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Caccia Birch House from the back, 130 Te Awe Awe Street

Caccia Birch House from the back, 130 Te Awe Awe Street

Caccia Birch, as it is known today, was designed by L G West and built for Jacob Nannestad, a sawmiller, in about 1892. After being sold to Jack Strang in 1903 the house was extensively enlarged, both by him and by the New Zealand Government during the time it was leased to them for use as Government House 1908-1910. In 1921 the house was sold to William Caccia Birch. After Caccia Birch's death it was gifted to the NZ Government, in 1941, and was variously used by the army in WWII, as a convalescent home for nurses, and by both Victoria and Massey Universities. The house has been owned by Palmerston North City Council since 1984 and has been restored and renovated as a conference and function centre. It is a Category 1 listed building with the New Zealand Historic Places Trust because of its historical and architectural and community significance. At the time of this photograph the home was in a state of disrepair.

 
Main Staircase of Caccia Birch House

Main Staircase of Caccia Birch House

Caccia Birch, as it is known today, was designed by L G West and built for Jacob Nannestad, a sawmiller, in about 1892. After being sold to Jack Strang in 1903 the house was extensively enlarged, both by him and by the New Zealand Government during the time it was leased to them for use as Government House 1908-1910. In 1921 the house was sold to William Caccia Birch. After Caccia Birch's death it was gifted to the NZ Government, in 1941, and was variously used by the army in WWII, as a convalescent home for nurses, and by both Victoria and Massey Universities. The house has been owned by Palmerston North City Council since 1984 and has been restored and renovated as a conference and function centre. It is a Category 1 listed building with the New Zealand Historic Places Trust because of its historical and architectural and community significance. At the time of this photograph the home was in a state of disrepair. It shows the Kauri panelling at the sides of the hall and the staircase. The original glass lantern at the foot of the stairs was ripped out by vandals, leaving the exposed wires as can be seen.

 
First Fitzherbert Bridge

First Fitzherbert Bridge

Looking south-west from the top of the Terrace on the Fitzherbert side of the Manawatu River. Note the presence of the Sports Ground, which was laid out by the Manawatu Sports Association between 1895 and 1900 and sold to the Borough Council in the latter year. Note the absence of the native bush close to the bridge which appears in 2007n_br3_brw_0552. This first bridge across the Manawatu River was built in 1877, the second Fitzherbert Bridge, built by Fletcher Construction Co. Ltd, was opened 20 July 1935, and a third bridge, still in use in 2015, was built in 1987.

 
Construction of the Second Fitzherbert Bridge

Construction of the Second Fitzherbert Bridge

This photograph shows the southern most span of the second Fitzherbert Bridge under construction. This bridge was in use until 1986 when the third Fitzherbert Bridge, still in use today, was constructed due to increasing traffic constraints.

 
Construction of C M Ross Building, The Square

Construction of C M Ross Building, The Square

A new 3 storey, C M Ross department store was built to replace a number of buildings, in 1927-1928. This beam appears to be one of the main supporting beams in the building. The beam is probably about to the positioned across the side of the building facing The Square. Taylor and Pointon Engineering, which was located at 89 Rangitikei Street, were the firm involved in construction of the building. See 2008n_bc296_cmross_1603 for a view of the completed building.

 
Broadway Avenue Decorated with Christmas Lights

Broadway Avenue Decorated with Christmas Lights

In 1970, to mark Palmerston North's centennial, the Council arranged to purchase a section of the 1969 Light of London Christmas decorations from Regent Street. Ten lines of lights were purchased at a cost of £2,820 - 9 lines consisting of 1 large centre star, 2 reflector stars and 4 triple drapes. The 10th line was a shield based on the Palmerston North coat of arms. The lines were placed on Broadway Avenue, Rangitikei Street and in the Square. The coat of arms was in Fitzherbert Avenue. It cost $3000 per year to power the lights. They were taken down in March of 1972 for refurbishing and put up for Christmas in 1972-1974. However, the lights were expensive to maintain and they have not been used since [2014].

 
Broadway Avenue

Broadway Avenue

Broadway Avenue, south side. Broadway Chambers is adjacent to Coronation Buildings on the left and Berrymans on the right. Marjorie Daw and King & Teppet on the street front with La Modern Beauty Salon and FG Stockwell Dental Surgeon on the floor above.

 
Fitzherbert East - Aokautere School

Fitzherbert East - Aokautere School

The Fitzherbert East School, near Palmerston North, was built in 1889 by Messrs Perrin, Oakley and Meyrick, and opened to the first pupils March 19th 1889. The school as first built comprised of a single classroom and porch. The photograph shows children, parents and teachers outside the school with a tent alongside.

 
All Saints Church, Church Street

All Saints Church, Church Street

The current brick building is the third church to be constructed on the site since 1875. In 1905, Archdeacon C Coleridge Harper commissioned Frederick de Jersey Clere to design a new church. Clere had designed over 120 churches in New Zealand in his lifetime. The builder was John Henry Meyer who began construction that year. The building was completed in 1914 and consecrated in 1916. It’s a large church, 65 feet wide and a total length of over 140 feet. The design is in the English gothic style and the building is largely authentic on the interior and exterior. Among the many interior features is the Great East Windows, with tracery forming a cross installed in 1924 as a memorial to those who died in the First World War, the organ in 1929; Oamaru stone altar 1939. In the foreground can be seen the lakelet in the Square, constructed in 1909.

 
Sancturary of the All Saints Church, Church Street

Sancturary of the All Saints Church, Church Street

Anglican services began in Palmerston North in 1872. This All Saints Church, built 1914, was designed by Frederick de Jersey Clere in Edwardian Free Gothic style and constructed in brick. It was the third such Anglican church on the same site. It is listed in category 2 of the New Zealand Historic Places Trust register because of its historical, architectural and community significance.

 
Municipal Chambers and All Saints Church, Church Street

Municipal Chambers and All Saints Church, Church Street

The new Palmerston North City Council Municipal Chambers were officially opened by the Mayor, Mr. A E Mansford, 13 June 1945. They were designed by Reginald Thorrold Jaggard and built on the site of the former civic administration building. Today the building houses an arts and cultural centre and is called Square Edge. The All Saints Church was the third on this site, built in 1914.

 
Air Force Funeral Procession Outside All Saints Church

Air Force Funeral Procession Outside All Saints Church

This photograph shows a funeral for the Air Force personnel lost on 25 November 1945 during a routine meteorological flight out of Ohakea. On March 19, 1949 the wreck of the RNZAF Ventura aeroplane with four crew members on-board was discovered; which had been missing since February 28, 1946. The crash location was three miles from Otaki in extremely hill country and the wreck was partially covered by scrub. The crew were: Flight-Lieutenant Walter Gordon Jacobs, the 27 year old Pilot; Flight-Lieutenant Sidney Howard Langton, the 24 year old navigator; Warrant-Officer Hedley Beaumont Newell, the 25 year old wireless-operator-air gunner; AC1 Anthony John Hayhurst, the 22 year old meteorologist. The men were given a combined military funeral at All Saints Church and buried at Kelvin Grove Cemetery in the Military Section. See A175/5 for further information.

 
View of The Lakelet, The Square

View of The Lakelet, The Square

Bertie (Bert) Albert was born 2 January, 1883 at 75 Venue Street in Bromley, Poplar, Country of Middlesex, London. His family migrated to New Zealand in 1910 on the Arawa, arriving in Wellington in 1911. Bert worked in one of the dairy factories in Woodville as a carter, factory assistant and creamery manager. He also worked in Palmerston North at the NZ Farmers Union butter factory. He also appears to have worked as a part-time projectionist in cinemas around Palmerston North and Woodville. The family moved to Matamata in 1919/1920, where Bert's first wife Harriet passed away. The family returned to Palmerston North in 1927. He was employed as a storeman/driver at Goldingham & Becketts, King Street. It is about this time that this collection of photographs was taken. This image was made from a glass plate negative donated to the City Archives in 1971. The photographs were probably taken by Bertie to send home to family in England as postcards.

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Date
1914
Place
The Square, Palmerston North
 
Lakelet and Observatory

Lakelet and Observatory

This photograph gives a view of the Lakelet in The Square. The white dome behind the Lakelet is the Observatory. Constructed in 1903, it was demolished in 1938 after falling into a very dilapidated state. The Lakelet itself was installed in 1909 by the Beautifying Society. It is also known Butterfly Lake because of the shape of the pool.

 
A View of the Occidental Hotel from The Lakelet

A View of the Occidental Hotel from The Lakelet

This photograph gives a view of the Occidental Hotel (the 'Ox') from across the Lakelet in The Square. The Lakelet was installed in 1909 by the Beautifying Society. The Lakelet is shaped like two wings of a butterfly and is bisected by a wooden bridge that serves as the body. The Occidental Hotel stood on the corner of Fitzherbert Avenue and The Square. After the first one burnt down in a fire 12 September 1891, this structure was rebuilt on the same site.

 
A View of the Lakelet

A View of the Lakelet

The Lakelet was constructed in October 1909. It was the main feature of the last quadrant of The Square to be developed by the Beautifying Society. James Nash, Mayor of Palmerston North 1908-1923, opened The Lakelet before a crowd on 27 October 1909. The Lakelet is shaped as a butterfly, with the wings being bisected by a bridge as its body. It is also referred to as the Butterfly Lake.

 
Looking across The Square to All Saints Church, Church Street

Looking across The Square to All Saints Church, Church Street

Anglican services began in Palmerston North in 1872. This All Saints Church, built 1914, was designed by Frederick de Jersey Clere in Edwardian Free Gothic style and constructed in brick. It was the third such Anglican church on the same site. It is listed in category 2 of the New Zealand Historic Places Trust because of its historical, architectural and community significance.

 
Looking across The Square to Church Street West

Looking across The Square to Church Street West

Looking across the lakelet quadrant of The Square in Palmerston North. The building labelled Municipal Offices was originally the offices of the Colonial Bank of New Zealand. The Palmerston North Borough Council first leased tne building in 1900 and then purchased it in 1905. The Library was housed there 1900-1905, then it became the Council offices. The building has now been replaced by what is called Square Edge, an arts centre. On the opposite corner stands the Grand Hotel which opened in 1906 (still standing in 2014). To its right is the Manawatu Daily Times building. It was moved into this space in the 1890s and the newspaper remained here until 1913. The gun in the Square opposite the Grand Hotel was put there in May 1909. The Lakelet was constructed in October 1909, by the Beautifying Society, and remains there today (2014).

 
The Square, Palmerston North

The Square, Palmerston North

A panorama of The Square in Palmerston North, looking doen Rangitikei Street in the background. Visible are the clock tower (the sound shell is now removed) and the DIC building (formerly the CM Ross Building, now home of the Palmerston North City Library).

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