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'Woodhey',  Te Awe Awe Street

'Woodhey', Te Awe Awe Street

The house was constructed by Jacob Nannestad c1892 and sold to John Strang in 1903. In 1921 the Strang's sold the property to W.C. Caccia Birch. It 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.

 
Interior of Caccia Birch House, 130 Te Awe Awe Street

Interior of Caccia Birch House, 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. It shows the kauri panelling and fire place in a downstairs room.

 
Caccia Birch Pre-Restoration Photograph

Caccia Birch Pre-Restoration Photograph

Black and White photographs of Caccia Birch taken pre-restoriation circa 1980. The purpose of the photographs was to show the state of the house and grounds before submissions were made to council and the Ministry of Works. First built in 1892 by Jacob Nannerstad, a local sawmiller, the house was one of the preeminent buildings of early Palmerston North. Extensive renovations were undertaken in 1905 by the new owner, John Strang, with the addition of two conservatories, a coach house and attached cottage. From 1908 to 1910 the house was home to Lord Plunket, with the house being sold to William Caccia-Birch in 1921.0 Although Wiliam died in 1936, his widow maintained the house until 1939, whereupon the house was donated to New Zealand Government as part of the war effort. After the war, the house was variously owned by the Department of Health, Victoria University, Massey College & Palmerston North Teachers College, before finally being passed to the Palmerston North City Council.

 
Caccia Birch Pre-Restoration Photograph

Caccia Birch Pre-Restoration Photograph

Black and White photographs of Caccia Birch taken pre-restoriation circa 1980. The purpose of the photographs was to show the state of the house and grounds before submissions were made to council and the Ministry of Works. First built in 1892 by Jacob Nannerstad, a local sawmiller, the house was one of the preeminent buildings of early Palmerston North. Extensive renovations were undertaken in 1905 by the new owner, John Strang, with the addition of two conservatories, a coach house and attached cottage. From 1908 to 1910 the house was home to Lord Plunket, with the house being sold to William Caccia-Birch in 1921.0 Although Wiliam died in 1936, his widow maintained the house until 1939, whereupon the house was donated to New Zealand Government as part of the war effort. After the war, the house was variously owned by the Department of Health, Victoria University, Massey College & Palmerston North Teachers College, before finally being passed to the Palmerston North City Council.

 
Caccia Birch Pre-Restoration Photograph

Caccia Birch Pre-Restoration Photograph

Black and White photographs of Caccia Birch taken pre-restoriation circa 1980. The purpose of the photographs was to show the state of the house and grounds before submissions were made to council and the Ministry of Works. First built in 1892 by Jacob Nannerstad, a local sawmiller, the house was one of the preeminent buildings of early Palmerston North. Extensive renovations were undertaken in 1905 by the new owner, John Strang, with the addition of two conservatories, a coach house and attached cottage. From 1908 to 1910 the house was home to Lord Plunket, with the house being sold to William Caccia-Birch in 1921.0 Although Wiliam died in 1936, his widow maintained the house until 1939, whereupon the house was donated to New Zealand Government as part of the war effort. After the war, the house was variously owned by the Department of Health, Victoria University, Massey College & Palmerston North Teachers College, before finally being passed to the Palmerston North City Council.

 
Caccia Birch Pre-Restoration Photograph

Caccia Birch Pre-Restoration Photograph

Black and White photographs of Caccia Birch taken pre-restoriation circa 1980. The purpose of the photographs was to show the state of the house and grounds before submissions were made to council and the Ministry of Works. First built in 1892 by Jacob Nannerstad, a local sawmiller, the house was one of the preeminent buildings of early Palmerston North. Extensive renovations were undertaken in 1905 by the new owner, John Strang, with the addition of two conservatories, a coach house and attached cottage. From 1908 to 1910 the house was home to Lord Plunket, with the house being sold to William Caccia-Birch in 1921.0 Although Wiliam died in 1936, his widow maintained the house until 1939, whereupon the house was donated to New Zealand Government as part of the war effort. After the war, the house was variously owned by the Department of Health, Victoria University, Massey College & Palmerston North Teachers College, before finally being passed to the Palmerston North City Council.

 
Caccia Birch Pre-Restoration Photograph

Caccia Birch Pre-Restoration Photograph

Black and White photographs of Caccia Birch taken pre-restoriation circa 1980. The purpose of the photographs was to show the state of the house and grounds before submissions were made to council and the Ministry of Works. First built in 1892 by Jacob Nannerstad, a local sawmiller, the house was one of the preeminent buildings of early Palmerston North. Extensive renovations were undertaken in 1905 by the new owner, John Strang, with the addition of two conservatories, a coach house and attached cottage. From 1908 to 1910 the house was home to Lord Plunket, with the house being sold to William Caccia-Birch in 1921.0 Although Wiliam died in 1936, his widow maintained the house until 1939, whereupon the house was donated to New Zealand Government as part of the war effort. After the war, the house was variously owned by the Department of Health, Victoria University, Massey College & Palmerston North Teachers College, before finally being passed to the Palmerston North City Council.

 
Caccia Birch Pre-Restoration Photograph

Caccia Birch Pre-Restoration Photograph

Black and White photographs of Caccia Birch taken pre-restoriation circa 1980. The purpose of the photographs was to show the state of the house and grounds before submissions were made to council and the Ministry of Works. First built in 1892 by Jacob Nannerstad, a local sawmiller, the house was one of the preeminent buildings of early Palmerston North. Extensive renovations were undertaken in 1905 by the new owner, John Strang, with the addition of two conservatories, a coach house and attached cottage. From 1908 to 1910 the house was home to Lord Plunket, with the house being sold to William Caccia-Birch in 1921.0 Although Wiliam died in 1936, his widow maintained the house until 1939, whereupon the house was donated to New Zealand Government as part of the war effort. After the war, the house was variously owned by the Department of Health, Victoria University, Massey College & Palmerston North Teachers College, before finally being passed to the Palmerston North City Council.

 
Caccia Birch Pre-Restoration Photograph

Caccia Birch Pre-Restoration Photograph

Black and White photographs of Caccia Birch taken pre-restoriation circa 1980. The purpose of the photographs was to show the state of the house and grounds before submissions were made to council and the Ministry of Works. First built in 1892 by Jacob Nannerstad, a local sawmiller, the house was one of the preeminent buildings of early Palmerston North. Extensive renovations were undertaken in 1905 by the new owner, John Strang, with the addition of two conservatories, a coach house and attached cottage. From 1908 to 1910 the house was home to Lord Plunket, with the house being sold to William Caccia-Birch in 1921.0 Although Wiliam died in 1936, his widow maintained the house until 1939, whereupon the house was donated to New Zealand Government as part of the war effort. After the war, the house was variously owned by the Department of Health, Victoria University, Massey College & Palmerston North Teachers College, before finally being passed to the Palmerston North City Council.

 
Maud Caccia-Birch

Maud Caccia-Birch

Pictured here is Maud Caccia-Birch standing in her rock garden at Woodhey.Woodhey was the home of the Caccia-Birch family from 1921 until 1941, when the Estate of William Charles Caccia-Birch donated the property to the New Zealand Government. Since that date the house has been officially known as Caccia-Birch House.

 
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Palmerston North Visitors Guide: May 1959

An informational booklet published monthly by the Palmerston North Public Relations Office for visitors to Palmerston North.

Creator
Date
May 1959
Place
Palmerston North
 
56 Brightwater Terrace

56 Brightwater Terrace

This house was built in 1879 on a former sawmill site. Underneath the patio there were holes where they used to saw the logs, but these have since been filled in. In 1904 Elizabeth Mayo and her family moved in. They had 14 children and the boys lived out in a two roomed cabin. The Mayo's had a carrying business and on the site there was a cart shed.

Creator
Date
November 18, 2018
Place
Palmerston North
 
56 Brightwater Terrace

56 Brightwater Terrace

This house was built in 1879 on a former sawmill site. Underneath the patio there were holes where they used to saw the logs, but these have since been filled in. In 1904 Elizabeth Mayo and her family moved in. They had 14 children and the boys lived out in a two roomed cabin. The Mayo's had a carrying business and on the site there was a cart shed.

Creator
Date
November 18, 2018
Place
Palmerston North
 
Drawing of "Taranaki from seawards 1858"

Drawing of "Taranaki from seawards 1858"

Drawing entitled "Taranaki from seawards 1858", handwritten on the back. It depicts two sailing ships, with Taranaki, including Mount Taranaki, in the background The drawing is in ink and water colour. Drawn on card measuring 27 x 5.5 cm. While the artist is unknown, this drawing was gifted to the donor by the son of J. T. Stewart, Government Surveyor.

 
Drawings of two Maori carved figures

Drawings of two Maori carved figures

Drawings of two Maori carvings. There are also some faint pencil markings that may indicate that this drawing was not completed. The drawings are in pencil, ink and water colour. Drawn on paper measuring 20.5 x 13 cm. While the artist is unknown, they were gifted to the donor by the son of J. T. Stewart, Government Surveyor.

 
"Clearing Site for Library"

"Clearing Site for Library"

This photograph ran in the Manawatu Evening Standard on 14 July 1963 with the caption: "Yet another section of a familiar Palmerston North building crumbles under the demolition hammer. This work is part of a project to clear the site for Palmerston North's new 3-storey library on the corner of Main Street and The Square, opposite the Post Office. Here, Mr M Bailey, watched by a group of schoolboys is break down the last wall of one of the 13 shops in the block. All but two of the shops have been vacated. Demolition work should be completed by the middle of July and the City Council hopes to be able to call tenders for the new library by the end of July."

Creator
Date
July 1963
Place
Corner Main Street and The Square, Palmerston North
 
Palmerston North Municipal Library

Palmerston North Municipal Library

The Municipal Library on the corner of Fitzherbert Avenue and the Square, was purpose built in 1929, with shops on the street frontage and the library on the first floor. It remained there until 1965, when a new library was built on the corner of Main Street and The Square. The PDC department store is on the far left and was built in 1930. Compare this photograph to 2014N_Sq69_008585, which was taken in the same place in about 1887.

 
First Issue of Books at Palmerston North Library, Main Street

First Issue of Books at Palmerston North Library, Main Street

First issue of books from the Palmerston North City Library opened 4 November 1965 on the corner of Main Street East and The Square. Ivor Westwood and his son Rodney are shown at the Issue Desk.

Creator
Date
January 31, 1966
Place
Corner The Square and Main Street, Palmerston North
 
"Body Language - Spirit of Place" sculpture

"Body Language - Spirit of Place" sculpture

Terry Stringer's sculpture "Body Language - Spirit of Place" (October 2010), is located under the overpass between the Council buildings at the Square. The three sided sculpture was commissioned by Palmerston North Public Sculpture Trust with support of Palmerston North City Council, Central Energy Trust and individual donors.

 
Construction of the new Palmerston North City Library

Construction of the new Palmerston North City Library

The new City Library building was originally built as the C M Ross department store in 1928. It was bought by the City Council and renovated as the new Library, opening 1996. This view is of the conversion of the former tearooms on the second floor, and shows the original rosewood panelling being exposed. This was a feature of the tearooms, but has now been removed.

 
Opening of Local History Week 2016

Opening of Local History Week 2016

The 9th annual Local History Week was opened at the Palmerston North Central Library. Maria Shiva speaks to the guests. Front row, right: Debbie Duncan, General Manager, Libraries and Community Services; Leonie Hapeta, PNCC Councillor

 
Coronation Fountain and the Arthur Barnett department store, The Square

Coronation Fountain and the Arthur Barnett department store, The Square

The Arthur Barnett department store, was bought by the Palmerston North City Council in 1992 and converted into the new City Library, opening 1996. The building was originally constructed as the C M Ross Co Ltd department store, in 1928. It was subsequently owned by Milne and Choyce and the DIC, before being bought by Arthur Barnett.

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