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Construction of Ohakea Air Force Base

Construction of Ohakea Air Force Base

Ohakea Air Force Base was constructed on land near Bulls in the Manawatu, 1937 to 1939. It was built in anticipation of the arrival of bombers, ordered for delivery in October 1939.  The initial construction included housing and maintenance facilities for the new bombers, workshops, administration buildings and accommodation for servicemen and dependents. This image shows one of the hangers being constructed. Photograph found in album related to the Humphries family of Greytown.

 
Construction of Ohakea Air Force Base

Construction of Ohakea Air Force Base

Ohakea Air Force Base was constructed on land near Bulls in the Manawatu, 1937 to 1939. It was built in anticipation of the arrival of bombers, ordered for delivery in October 1939.  The initial construction included housing and maintenance facilities for the new bombers, workshops, administration buildings and accommodation for servicemen and dependents. Showni s the construction of the water tower. Photograph found in album related to the Humphries family of Greytown.

 
Council Chamber, The Square

Council Chamber, The Square

A new civic centre was constructed for the Palmerston North City Council 1976-1980, with Council staff moving in January 1980. It consisted of Council offices, Council Chamber and Convention Centre.

 
Corner of Church Street East and The Square

Corner of Church Street East and The Square

This photograph shows a view of Church Street East and The Square. Tuckers sample room is on the far right, on the left side of Church Street East. The photograph must have been taken before 1902 as Millar and Giorgi was built in that year, but it is not in the photograph. THe land agent shop of Solomon Abrahams can be seen on the left side of the photograph.

 
Control tower, Milson Airport

Control tower, Milson Airport

This, the first, control tower at the airport was built c1939. It was replaced by a new control tower, opened March 1965, which provided a better view of the airport, and more modern equipment. The old control tower stayed in use for a time as it housed the ariport lighting equipment, but was finally demolished in 1970.

 
Construction of the second Fitzherbert Bridge

Construction of the second Fitzherbert Bridge

A bridge was first built across the Manawatu River in 1877, linking Palmerston North with the Fitzherbert area. This second concrete bridge was constructed between 1933 - 1935. This view looks from the Palmerston North side towards what is now the Summerhill Drive area, while the Manawatu River is in flood.

 
Construction of the Second Fitzherbert Bridge

Construction of the Second Fitzherbert Bridge

This photograph shows the construction of the second Fitzherbert Bridge. It is nearing completion in this image. A third bridge was built in 1987 due to mounting traffic constraints. Beyond can be seen the Anzac Park area and what is now the beginning of Summerhill Drive

 
Construction of the new C M Ross Co department store in The Square.

Construction of the new C M Ross Co department store in The Square.

A beam being moved into place from The Square, by workmen during the ocnstruction phase of 'Roscos'. Taylor and Pointon of Rangitikei Street, specialised in steel structural engineering and were involved in the construction of many of the major building projects in Palmerston North, of the 1930s

 
Construction of the second Fitzherbert Bridge

Construction of the second Fitzherbert Bridge

This was the second bridge over the Manawatu River in Palmerston North, replacing 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. This photograph shows detail of one of the arches of Fitzherbert Bridge during construction.

 
Elevations and Floor Plans, Caccia Birch House, Restoration - c.1990
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Elevations and Floor Plans, Caccia Birch House, Restoration - c.1990

Elevations and floor plans for a restoration proposal for Caccia Birch House, circa 1990. Caccia Birch House was designed for Norwegian settler Jacob Nannestad and his wife Anna. In 1903, Englishman John Henderson Pollock Strang and his wife Mary purchased the property and named it "Woodhey". It became the temporary residence of the Governor-General of New Zealand, Lord Plunket after a 1907 fire destroyed Parliament buildings. In 1921, Caccia Birch purchased the property. In the 1930s, a portion of the property, the Hokowhitu Lagoon, was given to the Palmerston North City Council while the rest of the property was given to the government in 1941. The Caccia Birch House was used by the military during the Second World War and subsequently became a convalescent home for servicewomen and nurses. It was used as an educational institution during the period from 1960 to 1976. In 1983, it was given to the city council. The Caccia Birch Trust Board was formed in 1989, and in 1992, it was turned into a conference and function centre.

Creator
Date
January 1, 1990
Place
Hokowhitu
 
"Improvement to Airport Lighting"

"Improvement to Airport Lighting"

This image was taken for a story that ran in The Manawatu Evening Standard on 31 August 1961 "The new taxiway at the Palmerston North Airport, which was completed recently, is closed. This time, however, it is to enable workmen to place lighting on the perimeter of the sealed strip. Waterproof conduit is shown being cut in preparation for laying."

 
"Naval Recruits Interviewed"

"Naval Recruits Interviewed"

This image was taken for a story that ran in The Manawatu Evening Standard on 24 June 1958, page 10: "Some of the applicants for naval service being interviewed in the city today by the naval recruiting officer, Commander R.T. Hale, O.B.E., R.N.Z.N., for the Naval Recruiting Board. Left to right are: Commander Hale, N. Eden, B. Martin, C. Mayhew and E. Elliott."

 
"Record of Historical Achievement" Yuri Gagarin Circumnavigating the Earth

"Record of Historical Achievement" Yuri Gagarin Circumnavigating the Earth

This image was taken for a story that ran in The Manawatu Evening Standard on 12 June 1961: Michael Hardie, of Palmerston North received a letter from Radio Moscow replying to his letter congratulating Yuri Gagarin on being the first man in space and his circumnavigation of the Earth. He also received a photograph of Yuri Gagarin and a set of the commemorative stamp issue which depicted the historical achievement.

 
Arrival of the Manawatu Rugby Team, Palmerston North Airport

Arrival of the Manawatu Rugby Team, Palmerston North Airport

Two members of the cast of the Palmerston North Operatic Society's production of "Orpheus in the Underworld" accompany the captain of the Manawatu Rugby Team on a vintage car ride from the Palmerston North Airport to the Square. From left: Duncan Hales with the Ranfurly Shield, Vivienna Ayers, the Mayor Brian Elwood and Janice Walker. Manawatu defeated Auckland 12-10 on Saturday, 21 August 1976 to win the Ranfurly Shield.

 
At the Lido Pool

At the Lido Pool

This photograph shows two young people enjoying the facilities at the Lido Pool in Park Road, Palmerston North. The Lido swimming pool is situated on 10 acres of land previously owned by the old Awatapu Golf Club. The pool was planned in 1964, building got under was 23 January 1965 and was officially opened 15 November 1966. The Lido consists of indoor and outdoor pools.

 
Polish Army League correspondence

Polish Army League correspondence

Letter from the Major M. Bujwid, Officer Commanding of the Polish General Hospital, to the Polish Army League. The letter thanks them for the gift parcels they have sent. The Polish Army League, founded in Palmerston North in WWII, corresponded with and sent parcels to Polish soldiers who served with the allies in World War Two.

 
Awapuni Memorial Rededication

Awapuni Memorial Rededication

The Awapuni Memorial at the Palmerston North Racecourse was rededicated after its refurbishment, on 20 October 2016. The memorial was originally erected at the Race course in 1929, to commemorate the New Zealand Medical Corps, who trained there ahead of deployment in World War One. After falling into disrepair a project to restore it began in 2014, at a cost of $200,000. The Royal New Zealand Army Medical Corps established the project team, with Palmerston North City Council and Awapuni Racing Centre.

 
Awapuni Memorial Rededication

Awapuni Memorial Rededication

The Awapuni Memorial at the Palmerston North Racecourse was rededicated after its refurbishment, on 20 October 2016. The memorial was originally erected at the Race course in 1929, to commemorate the New Zealand Medical Corps, who trained there ahead of deployment in World War One. After falling into disrepair a project to restore it began in 2014, at a cost of $200,000. The Royal New Zealand Army Medical Corps established the project team, with Palmerston North City Council and Awapuni Racing Centre. The soldier closest to the foreground is wearing a replica WWI New Zealand Army Medical Corps uniform.

 
Beats and Brushes 2017

Beats and Brushes 2017

A Palmerston North alleyway, connecting two main streets, went from dingy and dark to vibrant and light in October 2017. Berrymans Lane, between Broadway Ave and Main St, is so well-used that the Palmerston North City Council thought it needed a spruce-up to make it safer.  Seven artists were let loose with an array of colours and designs, each bringing their own flair to the lane.

 
Beats and Brushes 2017

Beats and Brushes 2017

A Palmerston North alleyway, connecting two main streets, went from dingy and dark to vibrant and light in October 2017. Berrymans Lane, between Broadway Ave and Main St, is so well-used that the Palmerston North City Council thought it needed a spruce-up to make it safer.  Seven artists were let loose with an array of colours and designs, each bringing their own flair to the lane.

 
Beats and Brushes 2017

Beats and Brushes 2017

A Palmerston North alleyway, connecting two main streets, went from dingy and dark to vibrant and light in October 2017. Berrymans Lane, between Broadway Ave and Main St, is so well-used that the Palmerston North City Council thought it needed a spruce-up to make it safer.  Seven artists were let loose with an array of colours and designs, each bringing their own flair to the lane.

 
Massey University Open Day poster

Massey University Open Day poster

Open Day. Massey University. Saturday 21 March 10am - 4pm. Part of a collection of posters that were displayed in the Public Library in the 1970s - 1980s.

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Date
1980s
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