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Plunket Rooms, 156-164 King Street

Plunket Rooms, 156-164 King Street

Designed by Ernst West in April 1928, this building was built by Mr A. Stenberg, at a cost of £1,957, on land gifted by PN City Council. Neo-Georgian in style, its design drew inspiration from Greek and Roman architecture. The use of brick is also a feature of this style. The NZ Plunket Society’s Palmerston North sub-branch was formed in 1917. The building soon proved a great attraction to mothers and to people from other centres. In 1966, Plunket moved to new premises in Cuba Street. The building was then sold to the Manawatu Polytechnic, now UCOL. The building – Block 11 - was named after Agnes Kearns MBE, a trained midwife and registered nurse who was based in this building, being charge nurse to the local Plunket Society for 21 year ending in 1942. The building served as UCOL’s health centre until closed in late 2011 due to earthquake risk concerns.

 
Alexander Ferguson, Mayor

Alexander Ferguson, Mayor

Alexander Ferguson (c1846-1931) was Mayor of Palmerston North 1885-86, and a Borough Councillor 1878-1884 and 1888. A Scotsman by birth, he came to New Zealand on the 'Star of Germany and arrived in Palmerston North about 1878. He bought George Snelson's store which he ran as a grocery and hardware business in The Square. He left Palmerston North c1888 and is thought to have 'farmed beyond Feilding', lived in Wanganui for 14 years and ended up in Tauranga, where he died in August 1931. In 1925, he presented a Mayoral Chain of office to the Borough Council.

 
The Square looking towards Coleman Place

The Square looking towards Coleman Place

Looking down Main Street West towards Coleman Place (now Coleman Mall). Walkley's Commercial and Family Hotel was built in 1881. It was previously occupied by the Commercial Hotel. The Standard building alongside the hotel is the first home of the Manawatu Evening Standard, from 1880 until 1900 when it burnt down. Alexander Ferguson's store and Snelson's Peoples Mart are also in the photo. The building on the corner is the Bank of Australasia, built in 1881.

 
Dumbleton Family Portrait

Dumbleton Family Portrait

A portrait of the Dumbleton family. L-R: Eileen, Mrs M. Dumbleton, Mina, Mark Dumbleton, Olive, Marie (seated in front).

 
C M Ross Co Ltd buildings

C M Ross Co Ltd buildings

The C M Ross building on the corner of George Street and Coleman Mall, was erected 1915. The buildings either side were also constructed for CM Ross. To the left in Coleman Mall, Norfolk House was constructed in 1925, and to the right on George Street, a building was constructed in the early 1920s, to replace another older building on the same site. The shops linked through to the new three storey Rosco building in The Square, which can be seen behind Norfolk House.

 
Te Arapiki a Tāne

Te Arapiki a Tāne

View from the bottom of Te Arapiki a Tāne. Also known as the Summerhill Stairs, the 222 steps curve down the Anzac Cliffs, from Vaucluse Heights, to the Manawatū River below. Chris Whaiapu chose the name Te Arapiki a Tāne and explained, they "_were named after Tāne Mahuta to recognise his achievements, as well as people today who embrace the spirit of active living._" (Stuff, 19 Dec. 2018) According to a Stuff article dated 9 January 2018; "_the informally dubbed "Stairs of Lindos" references the climb to the acropolis and medieval fortress of Lindos, on the Greek island of Rhodes in the Aegean Sea. Parts of that stairway have no railings and neither has this – yet_."

 
Te Arapiki a Tāne

Te Arapiki a Tāne

View from near the top of Te Arapiki a Tāne. Also known as the Summerhill Stairs, the 222 steps curve down the Anzac Cliffs, from Vaucluse Heights, to the Manawatū River below. At the time this photo was taken, the steps were on incomplete subdivided land. Chris Whaiapu chose the name Te Arapiki a Tāne and explained, they "_were named after Tāne Mahuta to recognise his achievements, as well as people today who embrace the spirit of active living._" (Stuff, 19 Dec. 2018) According to a Stuff article dated 9 January 2018; "_the informally dubbed "Stairs of Lindos" references the climb to the acropolis and medieval fortress of Lindos, on the Greek island of Rhodes in the Aegean Sea. Parts of that stairway have no railings and neither has this – yet_."

 
Caccia-Birch family at Woodhey

Caccia-Birch family at Woodhey

This photograph shows the Caccia-Birch family at on the Woodhey.Standing left to right: Tom; Rachel, wife of Tom; Nancy, wife of Tony holding John their 2nd child; Hetty, wife of Gerald, holding Susan their first child; Gerald. Sitting left to right:; Willie; Maud; Jennifer, eldest child of Tony and Nancy.This property remained in the Caccia-Birch family until gifted to the Government in 1941. After various uses it was eventually given to the Palmerston North City Council. It is now called Caccia Birch and serves as a function centre.

 
Victory Over Japan celebration parade, The Square

Victory Over Japan celebration parade, The Square

Japan surrendered to the allies of World War II on 15 August. Immediately schools and businesses in Palmerston North were closed and celebrations, many informal, began. A thanksgiving service was held that afternoon, followed by a victory parade the next day. The parade attracted a big turnout of civilians and defence personnel, a flotilla of 130 vehicles of all kinds, and a huge number of spectators lining the streets. The procession began at the Police Station and went around The Square, lead by the Manawatu Scottish Society’s Highland Pipe Band. This float, ‘We Backed Em Up’ featured a forge in operation, and young men, some in Service colours, hammering and working. The parade was followed by community sing-song led from the Band Rotunda.

 
Chief Post Office, corner of The Square and Main Street east

Chief Post Office, corner of The Square and Main Street east

The Chief Palmerston North Post Office was built 1905-1906 and was extended in both the 1920's and again in 1937, as seen in this photograph. It was designed by Mr J Charlesworth and built by James Trevor and Sons. The clock and chimes were installed later in 1906 and were paid for by Palmerston North citizens. After the Wellington earthquake in 1942, the clock tower was removed and the clock put in storage until it was rehoused in the Clock Tower in The Square in 1955. The original clock and chimes are named Kerei Te Panau, after a well known Rangitane Chief. The building remained in use as a Post Office/Post Bank until 1987. It is currently a cafe/bar, named Highflyers (2007).

 
Roller skating, Fitzroy Park (Memorial Park)

Roller skating, Fitzroy Park (Memorial Park)

Roller figure skating team after competing at the National Championships in Hastings January 1959. Back row left to right: Ingrid Rumsey, Jennifer Coss, Raymond Burgess, Mr Hale (Manager), Brian Eckersley, Fay Wallis, Marilyn Burgess. Front row left to right: Margaret Turnbull, Sandra Coss, Judith Ellingham, Deborah Rumsey, Carolyn Rumsey.

 
"Over 1000 Packets Sold" [Girl Guides]

"Over 1000 Packets Sold" [Girl Guides]

This image was taken for a story that ran in The Manawatu Evening Standard on 19th March, 1963. "Girl Guides and Brownies had no trouble in selling their "Girl Guide biscuits" on Saturday. One happy customer was Mrs D. R. Caldwell, of Park Road. She is seen buying from Margaret Woollett (left), Janice Mawhinney and Irene Kent, of the West End Group." The transcription has been edited to correct the spelling of Woollett, which originally appeared in print as Wilcott.

 
Savage Crescent walk 2008

Savage Crescent walk 2008

During Local History Week 2008, Margaret Tate (facing, centre) took a group of people on a tour around the Savage Crescent area in Palmerston North. This area was created as state housing in the late 1930s to early 1940s. It remains an excellent example of early state housing in New Zealand.

Creator
Date
April 9, 2008
 
Mark Twain Mural, Palmerston North Council Administration Building

Mark Twain Mural, Palmerston North Council Administration Building

Jam TV were running a documentary on behalf of TVNZ to cover Mark Twain’s lecture series across NZ, which was part of a world tour across the British colonies in 1895. The documentarian approached Palmerston North City Council, after finding out that Palmerston North had a growing street art scene, suggesting that a local artist do a piece based on Mark Twain, and talk about their views or knowledge of Mark Twain as part of the visit. Whanganui artist Mike Marsh (who was exhibiting at Safe As Gallery at the time and had recently completed a piece in Berrymans Lane for Beats, Bites, and Brushes) was commissioned by PNCC, through the city’s Placemaking Initiative, to do a portrait of Mark Twain in recognition of his visit to Palmy. This image shows Mike Marsh at work on the mural on the CAB building, just off Main Street.

Creator
Date
November 13, 2017
 
Evans Family Collection: Evans Family, 5 Mansford Place

Evans Family Collection: Evans Family, 5 Mansford Place

A photographic series prepared by the Prime Minister’s Department in 1947 to attract British migrants. The Evans family of 5 Mansford Place, Palmerston North were selected to show the living conditions of a typical New Zealand family. Jack and Betty Evans and sons seated on the lawn of 5 Mansford Place, Palmerston North. Though Savage Crescent houses were designed in a variety of architectural styles, windows as shown here were a standard feature and mass produced in enormous numbers. These probably came from the local joinery factory of H.E Townshend, a firm which secured contracts to build a large number of the houses in the suburb.

 
"Palmerston" Replica - The World's First All-NZ-Made Locomotive, Foxton

"Palmerston" Replica - The World's First All-NZ-Made Locomotive, Foxton

This is a replica of a steam locomotive called "Palmerston" which served the Foxton-Palmerston North line. It was built in 1872 in Dunedin and shipped to Foxton. It is considered to be the first locomotive entirely made in the country (previous engines were prefabricated elsewhere). It could reach a top speed of 16kph along the railways wooded tracks (which was also being used by horse drawn trams). Being so under powered, it was replaced in 1875 or 1876 by two new engines - the "Skunk" and the "Wallaby". The former is now on display in Greymouth. This replica was built in 1993.

 
A Railway Department Cottage in Milson

A Railway Department Cottage in Milson

In the late 1910s and 1920s, there was a large housing shortage in New Zealand. This negatively affected the railway workers who struggled to find affordable housing - often, they would rather quit and find another job than transfer to a centre without available rental housing. The Railway Dept. was therefore granted its own housing programme and built some 3,000 of these houses. Their components were prefabricated in Hamilton and freighted to where they were needed. On-site, they took just 2 weeks to build by two labourers. This house is a surviving example of the railway settlement in Milson. It was built in the 1920s along with some 70 others in the area. They were to serve the workers building the new Milson deviation which took the main trunk line out of the Square. Each house had 3 bedrooms, a living room and a kitchen. Many of the Milson residents found that rain got inside through the back door because of the strong westerly wind. Rear porches were reluctantly approved by the authority and added on after complaints. Each house had one of four roof designs and one of four front porch designs. This was to reduce monotony and improve the street-scape. Rent was a day's pay. These houses remained in the hands of the state until neo-liberalisation in the late 20th century - some are still owned by the government. About 65 remain. Many of these houses have been done-up or removed. Some have been moved off of their original sections and put into mini clusters. Said sections have been redeveloped with new houses. One across the road from the one pictured was removed in 2018/2019 and replaced with two small houses. There are a few railway cottages on the streets parallel to Main St, near Memorial Park.

 
Administration Building at The Hospital

Administration Building at The Hospital

This is the administration building at Palmerston North's hospital. It was built in 1936 along with other red-brick buildings on the complex. It is accessible via Heretaunga Street.

Creator
Date
June 29, 2020
Place
Palmerston North Hospital, Heretaunga Street
 
"Holding On" [Moutoa Rodeo]

"Holding On" [Moutoa Rodeo]

This image was taken for a story that ran in The Manawatu Evening Standard on 25th March, 1963. "No home comforts here for this rider as he endeavours to hang on in the steer riding event at the Moutoa rodeo on Saturday."

 
"Retiring Chief" [Palmerston North Telephone Exchange]

"Retiring Chief" [Palmerston North Telephone Exchange]

This image was taken for a story that ran in The Manawatu Evening Standard on 30th March, 1963. "Mr A. K. Malmo, the chief technician at the palmerston North telephone exchange in Church Street, is seen at work during his last day with the Post Office yesterday. Mr Malmo officially retires on Sunday after 41 years service."

 
"Presentation For Engineer"

"Presentation For Engineer"

This image was taken for a story that ran in The Manawatu Evening Standard on 29th March, 1963. "With a large gathering filling the Y.W.C.A. Hall in Church Street to capacity, a presentation ceremony was held last night to mark the retirement of Mr F. M. Doig, the district electrical engineer of the New Zealand Electricity Department. At the start of the evening Mr Doig was piped into the hall by a piper of the Manawatu Scottish Society (Mr B. A. Morrow)."

 
"Home Shifted For River Control"

"Home Shifted For River Control"

This image was taken for a story that ran in The Manawatu Evening Standard on 29th March, 1963. "Rangitane settlers whose cottage and outbuildings have had to be shifted back from the Manawatu River to make room for the high stopbanks being formed for flood protection by the Manawatu Catchment Board. The top picture shows (from left to right): Messrs O.E, Alve, H. W. Alve and C. H. Busch (nephew of the first two-named). Below are seen the foundations from which the cottage was shifted, and with an earth-moving machine and a fowlhouse in the back-ground (Below photo not included)."

 
"Japanese Floral Art Evening"

"Japanese Floral Art Evening"

This image was taken for a story that ran in The Manawatu Evening Standard on 29th March, 1963. "The floral art group of the Palmerston North Horticultural Society opened its first night of the season with an all Japanese evening. Above is the exquisitely robed Japanese doll, dressed by Mrs J. Bennett (back), a Japanese woman now residing in Palmerston North. This added authentic flavour to the arrangement with mossy twigs and crocuses in the Moribana tradition, exhibited by the president (Mrs L. Scott)."

 
"City Pipe Band Leaves For Championships C Grade"

"City Pipe Band Leaves For Championships C Grade"

This image was taken for a story that ran in The Manawatu Evening Standard on 28th March, 1963. "Two city pipe bands left early this morning on their way to Rotorua. They will compete in the national championships which will be held from Friday until Sunday. The top photograph shows the Manawatu Scottish Society's Pipe Band which will compete in the B grade, and the lower group is the City of Palmerston North Pipe Band, which will complete the C grade."

 
"City Pipe Band Leaves For Championships"

"City Pipe Band Leaves For Championships"

This image was taken for a story that ran in The Manawatu Evening Standard on 28th March, 1963. "Two city pipe bands left early this morning on their way to Rotorua. They will compete in the national championships which will be held from Friday until Sunday. The top photograph shows the Manawatu Scottish Society's Pipe Band which will compete in the B grade, and the lower group is the City of Palmerston North Pipe Band, which will complete the C grade."

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