Refer Fitzherbert East Aokautere School and District 1889-1989, 9 34.
Aroha Clifford was the first pilot trained by the Canterbury Aero Club in 1928. She may have been New Zealand’s first woman pilot.
Hedwick Wilhemina McDonald, nee Maher (1893 - 1959) was a horse woman and the first woman to be granted a horse trainer licence in the Manawatū. She trained the horse that won the Melbourne Cup in 1938. She began her own training stables at Awapuni, Palmerston North, in 1928, before marrying Alan McDonald, a steeplechase jockey, in 1929. She was always known as 'Granny', even as a young child. The Ian Matheson City Archives holds the private archive of Granny McDonald - an inventory of what we hold is listed at: [http://archives.palmerstonnorth.com/wfSearchResults.aspx?ID=2131&&IndexCardID=2131&&Description=mcdonald&&Topictype=0&&LevelID=1&&IndexType=1](http://archives.palmerstonnorth.com/wfSearchResults.aspx?ID=2131&&IndexCardID=2131&&Description=mcdonald&&Topictype=0&&LevelID=1&&IndexType=1)
On Sunday 19 June 2016, a gathering of people celebrated the work of two Palmerston North women who have greatly contributed to the preservation and recording of our local history. Grant Smith (centre), Mayor of Palmerston North, gave the awards. Awardees were Lucy Marsden (left), a local historian who has written particularly on the history of Massey University, and Cushla Scrivens (right), who has edited the Manawatu Journal of History from its inception in 2005 to the present day, among many other things.
Jill White was elected Mayor of Palmerston North in 1998. She was the first woman to hold the position. She also served as a Palmerston North City Councillor from 1983 - 1992, as a Manawatū-Whanganui Regional Councillor (now Horizons) from 1989 - 1994 and as a Member of Parliament 1993 - 1998. Jill was again elected as a Horizons Regional Councillor in 2007 until 2013 when she chose not to seek re-election. In 2007, Jill also completed her Masters thesis entitled "An uneasy relationship: Palmerston North City and the Manawatū River 1941 - 2006". The thesis is held in the Palmerston North City Library's lending collection.
Former Mayor Jill White sitting in the Archives Reading area of the City Library. Jill was Mayor of Palmerston North City from 1983 - 1992. She was the first woman to hold the position. She also served as a Palmerston North City Councillor from 1983 - 1992, as a Manawatū-Whanganui Regional Councillor (now Horizons) from 1989 - 1994 and as a Member of Parliament 1993 - 1998. Jill was again elected as a Horizons Regional Councillor from 2007 - 2013. Jill's Masters thesis entitled "An uneasy relationship: Palmerston North City and the Manawatū River 1941 - 2006" is held in the Palmerston North City Library's lending collection.
Mina McKenzie was born in Palmerston North and attended Whanganui Girls College. She studied zoology, geology and chemistry at Otago University 1948 - 1950 and Massey University in 1963. Mrs McKenzie joined the Museum Council in 1972 and worked full time at the Manawatū Museum (Te Manawa) from June 1974 until she retired to work on other projects in 1994. See Manawatū Evening Standard, 2 July 1994. Click here to read more about Mina Mckenzie on [Manawatū Heritage](https://manawatuheritage.pncc.govt.nz/item/b958437b-9926-466d-bc4d-6fcd098a6bd0)
Stairs on the Sledge Track. The track is accessed from the car park at the end of Kahuterawa Road (GRAVEL ROAD), which runs off Old West Road in Palmerston North.
Sunset near the old bridge at Opiki.
Louisa Snelson was born in 1844 and married George Snelson in 1865. George Snelson was a pioneer storekeeper (he opened the first shop on the Square) and was the first Mayor of he newly created Borough of Palmerston North in 1877, making Louisa the first mayoress. They lived in Fitzherbert Street, and had two children - Frances, who died aged one, and George who died aged two. Their adopted daughter was Matilda Montgomery (later Perrin). Louisa was extensively involved in all aspects of life in Palmerston North including fundraising efforts for Palmerston North Hospital. She died 14 February 1919 aged 75 in Whanganui and is buried in the Terrace End Cemetery. Her obituary in the Manawatū Daily Times described her as the "Mother of Palmerston". Louisa was one of approximately 523 Palmerston North women who signed the Suffrage petition, submitted to Parliament in 1893.
Rural scene in the Pohangina Valley - featuring a herd of cows and cowshed (possibly belonging to Herbert Moar), unsealed rural road, farmland and ranges in the background.
The waterfall and fish pond in the conservatory.
This map shows one of the earliest layout plans for Palmerston North. It includes mostly sections south of present day Main Street (labelled Great Northern Road). The map shows some of the landscape features underlying the present day city. Scale 10 chains : 1 inch. Original copy of map has date of 1872 - this has been twinked out at some stage and the map MAY actually be 1874.
Map of the Papaioea Clearing shown in relation to the original streets of Palmerston North surveyed between 1866 - 1875. Based on Mitchell's map of 1866, Jackson's map of 1875 and Scott's map of 1881. The street names drawn on the map are present day names, not the original names. When the area was surveyed for a town the clearing was chosen as the site of what became Palmerston North due to it being a flat, open area, sufficiently elevated to avoid flooding from the Manawau River and adjacent streams. The 'clearing' disappeared during the 1870s and 1880s as settlers destroyed the surrounding forest.
Map of Palmerston North showing streets and individual sections with some section numbers and areas visible. Scale 6 chains : 1 inch.
The building, designed by L G West and Son, was constructed in 1928 as the Palmerston North Working Men’s Club. The club has since moved to other premises.
The mob of horses is evidently being driven to the saleyards which stood in Rangitikei Street between Maire Street and The Square. The buildings behind are those of Palmerston North High School in Featherston Street.
Through the window in the stairwell of the Grand Hotel building.
This photograph is said to be taken at the Wildbore home. According to a register of births preserved in the Wildbore Family Bible, Charles Wildbore and his wife Jane had a family of thirteen children, but this photograph only shows twelve. L-R: Eva, Sylvia, Percy, Baden, Stan, Charles (seated), Cecil, Charlie, Reg, Owen, Jane (seated), Mana, Kathleene, Ruby.
Charles E Wildbore was a well-known amateur photographer of Pohangina during the early years of the 20th Century. Photograph shows Mrs Wildbore and eleven of her children at their home in Pohangina township. Back row L-R: Mana (holding hat), Stan, Kathleene, Ruby, Percy (or possibly) Charlie. Front row L-R: Baden, Sylvia, Jane (holding Reg), Eva, Cecil, Owen.
This photograph was taken from the second terrace above the river looking in an south-westerly direction. It is said that Wildbore, the photographer, wished to photograph a bush fire and was notified by Mr Roberts of Mount Richards of a burn taking place on his property. The fire burnt between Coal Creek and the site of the present Pohangina Valley West Road.
The Lindsay Family Collection consists of images taken by Charles Wildbore in the Manawatū and Horowhenua regions. Included are images depicting the construction of the Mangahao Electric Power Scheme, the flax fibre industry, and life in the Pohangina Valley during the early 20th Century.
"Totara Reserve" is the popular name of the 740 acre public reserve situated on the east bank of the Pohangina River and officially known as Pohangina Valley Domain. Since 1947, this reserve has been owned by the Palmerston North City Council. This photograph shows one of the early motor cars of the Pohangina Valley (possibly owned by Evaline Clink) travelling along the metalled road through the reserve. The ownership of the car is unknown. The photographer is Charles E Wildbore (1862-1937), who came to New Zealand from England in 1874. He was a bee keeper, dairy farmer and a well-known amateur photographer in the Pohangina Valley during the period 1890s-1920. He married Jane Emily Dallison in 1888 and they had 13 children.
"Totara Reserve" is the popular name of the 740 acre public reserve situated on the east bank of the Pohangina River and officially known as Pohangina Valley Domain. Since 1947, this reserve has been owned by the Palmerston North City Council. The photographer is Charles E Wildbore (1862-1937), who came to New Zealand from England in 1874. He was a bee keeper, dairy farmer and a well-known amateur photographer in the Pohangina Valley during the period 1890s-1920. He married Jane Emily Dallison in 1888 and they had 13 children.
The suspension bridge was built over the Manawatu River at Rangitane (now Opiki) in 1917-1918, by the Tane Hemp Co. Ltd. It was known as the Opiki Toll Bridge for many years and was closed in 1969. Parts of it can still be seen today (2007). People identified as (from left): Unknown; Mr Joseph Dawson, bridge designer holding Mavis Henderson daughter of Elsie and Ernest Henderson; Unknown; Mr A W Hogg; Elsie Henderson holding her 4mth old son Lewis; Unknown; Mrs Whitewick, cook at Tane flax mill; Mr Whitewick, cook at Tane flax mill; Unknown; Miss Taylor; Unknown; Ernest Henderson holding rod, who fashioned most of the ironwork on the suspension bridge.
This colour slide shows the Fitzherbert Bridge during a flood.