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Back Issues: Talents took centre stage for kindy fundraisers

Back Issues: Talents took centre stage for kindy fundraisers

Local historians weekly "Back Issues" article in the Manawatū Standard. Fundraising talent shows were organised by kindergarten parents, 1958-1970s. Parents from different kindergartens organised and performed in the shows. These were held at the Palmerston North Concert Chamber, the Council Chambers, the old Opera House and later in the Regent Theatre.

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Palmerston North
 
Back Issues: The fight for the 'torturous' gorge road

Back Issues: The fight for the 'torturous' gorge road

Local historians weekly "Back Issues" article in the Manawatū Standard. The Manawatū Gorge has been a vital east -west access way since people first came to the region. For Māori, the river was the highway through the gorge they called Te Āpiti. Road formation and bridge building started in the 1860s. Road improvements developed as the number of motor vehicles increased, and an official opening of the road was held in 1926.
Throughout its history, the road has had regular slips and fallen boulders, with frequent road closures necessary for repair work. When slips closed the road in April 2015 and again in April 2017, the road was closed forever.

Building of a replacement route Te Ahu a Turanga - Manawatū Tararua Highway began in 2020 and is due to be completed mid 2025.

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Manawatu
 
Back Issues: Concrete evidence of a proud Palmy look

Back Issues: Concrete evidence of a proud Palmy look

Local historians weekly "Back Issues" article in the Manawatū Standard. Concrete log fences are almost a unique Palmerston North feature. There are some 30 homes throughout the city with the fences, built in the 1920s. The most recognised of the fences surrounds 170 Russell Street, the "Log Cabin" house.

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Palmerston North Boy's High School Sports Day

Palmerston North Boy's High School Sports Day

Palmerston North high school inter club sports day around 1970

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North Street, Palmerston North
 
Guy Donaldson, music career Part 5 - Manawatu Conversations

Guy Donaldson, music career Part 5 - Manawatu Conversations

Broadcast on Manawatu People's Radio, 30th April 2024. Part 5 of 5. College of Education merged into Massey University. He was not satisfied with the changes. Less emphasis on music. Didn’t like institutional life any more so asked to take leave for a year and eventually took voluntary redundancy.  Became a piano and vocal teacher working from home. His wife, Judith, did doctorate on the pressures on music teachers in secondary schools. He increased his involvement with community music in Palmerston North. Worked with Anna Leese and Dame Malvina Major Because of ageing population, there was a change to afternoon or house concerts. Reduced audiences restricted Regent Theatre to downstairs only. Ballet can attract larger audiences because it is more visual. What is now concert music was initially music found in churches or amongst the wealthy royalty of Europe. Brass band music and aspects of choral music were related to the working class. Chamber music is considered elitist.  Some children these days have a very short attention span but there are exceptions. He has the luxury of being able to work with young people to support their personal growth and musical growth. Has a five year old student who is the very best of his piano students. To succeed, a musician needs personal characteristics such as stamina, self-discipline and resilience. Music therapy is important for older people. “Music goes deeper into the sole than does speech” 

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Palmerston North
 
Guy Donaldson, music career Part 4 - Manawatu Conversations

Guy Donaldson, music career Part 4 - Manawatu Conversations

Broadcast on Manawatu People's Radio, 23rd April 2024. Part 4 of 5. Had been teaching in Auckland but it wasn’t working out financially so transferred to College of Education in Palmerston North. Learned how to teach music at primary schools based on music discoveries and experimentation. Worked as the music director of The Renaissance Singers a choir started by Graham Parsons. A third of the choir didn’t agree with his goals and left but were replaced by others who joined. Performed The Messiah - very successful. Guy was learning on the job as he had no training as a choral conductor. Was invited to do a series of orchestral concerts with the Manawatu Sinfonia. Conducting a choir is different than conducting an orchestra. Has been active on committees of registered teachers, singing teachers and Musica Viva. John and Clace Schwabe covered all aspects of instrumental and vocal music. Saturday morning music still going. An amazing range of music activity in Palmerston North but leadership is a problem. Manawatu Sinfonia and Manawatu Youth Orchestra now don’t have a regular conductor. Concert music is suffering from lack of involvement by the general community. Audiences becoming smaller. Asians value western concert music and are more prominent. Very few churches have choirs. Concert music tradition is struggling. Popular music favoured.   

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Palmerston North
 
Guy Donaldson, music career Part 3 - Manawatu Conversations

Guy Donaldson, music career Part 3 - Manawatu Conversations

Broadcast on Manawatu People's Radio, 16th April 2024. Part 3 of 5. Was the founding head of music at Awatapu College. Employed in second year of college existence. College’s culture was equality for all. Non streaming. Became Assistant Dean. Left school teaching to focus on piano playing and teaching. Set up his own piano teaching practice mainly after school and Saturday mornings. Marriage collapsed.  Abandoned private teaching and became an English teacher at Palmerston North Girls High School. Shifted to Auckland and started a piano teaching practice in Remuera and part time music teacher at Sacred Heart College. Was appointed the vocal trainer for Leonard Bernstein production called Mass and played in the orchestra with the Auckland Symphonia. Returned to Palmerston North and took a position at the teachers college.  Music scene in Auckland too big. He was a small cog in a big wheel. Family life suffered because of ambition to succeed in work. Marriage broke up. After an overseas trip came back to Palmerston North Teachers College and worked with Graham Parsons, Morva Croxson, Fleur Stark, Robert Hoskins and Jenny Boyack. Money was available for a very liberal education. University and college training did not prepare upcoming teachers adequately for real life classroom teaching.  

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Palmerston North
 
Guy Donaldson, music career Part 2 - Manawatu Conversations

Guy Donaldson, music career Part 2 - Manawatu Conversations

Broadcast on Manawatu People's Radio, 9th April 2024. Part 2 of 5. While at Canterbury University it was suggested he take up secondary school teaching. Decided to be a teacher of English and French but was persuaded to drop French and take music. Started teaching at Rongotai College in Wellington where he was eventually in charge of music. Teaching boys songs often descended into chaos. Met his first wife who was also on the staff of Rongotai College.  Was in charge of the Bach Choir in Wellington for one year before Roy Tankersley took over as music director. Decided to resuscitate his piano playing so had sessions with Maurice Collier who he had previously met at Whanganui Collegiate. Maurice lived near Taihape. Moved to Palmerston North to Freyberg High School. Became involved in the Operatic Society then took up a position with the Palmerston North Choral Society. Also taught at Awatapu College. Wanted more time to focus on piano so resigned from Awatapu College and became a private piano teacher in the 1980s, His wife was a teacher at Linton prison.   

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Palmerston North
 
Guy Donaldson, music career, Part 1 - Manawatu Conversations

Guy Donaldson, music career, Part 1 - Manawatu Conversations

Broadcast on Manawatu People's Radio, 2nd April 2024. Part 1 of 5. Well known in Palmerston North music scene. Raised in Whanganui. Interested in drama but had a speech impediment so took up piano. Didn’t have a piano at home so practiced on other people’s pianos. Started piano lessons when at intermediate school. Eventually got a piano. Went to Whanganui Collegiate as a day boy and met a piano teacher, Maurice Collier. Piano teaching was not part of school curriculum so parents had to pay. Was a duck out of water because most boys played sport. Spent most of the first term in hospital with peritonitis. Was school prefect during his last year at school and was required to cane other boys which he didn’t like. Went to Canterbury University where Maurice Till was a piano tutor. Focused on doing a BA in English. Music was part of BA. Sang in university choir. Also had to do chamber music. While performing at the Ngaio Marsh Theatre the piano caught in the rising curtain and lifted it off the floor. He owns an electronic keyboard but won’t use it for performances. The acoustic piano offers a greater range of colour and variety of sound. He prefers a grand piano. 

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Palmerston North
 
Group discussion, part 2, Easter and Christmas - Manawatu Conversations

Group discussion, part 2, Easter and Christmas - Manawatu Conversations

Broadcast on Manawatu People's Radio, 26th March 2024. Part 2 of 2.  Suggested that Easter is a bigger Christian festival than Christmas. Easter chocolates, hot cross buns, Sunday roast lamb. Some people have no meat on Good Friday. Fish is ok. Easter not mentioned in schools because of diverse religious groups. A big change in Easter shopping hours in recent years. Christmas – a trend towards a more easily prepared Christmas lunch so everyone can participate in pre-lunch socialising. Barbeques and salads. In years gone by – Christmas pudding with coins in it. Christmas cake. Carols. Crackers. In northern hemisphere, Christmas breaks up the monotony of long, cold days. Brass bands travelling around the neighbourhood on the back of trucks playing Christmas carols. Christmas lights in London. Snow on English roads melted by spreading salt which caused rust in cars. Presents from parents for children in pillow cases when they woke on Christmas Day but other presents under the Christmas tree for opening later. Boxing Day sales.   

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Palmerston North
 
Group discussion, part 1, food reminiscencies - Manawatu Conversations

Group discussion, part 1, food reminiscencies - Manawatu Conversations

Broadcast on Manawatu People's Radio, 19th March 2024. Part 1 of 2.   Sunday roast dinners. No refrigerators. Perishable food was kept in safes with air flow. Roast chicken only for special occasions. Difference between European and Asian styles of eating and food of different ethnicities. Ingredients difficult to get during war years. Milk delivered early in the morning by a milkman. Billies no bottles. Milk at schools for health reasons. Problem with keeping it out of the sun. Milk puddings. Britain used to have school dinners. Some New Zealand schools now serve lunch. Discussion about children’s footwear. Children now encouraged to grow their own produce.  

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Palmerston North
 
Lynley de Roles, Royal wedding, UK trip - Manawatu Conversdations

Lynley de Roles, Royal wedding, UK trip - Manawatu Conversdations

Broadcast on Manawatu People's Radio, 12th March 2024. Lynley de Roles.   Went on Womens Weekly tour to Prince Charles’ and Princess Diana’s wedding in 1981. Travelled via Los Angeles and Disneyland. Stayed at Waldorf Hotel which was on the procession route but watched wedding on TV. Big crowds night before watching fireworks at Hyde Park. Afterwards travelled with group around England, Scotland and part of Wales. Family connections with England but born in Dunedin. Went to eight different schools in New Zealand including five years at high school in Hawera. Houses in England quite different to New Zealand. A few people on tour did a side trip to Paris. Visited The Louvre. Enjoyed Botticelli’s fresco. Has been back to France since that trip. Because of family connections has experienced food of different nationalities in NZ.    Women’s Weekly group tour to UK, Charles and Diana’s wedding. To LA, San Fransisco, Disneyland. To London, 2-3 week tour of the UK. At Waldorf, watched wedding procession going past, then on big TV screen. Event in Hyde Park the previous evening. Impressions of England, knowledge from school, family ties. Lots of photos of places, not so meaningful now. To Paris, Louvre. Why uncle settled in the UK. Stopover in Singapore. Experienced different foods in childhood, not so common in 1950s NZ. Men cooking. Traditional roasts, etc..   

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Palmerston North
 
Neill Haggarty Part 2 of 2, Behaviour of New Zealand birds - Manawatu Conversations

Neill Haggarty Part 2 of 2, Behaviour of New Zealand birds - Manawatu Conversations

Broadcast on Manawatu People's Radio, 5th March 2024. Part 2 of 2.   Explains difference between endemic, native, introduced and vagrant birds. Endemic bird population is reducing because of loss of habitat caused by humans. Efforts are being made to develop reserves and eliminate predators. Tuis have adapted to urban environment because of planting of nectar trees. Tuis move out of town to bush areas such as Turitea Valley and lower Ruahines at night. He talks about migratory birds. Manawatu Estuary a world heritage site.  Photography useful to help with identification. New Zealand considered seabird capital of the world. Blue duck (Whio) is rare (endemic) and found nowhere else in the world   

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Palmerston North
 
Neill Haggarty Part 1 of 2, New Zealand Bird Atlas - Manawatu Conversations

Neill Haggarty Part 1 of 2, New Zealand Bird Atlas - Manawatu Conversations

Broadcast on Manawatu People's Radio, 27th February 2024. Part 1 of 2. Involved with New Zealand Bird Atlas probably largest citizen science project undertaken in NZ. In conjunction with Cornell University ornithology laboratory. Part of a worldwide project. Running over five years – ending May 2024 – to determine distribution and abundance of every bird species seen. Observations recorded digitally using GPS. New Zealand divided into squares and each observation placed in a square. May be different environments in the same square. Reviewers check observations and may ask for more information. www.ebird.org 

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Palmerston North
 
Betty & Ian Colquhoun College House, Palmerston North Boy's High School 1971

Betty & Ian Colquhoun College House, Palmerston North Boy's High School 1971

I attended College house between 1968 and 1972 and was the College House photographer so I collected a few images from that period.

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North St , Palmerston North
 
PNBHS First 15 Rugby game

PNBHS First 15 Rugby game

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Mike Lawrence, passenger trains, Wellington-Auckland - Manawatu Conversations

Mike Lawrence, passenger trains, Wellington-Auckland - Manawatu Conversations

Broadcast on Manawatu People's Radio, 7th May 2024.  Late 1880s travel between Wellington and Auckland was train to New Plymouth, ship to Onehunga and local train to Auckland. First through train using the main trunk line was 1909. Two trains each way each night – Limited and Express Mail van on the express transported and sorted mail for stations en route. Trains had first class and second class carriages and a sleeping car. Could hire pillows. Disabled people not catered for. Frequent stops for refreshments and fuelling steam locomotives. Limited express train replaced by Silver Star overnight train using diesel locomotives in 1971. Single and double cabins. Seats converted to beds. Built-in toilet units. Every carriage had an attendant who would look after passenger needs and serve breakfast on a tray. Trains had a dining car for evening meals and beverages.  Air travel became more popular during 1970s. Silver Star patronage declined and Silver Star stopped in 1979. Plans to convert Silver Star to a ‘seats only’ daytime train didn’t work so some carriages were sold to Malaysia. 

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Palmerston North
 
Arohanui Hospice Part 1 - Manawatu Conversations

Arohanui Hospice Part 1 - Manawatu Conversations

Broadcast on Manawatu People's Radio, 14th May 2024.   Part 1 of 2 A movement was started in mid 1980s to establish a hospice in Palmerston North.  Mary McKenna and Dr Garth Wallace were involved from the start and fund raising started. Palmerston North Hospital not keen to have a hospice but the public were. Opened in 1991 with eight beds Purpose - to provide holistic care in the last period of life, to support patients and family. Acquired and developed the medical superintendent’s house on hospital property at 1 Heretaunga Street, Palmerston North. Friends of Hospice donate $20,000 every year. Over 120 staff – mostly part time paid staff and volunteers including community nurses, inpatient nurses, occupational therapists and a chaplain.  A large family support team. They also help with PoA and wills.  Support carers at home and the surviving partner.  Palliative care training is provided for carers, nurse practitioners and other staff.  They keep in touch with GPs Most people are cared for in their homes – that’s where they want to be.  Patients from Peka Peka in the south to Waiouru in the north and Whanganui to Tararua. Only 27% ever have an inpatient stay and mostly for only a short time. Care and advice available 24/7 Once cancer was predominant but now 30% of patients have a different life limiting illness e.g. bad heart, kidney failure, motor neurone disease etc 

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Palmerston North
 
Arohanui Hospice Part 2 - Manawatu Conversations

Arohanui Hospice Part 2 - Manawatu Conversations

 Broadcast on Manawatu People's Radio, 21st May 2024.   Part 2 of 2 It is sometimes difficult getting family together when they may be in other parts of the world. It is important to have an advanced care plan to state what you want happened if you can’t speak for yourself. Find out from the patient who is important to them. Difficult for people who have married several times. Hospice users cover different cultures and staff are aware of their different needs. A biography service records and publishes persons biography with photos which can be kept by the family. Government provides 53% of operational costs. It used to be 73%. Partnerships and work in the community is where the growth is going to be. There is an increasing number of older people. There is a shortage of medical specialists and palliative care nurses. A need to share services regionally. Hospices are independent but Hospice New Zealand provides advocacy and support. Since its inception nobody has had to pay for care. Community fundraising is very important and very successful.   Smoking. Equity and community funding.  

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Palmerston North
 
"Brigadier G.P. Cade, D.S.O., Makes Inspection" at Linton Camp

"Brigadier G.P. Cade, D.S.O., Makes Inspection" at Linton Camp

This image was taken for a story that ran in The Manawatu Evening Standard on 11 April 1961 "Brigadier G.P. Cade, D.S.O., accompanied by Lieutenant Grimsdale, Major E.C. Burgess and Major Bighouse inspecting troops at Linton Camp today. The parade was called to mark the presentation of long-service and good-conduct medals to W.O. II F.F. Dorrington, W.O. II H.A. Edwards and Staff-Sergeant G. Reid. They have completed 15 years of service."
Correction to Standard text: Major C. E. (Claude Ernest) Burgess, not E. C. Burgess.

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Linton Camp, Linton, Palmerston North
 
Night Scene in the Square

Night Scene in the Square

Decorative street lights illuminate the Square. Brian's Diner sign can be seen on the right of the photograph.

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Palmerston North
 
Hokowhitu School Committee

Hokowhitu School Committee

Back row, from left: J Ross (had first general store in Hokowhitu, corner of Pahiatua St and Albert Street), J L J Heatley (General Contractor), George Lane (Palmerston North River Board employee). Front row: W Kingsbeer (nurseryman), M Voss (blacksmith and engineer), W Woodroofe (Palmerston North Bailiff), Harry Whitehead (Baker and pastry cook), J A Shailer (nurseryman).

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Palmerston North
 
"Terrazzo (N.Z.) Ltd."

"Terrazzo (N.Z.) Ltd."

This image was taken for a story that ran in The Manawatu Evening Standard on 11 July, 1959. "Space heating has been gaining wide popularity in New Zealand in recent years and Terrazzo (N.Z.) Ltd., besides stocking the recognised makes, have qualified staff to carry out all installations. These heaters are displayed on the centre stand."

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Palmerston North
 
"Latest Craze for Old and Young"

"Latest Craze for Old and Young"

[Photograph of a Jennifer Stowe (later Jennifer Robert Brookes), aged four, standing outside her parent's shop 'The Pram House', which was located next to the Manawatū Evening Standard building on Church Street.]

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Palmerston North
 
Back Issues: Society's seeds were planted 100 years ago

Back Issues: Society's seeds were planted 100 years ago

Local historians weekly "Back Issues" article in the Manawatū Standard. The Palmerston North Horticultural Society celebrates 100 years. Forming a horticultural society was discussed as early as 1881, but it was not permanently established until 1922. Throughout the years, the key aims of the Palmerston North Horticultural Society have remained the same: Horticultural education, the fostering of industry, promoting the beautification of public and private spaces and bringing together like-minded horticultural enthusiasts.

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Palmerston North
 
Regent Theatre - renovation plans
Regent Theatre - Detail of Roof PrincipalsRegent Theatre - Various Details

Regent Theatre - renovation plans

Plans for renovation work undertaken on the Regent Theatre.

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53 Broadway Avenue, Palmerston North
 
Regent Theatre - blueprints
Regent Theatre - Balcony Floor PlanRegent Theatre - Preliminary Balcony PlanRegent Theatre - Side Elevation to CourtRegent Theatre - Elevation 30-0 and 63-6Regent Theatre - Detail of Balk Blocks and Floor RecessesRegent Theatre - Orchestra Floor Plan

Regent Theatre - blueprints

The Regent Theatre was built by the Australasian cinema and theatre chain J.C. Williamson Limited. Williamson's began its New Zealand operation in 1926. The theatre, one of several Regents built throughout New Zealand and Australia at this time, was a dual-purpose cinema and theatre. The Melbourne architect Charles Hollinshed was hired to design the building which was completed in 1930, becoming the largest and most lavish auditorium in the city. It retained its twin functions for much of its life, before falling into relative disuse and eventually closing in 1991. The Palmerston North City Council purchased the building 1993 and began restoration work in 1996.
The Regent Theatre is a now rare survivor of the heyday of the theatre/cinema. As the only such venue in Palmerston North to survive to this day, the Regent is of great social importance to the city. The exterior design, and to a much greater degree, interior design are remarkably authentic and rare examples of theatre design in New Zealand, and as such, the Regent is a landmark building in type and style.
The exterior is built in the Art Deco style, while the interior is Persian painted plaster ornament. The external symmetry, vertical fins, shallow stylised relief, stepped skyline, and chevron ornament are typical of the Art Deco style. The main entrance, with walls of coloured plaster and travertine, leads into a large barrel-vaulted, double height space, off which there are the entrances to the main performance space. The interior decoration of the theatre is taken directly from Owen Jones' book on design, “Grammar of Ornament.” The auditorium seats 1393 people in a two-tier circle and stalls arrangement (originally it accommodated 1600 guests).
Architect, Charles Hollinshed graduated from Sydney University in 1922, one of the first three graduates in architecture in Australia. With A.H. Walkely, Hollinshed practised in Melbourne and the firm specialised in theatre and cinema design. One of their best-known designs was Her Majesty's Theatre, Melbourne (1934). Hollinshed also design Hoyts Limited (with Richard Gailey) the celebrated "Spanish Gothic" Regent Theatre, Brisbane (1929), now demolished.

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53 Broadway Avenue, Palmerston North
 
Back Issues: What was making the news 50 years ago today?

Back Issues: What was making the news 50 years ago today?

Local historians weekly "Back Issues" article in the Manawatū Standard. Fifty years ago newspapers were going through a period of change. They were facing competition from television and radio news, technological change and shifts in ownership. This article sumarises what made the news in the Evening Standard on 18 May 1974.

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Palmerston North
 
Back Issues: Ugly duckling or hidden swan? Palmerston North railway station

Back Issues: Ugly duckling or hidden swan? Palmerston North railway station

Local historians weekly "Back Issues" article in the Manawatū Standard. History of the Palmerston North railway station building. Planning for the present (2024) third Palmerston North railway station in Matthews Avenue Takaro, started in the 1920s. Plans were revised in 1939 and again after WWII to incorporate new station design. It officially opened 21 October 1963.

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Palmerston North
 
Back Issues: Club marks 75 years on patrol

Back Issues: Club marks 75 years on patrol

Local historians weekly "Back Issues" article in the Manawatū Standard. History of the Palmerston North Surf Life Saving Club. The first patrol operated at Himatangi Beach in 1947 and the first competition team attended a surf life saving carnival at Foxton Beach in 1949.

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Himatangi Beach
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