These men are thought to be Councillors and Council employees at a Council picnic at Turitea, photographed around 1910.
The Griffith family Buick car decorated as a "Dove of Peace" for the peace procession held to celebrate the end of World War One. These celebrations were held on July 19-21 1919 in Palmerston North. On Saturday the 19th of July at 9.30 am a 21 Gun Salute under the director of Col. McDonald was executed. Later speeches were given at the Show Grounds. On Monday - Children's Day - 21st of July as a procession was undertaken through Palmerston North to the Show Grounds, 500 pigeons symbolising peace were released from the oval.
Crowd and Planes on display
Constable Thomas Thompson Reid.
This photograph was created by William James Young in the early 20th century. A large variety of subjects are depicted in the collection, but family, rural life and travel are the most prominent themes. The exact location of the photographs in the Young Collection is unknown, but W J Young lived on a farm in Mt Stewart, Rangitikei, and some of the photographs include his house. The Young family were apparently avid travellers and photographs later in the collection feature scenes from Rotorua, Auckland, Whanganui, as well as other unidentified locations. The portraits are all unidentified, but are presumably of members of the Young family. The photographers parents were George Henry (b 1833) and Jane McDowell (b 1842, d 1916). They came to New Zealand in 1877. The same year, they bought the home farm on Mt Stewart and called it Kilrudden after Kilrudden House, the home of the McDowell family in Ireland. The couple had four children: Ann (b 1873), Margaret (b 1876), John (b 1878) and William James (b 1880). William James married Mary Elizabeth Thompson and they had four children: Doris (b 1914, d 1989), George (b 1916, d 1991), Royden McDowell (b 1925, d 1992) and Noel William (b 1927, d 2013).
Assistant District Surveyor, 1868.
Rangitāne O Manawatū blessed the site of the Central Energy Trust Arena, to mark the opening of its new entrance from Cuba Street, and other new developments. Guests met at 5pm, and were escorted over the new bridge into the complex.
Wind farm parts in storage near the Keith Street power station awaiting transportation to Mercury's Turitea wind farm on the Tararua Range.
The Richardson family at their farm ‘Homebush’, in Kimbolton c.1901. Photograph was captioned: John Richardson, Mabel (Bauer), Sydney Richardson, Joseph Shapleski, Amy Gay (George's wife), William Richardson, Robert Richardson, Catherine Richardson (Grandmother), MaryAnn Shapleski (pregnant with Kathleen), George Richardson. The Children: Margaret and Lucy Bickerton (sitting), Rene Richardson, George Shapleski (standing), and Arthur Richardson. Catherine Richardson can be seen in the Settler reunion picnic photos of 1896 and 1901.
Board showing the charges for the Opiki Toll Bridge. The prices had to be painted over in 1967 when decimal currency was implemented in New Zealand. The toll bridge was decommissioned in 1969 after a stronger concrete bridge was built about 400m further south. This board is now at the Akers Homestead in Opiki.
Broadcast on Manawatu People's Radio, 15th September 2020. Awarded QSM in 2005, linked to broadcasting own classical music radio station since 1998. Covers Palmerston North and Feilding. Mentioned in North and South article in 1999. Setting up the station, system, regulations, aerials, reception. Building own equipment. Classical music styles/interpretations. Music interest since childhood, now mid-80s. 30 variations on the Eroica symphony. University of the Third Age (U3A) groups. Station played in the Square (classical music to deter young people). Getting a civic award, 2004, then the QSM.
Broadcast on Manawatu People's Radio, 8th September 2020. The Birch brothers coming to NZ, 1860s, leasing land in upper Rangitikei. First European settlers in the area. Merino farming, cob house, gorse hedge. Marriages, wife from Yorkshire, expanding the house. Only cob house remaining in the North Island. Link to Caccia family, an Italian Count. Erehwon. Caccia-Birch name. Keiller connection. Freehold purchase finalized in 1905. Family disputes and rifts. Nga Tawa school. Purchase of Woodhay (Caccia Birch House), later gifted to the nation. Maintenance and future use of the house. Later family movements. Hair ball from a cow’s stomach.
Broadcast on Manawatu People's Radio, 1st Septermber 2020. Part 4 of 4. Jewish background growing up in New Jersey. Bar mitzvah. Customs around death. Jewish food. Youth organisations, B’nai B’rith. Jewish community in New Zealand. Kosher food sources. Son is an Orthodox Jew. The role of Cohens. Female rabbis. Visiting Israelis. Intermarriage, conversion.
Broadcast on Manawatu People's Radio, 11th August 2020. Part 1 of 4. Coming to Palmerston North. Director of museum and science centre about 1991, interview process. Early adjustments. Opening. Some issues. Museum approaches. Museum in a Box. Museum Studies at Massey University. Science Centre water room. Better use of the river.
Broadcast on Manawatu People's Radio, 25th August 2020. Part 3 of 4. Collecting kiwiana for over 25 years. Range of items, comparisons to the US. NZ citizenship. Gathering kiwiana. Te Manawa collection, Museum Society gathering linked stories, digitisation. Concept of a Swartsonian museum of kiwiana. Donated military uniforms in the US. Range of items collected. Cataloguing systems. 100,000 items so far. How to present items. UFOs and other unknowns.
Broadcast on Manawatu People's Radio, 18th August 2020. Part 2 of 4. Establishing the Taylor-Jensen Fine Arts Gallery, 1997. Gallery content and objectives. Involving the artists. Paul Dibble and others. Jack Register. Public artworks on display in Palmerston North. Stone sculptures in the Square. Support for local artists. Galleries, classes, Square Edge. Textile art, ceramics. The Schwartzonian for kiwiana. Hangars. Archaeology.
Keith Clark, Part 3, Marriage and teaching in Palmerston North and Blenheim - Manawatu Conversations
Broadcast on Manawatu People's Radio, 6th October 2020. Part 3 of 5. Marriage, parents approval, wedding and reception. Moving to Palmerston North, teaching at West End School for 3 years, 1950s. Wife working, then family. Travel to work. Description of pupils, teachers. Discipline. Class size (47). Making teaching resources. Moved to Blenheim. Became principal of school. Extra weekend and evening work. School fundraising.
Broadcast on Manawatu People's Radio, 20th October 2020. Part 5 of 5. Banding birds for the Dominion Museum. Tuatara for Canadian museums. Country school trip to Christchurch. School reunion, achievements of past pupils. Maori pupils. Trip to England, 6 weeks by ship. Teaching in England, difficult pupils. English tramping. New maths. Curriculum vs textbooks. Social differences.
Broadcast on Manawatu People's Radio, 29th September 2020. Part 2 of 5. Wartime, Kokatahi Band dances. Getting home late at night. To Christchurch Teachers College. Sport, athletics, bowling to Murray Chapple. Teaching, getting a strap for discipline. Bonding system. To Bulls as a reliever, then sole charge at Kaitieke, near Raurimu. Pupils going to school by horse. An injured kiwi. Meeting up with future wife. To West End School, Palmerston North and marriage (on 5th January 1952). Lesley teaching in a school at Ohakea. An Austin 7 car. Found a flat in Longburn. Lesley taught for 27 years in total.
Broadcast on Manawatu People's Radio, 13th October 2020. Part 4 of 5. Principal of school in Blenheim. Pupils’ backgrounds and later lives. Teaching style and activities. School swimming pool. Buying a house. Search and rescue (1960s). Skiing (early days), hut building. Exchange to Victoria (Australia) for a year. Different approach there, available resources, innovations, leisure activities (catching rabbits and snakes), camps for children. School near Featherston, extra activities, gymnastics.
Broadcast on Manawatu People's Radio, 22nd September 2020. Part 1 of 5. Born in Richmond, Nelson. Great-great-grandparents arrived there in 1842. Moved to Karamea, whitebait, eeling, 1930s. Hokitika and West Coast. Independent childhood, hunting, sharing community, no power. Father was dairy factory manager, prize butter maker. Lots of chores. Wartime, few young men, so shooting rabbits, etc. for farmers. School 50% Maori. Learned Maori techniques, eeling, etc.. Skipped levels at school so in high school at 12. Biked 6 miles to school. Cadet unit, marksman, testing rifles for home guard. Bren gun squad at 15. Joined the home guard. Off school to work mornings in the dairy factory. To Canterbury University at 16. Went hunting, bad weather, seriously ill. To Auckland to recuperate then back to factory. Started teaching. Given sole charge 9 pupil school position at 17 to see if fit enough.
The guest speaker at the 1984 Lloyd Morgan Trust dinner, arranged by local Lions Clubs, was Jimmy Cater, Former President of the United States of America. It was held at the Manawatu Sports Stadium. Lloyd Morgan was the first New Zealander to hold the position of World President of the International Association of Lions Clubs in 1979/80, and the annual dinner was a fundraising event.
During the first Covid-19 lockdown, the 'Sheild's Up' initiative coordinated makers across New Zealand in mass producing face shields to ship to under stocked healthcare providors. Local Makerspace Blueprint (a division of the Palmerston North City Library) contributed its 3D-printers and expertise. Together with machines loaned from Te Manawa museum, over 800 face shields were 3D-printed and provided to local dentists, midwives and the sterilisation department at Palmerston North Hospital.
Early Settlers' Picnic held on an unidentified sports ground. Features representatives from settler families known in the Foxton, Rangitikei, Rongotea, Oroua and wider Manawatū. Identified personalities: Man, fourth row from front, second from right, in flat cap, holding up hand: Identified as George Richardson Woman, second row from front, fifth from left, in black hat with white decoration: Identified as Catherine Richardson nee Lynch Girl, middle of front row with no adult directly behind her, wearing white dress and white hat with adornment: Identified as Margaret Bickerton, daughter of Frank Bickerton and Lucy Richardson.
At an unknown location in or near Palmerston North. Mr Milson – back row, black hat; Alphonse Rogers – on horse; Charlie Batterley – far left,; Mrs Parr; Mrs Gore – partly turned to the right; Harry Wiggins – white chin whiskers; Dodd - ? black whiskers and stick in front row. Mrs Parr and Mrs Gore are sisters whose husbands came from Newbury, England. Wiggins was also from Newbury where he was a blacksmith.
A group of unidentified early settlers in Palmerston North.
Early settler's picnic held in 1896 at the Manawatū Polo Club's grounds in Hokowhitu. The bush line of the Papeoia clearing can be seen behind. Woman, direct centre of front row: Identified as Catherine Richardson nee Lynch
Lucky is a kitten from Poppelle’s Kitten Rescue, a local cat rescue organisation. She is seen sleeping in a paper tray belonging to a library staff member.
This collection showcases the long and proud history of local Rugby and Rugby League teams in the Manawatū.
“Queen Victoria Drive” or Victoria Drive as it is more commonly known was started in c1917 with a rough track being put through from Fitzherbert Avenue to Park Road. In 1919, it was properly laid out and metalled and in c1920 – 1921 was finally tarred and sanded. Many native plants and trees were planted bordering the drive, some which still remain. This photograph shows many residents of the Palmerston North enjoying various modes of transportation - whether on foot, by bicycle and by means of automobile.