Motors was closed in the 1980s when the lease was not renewed.

Creator
Date
January 1, 1950
Place
George Street
 
Reliance Motors Vehicle

Reliance Motors Vehicle

Reliance Motors first opened circa 1942 at the back of the Astoria Ballroom on George Street by Fred Haxton. He was later joined by his son, Bruce Haxton. As the Army was allocating work at the time to local garages, Reliance became a key client of the defence force. The business also serviced cars from Grundy’s Rentals, later Mutual Rental Cars, which also located its business on George Street. After Fred Haxton retired, Bruce continued the business, with both commercial and private clients. Reliance Motors was closed in the 1980s when the lease was not renewed.

Creator
Date
January 1, 1950
Place
George Street
 
Heather Glasgow- Heritage Assistant Photo Collection

Heather Glasgow- Heritage Assistant Photo Collection

This photo shows Heather Glasgow looking at a glass plate negative in the Ian Matheson City Archives. Heather was a member of the Heritage team at the Palmerston North City Library for over four years. She played an integral role in the development and promotion of Manawatū Heritage. She was responsible for curating the collection of photos, videos and audio recordings. Heather left the library in July 2018 to move to Japan.

 
Laying 18" Sewer Across Swamp

Laying 18" Sewer Across Swamp

Samuel Jickell was the Palmerston North Borough Engineer from 1904-1919. This photograph shows a sewer pipe being lain in a swamp. The 18" sewer is being laid on a ferro-concrete support as the swamp was over 14 foot deep.

 
Flax transport

Flax transport

This photo shows a line of horse-drawn trams loaded with flax, standing on the bank of the Manawatu River. The bundles of flax have been hauled to the riverbank from the adjacent swamp and are ready for transportation to a flax mill in Foxton.

 
Visit of the Imperial Troops to Palmerston North

Visit of the Imperial Troops to Palmerston North

The Indian troops of the British Imperial Army toured New Zealand and visited Palmerston North for a short time. The train stopped in the centre of The Square, the troops disembarked, performed some displays and them re-embarked on the train. For an account of their reception, see Manawatu Times, 25 February 1901, Page 2 (available online at paperspast.natlib.govt.nz). Note the original wooden All Saints Church on the far left of the image.

 
Visit of the Imperial Troops to Palmerston North

Visit of the Imperial Troops to Palmerston North

The Indian troops of the British Imperial Army toured New Zealand and visited Palmerston North for a short time. The train stopped in the centre of The Square, the troops disembarked, performed some displays and them re-embarked on the train. For an account of their reception, see Manawatu Times 25 February 1901, Page 2 (available online at paperspast.natlib.govt.nz)

 
View of the Fitzherbert Bridge

View of the Fitzherbert Bridge

The Manawatu River appears to be in flood in this photograph. Scaffolding is still in evidence so presumably the photographs were taken just prior to the official opening in July 1935. This replaced the original structure built in 1877. It was constructed by Fletcher Construction and remained until 1986 when it proved too small for the volume of traffic, particularly as it serves the main route to Massey University.

 
Bridge over the Waikanae River

Bridge over the Waikanae River

Wellington and Manawatu Railway bridge over Waikanae river [between 1885 and 1888]. See http://www.ipenz.org.nz/heritage/itemdetail.cfm?itemid=625 for more information about this bridge.

 
A View of the Square

A View of the Square

Looking across the Square, probably from the DIC building. The old Post Office is on the left of the photograph and the library building is opposite it. The library moved to its current home in the old CM Ross building in 1996. The old library building is now the Square Centre - housing office space and a cafe. The King Edward Memorial is on the left side of the photo. It has since been moved to the quadrant of the Square closest to Broadway Avenue. The Hopwood Clock Tower is also visible. It has undergone a number of changes including the removal of the original sound shell at the base of the tower (just visible in this photograph) in the early 1990s and the addition of a cross. During 2007 the Hopwood Clock Tower was refurbished and it is now topped with a lantern style cross. The War Memorial can be seen in front of it.

 
Train Steaming through The Square

Train Steaming through The Square

This photograph of a train steaming through The Square was taken from the top of the Hopwood Clock Tower when it was being constructed in 1956. A railway service between Wellington and Palmerston North began in 1886. The line ran through the Square until after the Milson Deviation was completed in 1959. In 1964 the last passenger train ran through the Square and the tracks were removed. The building on the corner of Main Street West and The Square is the third incarnation of Child's Commercial Hotel.

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