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John Ward on Tangiwai, plus the Mayhew medal - Manawatu Conversations

John Ward on Tangiwai, plus the Mayhew medal - Manawatu Conversations

Broadcast on Manawatu Peoiple's Radio 25 December 2018. Part 1, John Ward. Started work as a photo-engraver, December 1953. Called in to work urgently after Tangiwai rail disaster, Christmas Eve. Description of event and photograph processing for the reporting. How the plates were prepared. Distribution to newspapers. Father was a watchmaker. Other jobs by photo-engravers. Photo-finishes at races. Part 2, The C Mayhew British War Medal. Numerous participants. Finding the medal. C Mayhew engraved on it. British War Medal from WWI. Finding the family using military and genealogy research. Contacting the family. Get together to hand over the medal (and make this recording). Ribbon for the medal. Restoration.

 
Opening of Māori Battalion Hall

Opening of Māori Battalion Hall

The Māori Battalion Hall, named 'Te Rau Aroha' (emblem of gratitude), was erected in Palmerston North as a national memorial to the men of the 28th (Māori) Battalion who lost their lives in the Second World War. It was designed by John Scott, architect of Hastings, and the 14 carved panels on the facade (8 feet x 1 foot 6 inches) were carved by Kelly Kereama of Feilding. Inside 639 names of those who did not return are inscribed on 14 brass plates. All the concrete, both inside and out, was left unplastered and with the marks of the boxing to symbolise the strength of the Māori people. The three-storey building was planned as a community centre to serve all races and was opened in June 1964 by the Governor General, Sir Bernard Fergusson. Mayor Gilbert Rennie was also in attendance, as well as a number of Māori veterans.

 
Opening of Māori Battalion Hall

Opening of Māori Battalion Hall

The Māori Battalion Hall, named 'Te Rau Aroha' (emblem of gratitude), was erected in Palmerston North as a national memorial to the men of the 28th (Māori) Battalion who lost their lives in the Second World War. It was designed by John Scott, architect of Hastings, and the 14 carved panels on the facade (8 feet x 1 foot 6 inches) were carved by Kelly Kereama of Feilding. Inside 639 names of those who did not return are inscribed on 14 brass plates. All the concrete, both inside and out, was left unplastered and with the marks of the boxing to symbolise the strength of the Māori people. The three-storey building was planned as a community centre to serve all races and was opened in June 1964 by the Governor General, Sir Bernard Fergusson. Mayor Gilbert Rennie was also in attendance, as well as a number of Māori veterans.

Creator
Date
June 27, 1964
Place
Corner of Cuba and Pitt Street, Palmerston North
 
Diving Boards - Opening of Lido Swimming Complex

Diving Boards - Opening of Lido Swimming Complex

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.

 
Sir Bernard Fergusson and John Mason Durie at Opening of Māori Battalion Hall

Sir Bernard Fergusson and John Mason Durie at Opening of Māori Battalion Hall

The Māori Battalion Hall, named 'Te Rau Aroha' (emblem of gratitude), was erected in Palmerston North as a national memorial to the men of the 28th (Māori) Battalion who lost their lives in the Second World War. It was designed by John Scott, architect of Hastings, and the 14 carved panels on the facade (8 feet x 1 foot 6 inches) were carved by Kelly Kereama of Feilding. Inside 639 names of those who did not return are inscribed on 14 brass plates. All the concrete, both inside and out, was left unplastered and with the marks of the boxing to symbolise the strength of the Māori people. The three-storey building was planned as a community centre to serve all races and was opened in June 1964 by the Governor General, Sir Bernard Fergusson. The man to his left is Hoani Meihana Te Rama Durie, also known as John Mason Durie (1889–1972). Mayor Gilbert Rennie was also in attendance, as well as a number of Māori veterans.

Creator
Date
June 27, 1964
Place
Corner of Cuba and Pitt Street, Palmerston North
 
Opening of Māori Battalion Hall

Opening of Māori Battalion Hall

The Māori Battalion Hall, named 'Te Rau Aroha' (emblem of gratitude), was erected in Palmerston North as a national memorial to the men of the 28th (Māori) Battalion who lost their lives in the Second World War. It was designed by John Scott, architect of Hastings, and the 14 carved panels on the facade (8 feet x 1 foot 6 inches) were carved by Kelly Kereama of Feilding. Inside 639 names of those who did not return are inscribed on 14 brass plates. All the concrete, both inside and out, was left unplastered and with the marks of the boxing to symbolise the strength of the Māori people. The three-storey building was planned as a community centre to serve all races and was opened in June 1964 by the Governor General, Sir Bernard Fergusson. Mayor Gilbert Rennie was also in attendance, as well as a number of Māori veterans.

 
Opening of Māori Battalion Hall

Opening of Māori Battalion Hall

The Māori Battalion Hall, named 'Te Rau Aroha' (emblem of gratitude), was erected in Palmerston North as a national memorial to the men of the 28th (Māori) Battalion who lost their lives in the Second World War. It was designed by John Scott, architect of Hastings, and the 14 carved panels on the facade (8 feet x 1 foot 6 inches) were carved by Kelly Kereama of Feilding. Inside 639 names of those who did not return are inscribed on 14 brass plates. All the concrete, both inside and out, was left unplastered and with the marks of the boxing to symbolise the strength of the Māori people. The three-storey building was planned as a community centre to serve all races and was opened in June 1964 by the Governor General, Sir Bernard Fergusson. Mayor Gilbert Rennie was also in attendance, as well as a number of Māori veterans.

 
Swimmers - Opening of Lido Swimming Complex

Swimmers - Opening of Lido Swimming Complex

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.

 
Mayor Gilbert Rennie Addresses Crowd - Opening of Lido Swimming Complex

Mayor Gilbert Rennie Addresses Crowd - Opening of Lido Swimming Complex

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.

Creator
Date
October 1966
 
Fitzherbert Park - Opening of Lido Swimming Complex

Fitzherbert Park - Opening of Lido Swimming Complex

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.

 
First Diver - Opening of Lido Swimming Complex

First Diver - Opening of Lido Swimming Complex

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.

Creator
Date
October 1966
 
Crowds - Opening of Lido Swimming Complex

Crowds - Opening of Lido Swimming Complex

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.

Creator
Date
October 1966
 
Swimmers in Pool - Opening of Lido Swimming Complex

Swimmers in Pool - Opening of Lido Swimming Complex

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.

Creator
Date
October 1966
 
Crowds - Opening of Lido Swimming Complex

Crowds - Opening of Lido Swimming Complex

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.

 
Swimming Race - Opening of Lido Swimming Complex

Swimming Race - Opening of Lido Swimming Complex

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.

Creator
Date
October 1966
 
Multi-laned Pool - Opening of Lido Swimming Complex

Multi-laned Pool - Opening of Lido Swimming Complex

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.

Creator
Date
October 1966
 
Swimmers Jump from Diving Board - Opening of Lido Swimming Complex

Swimmers Jump from Diving Board - Opening of Lido Swimming Complex

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.

Creator
Date
October 1966
 
Mayor Gilbert Rennie Addresses Crowd - Opening of Lido Swimming Complex

Mayor Gilbert Rennie Addresses Crowd - Opening of Lido Swimming Complex

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.

Creator
Date
October 1966
 
Post Office Hotel and H L Young building, Broadway

Post Office Hotel and H L Young building, Broadway

The H L Young building was constructed in Palmerston North in 1920. Parked outside is Henry Young’s Studebaker, one of the first in the Manawatu. On the left is the Post Office Hotel, which was seriously damaged by fire c1926. It was demolished in 1930 to make way for the Regent Theatre. The fence enclosed paddock between the buildings was to become the Regent Arcade.

 
Third Methodist Church - The Builders

Third Methodist Church - The Builders

Builders of the Third Methodist Church. H. White (centre front - with ball), Charles Randall (front row, second from right), W. Falls (front row, far left), E. Dymock (back row, far right), other unidentified. The new church was designed by James Bennie in 1911 and worship commenced in the new building in June 1913.

 
Palmerston North City Boundary alterations 1877 to 1967

Palmerston North City Boundary alterations 1877 to 1967

A map showing the various boundary changes to Palmerston North City since 1877. Includes street names and section & lot numbers. Black ink on paper. Shows boundary changes from the years 1877, 1949, 1953, 1961 and 1967. Scale 20 chains: 1 inch.

 
Flooding at 364 Albert Street

Flooding at 364 Albert Street

Flooding at Richmond Escolme Harrison's residence in Albert Street. R E Harrison was a nurseryman of Hokowhitu, Palmerston North, and after the flood the family was never return to this home. the house is now the Village Inn in Hokowhitu. In May 1941 the Manawatu River flooded about 250 hectares of the city. A stop bank between Fitzroy Street and Jickell Street had been constructed but it proved inadequate for the flood waters.

 
Flooding at 375 Albert Street

Flooding at 375 Albert Street

375 Albert Street, Palmeston North, stood approximately opposite what is now the Hokowhitu shopping centre. In May 1941 the Manawatu River flooded about 250 hectares of the city. A stop bank between Fitzroy Street and Jickell Street had been constructed but it proved inadequate.

 
Ross Allen Part 1, being a locomotive engineer - Manawatu Conversations

Ross Allen Part 1, being a locomotive engineer - Manawatu Conversations

Broadcast on Manawatu People's Radio, 27th September 2022. Part 1 of 2.  Born in Otaki maternity home. To Foxton when 6 years old (1951). Father’s work and health problems. Life in Foxton in 1950s. Early interest in trains. Grandfather was a stationmaster. Staff leaving railways in 1950s. Shiftwork. Working in Woodville. Getting steam up in an engine, steps in the process. Using wood and coal. The railway in Foxton. Flax carpets. 

Creator
Date
September 27, 2022
Place
Palmerston North
 
Ross Allen Part 2, working on the railways - Manawatu Conversations

Ross Allen Part 2, working on the railways - Manawatu Conversations

Broadcast on Manawatu People's Radio, 4th October 2022. Part 2 of 2.    Joined the railways in 1963. Shunting and local trips. Got boiler ticket, then fireman’s ticket. In Woodville to 1969, trips as far as Wellington, diesel. Goods carried, including stock. A bull in a wagon. Delivering petrol in drums. Switch to diesel engines. Maintaining train wheels. A fireman on a diesel train. Became a train driver. How to drive a train. An incident with a train load of lucerne. Air brakes, “charging up” the wagons. Birds nesting in the engine. Electric trains. A family catching the Northerner at Palmerston North nearly left a baby behind. Still interested in trains, including preservation railways.   

Creator
Date
October 4, 2022
Place
Palmerston North
 
Radio in the 1950s - Manawatu Conversations

Radio in the 1950s - Manawatu Conversations

Broadcast on Manawatu People's Radio, 11th October 2022.  Listening to the radio in the 1950s. Aunt Daisy, Children’s Hour, Lone Ranger. Reception problems. 2ZA locally, Garners and shopping reporters. Song requests, hit parades. In the Bag, Selwyn Toogood. Wedding announcements. Housewives listening to radio. Local participation. Crystal sets. Tangiwai disaster radio coverage. Crime serials in evenings, Randy Stone. Sport coverage. News bulletins. Valve radios. Listen with Mother. Reception issues. Teenagers and music. Overseas music. Limited Maori music broadcast in 1950s, Howard Morrison. Fashion important, but not through radio. Why Aunt Daisy was popular. Winston McCarthy, the voice of rugby. 2ZA concert party. No talkback radio. Going to the studio to broadcast live.  (Ivan and Muriel Allott, David and Margaret Beere, David Bertram, Stuart Birks)  

Creator
Date
October 11, 2022
Place
Palmerston North
 
Peggy Pedersen, childhood - Manawatu Conversations

Peggy Pedersen, childhood - Manawatu Conversations

Broadcast on Manawatu People's Radio, 18th October 2022. First memories (1937), 4 years old walking about 2k for a bus. On a dairy farm, working when about 10 years old. Father left, mother repartnered. Relationship with separated father. Became very independent. Boarding at school. Working in Hastings at 13 when should have been in school. Working in a milk bar. Country dances. Wartime final leave gatherings. Limited awareness of the war. Young people expected to work. Palmerston North in 1950. Few telephones in homes. Travelling long distance alone when young.  

Creator
Date
October 18, 2022
Place
Palmerston North
 
Ivan and Muriel Allott, Part - 1, compulsory military training 1957 - Manawatu Conversations

Ivan and Muriel Allott, Part - 1, compulsory military training 1957 - Manawatu Conversations

 Broadcast on Manawatu People's Radio, 25th October 2022. Part 1 of 2.  Ivan’s Compulsory Military Training experience in 1957, final intake. 14 weeks in air force. Had been in Air Training Corps at PNBHS. Choice of a trade after initial square bashing. Great air force food. Chose medical trade option. Hobsonville for initial training, then Ohakea. Description of the barracks. Aircraft - Vampires and Devons. Testing for diabetes. Training disrupted by the 1957 flu epidemic, several cases at the air base. Treating people for flu. Shooting 303s. “Medical parade”. Later benefits of medical training. Discharge document.  

Creator
Date
October 25, 2022
Place
Palmerston North
 
Ivan and Muriel Allott, Part - 2, compulsory military training 1957 - Manawatu Conversations

Ivan and Muriel Allott, Part - 2, compulsory military training 1957 - Manawatu Conversations

Broadcast on Manawatu People's Radio, 1st November 2022. Part 2 of 2.   Recollections of Compulsory Military Training. Badminton at Ohakea. Social activities. Barracks. Hearing a Wurlitzer organ in Auckland. Under 21, so no drinking (officially). Allowed home at weekends. Issue and care of uniforms, developing good habits. Social mixing. Military service for young people now? QEC’s service academy. Benefits of CMT. No assault courses. No non-military service options. Ivan’s pharmacy apprenticeship. How he chose pharmacy. A pharmacist for UFS.   

Creator
Date
November 1, 2022
Place
Palmerston North
 
Ross Cassells, Part 3, Development Studies, the Solomons - Manawatu Conversations

Ross Cassells, Part 3, Development Studies, the Solomons - Manawatu Conversations

Broadcast on Manawatu People's Radio, 22nd November 2022. Part 3 of 3.   Leaving DoC. To Massey University to do development studies. Different perspective in the social sciences. Fieldwork in the Solomon Islands. Living in a leaf house. Pidgin English. Experiencing the local culture and knowledge. Mosquitos. Masters Thesis comparing commercial and subsistence forestry. High subsistence value of forests. Use of funds from commercial forestry. 

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Date
November 22, 2022
Place
Palmerston North
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