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Back Issues: Local History Week probes the little-known

Back Issues: Local History Week probes the little-known

Local historians weekly "Back Issues" article in the Manawatū Standard. Local History Week and History Month this year is inspired by the whakatuakī (proverb) "Whatungarongaro te tangata toitū te whenua".
Fifty local history organisations and enthusiasts responded to the City Library's Heritage team invitation to contribute to a rich programe of historic whenua (land) related events and activities. More than 80 activities will be held during March. This article outlines a programme that highlights the history of the Manawatū and Palmerston North. Talks, tours and workshops are mostly free to attend. The popular programme, co-ordinated by the Palmerston North City Library, has been held annually since 2008.

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Tina Falloon and Lance Fuller dancing

Tina Falloon and Lance Fuller dancing

Dance students Tina Falloon and Lance Fuller perform together.

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W.H. Shepard  and Andrew Young

W.H. Shepard and Andrew Young

Andrew Young, on the right, was born in England and emigrated to Australia in 1855. He established himself in the coach business there, and later in New Zealand (in Otago 1862 – 1868 and in Westland 1868 – 1871). In partnership with Shepard, Young gained the franchise on the Wellington – New Plymouth mail run. Shepard drowned within a few months, but Young continued the business until 1882. In the 1890s he again operated in the South Island. In 1894 he narrowly lost Wellington’s mayoralty.

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Palmerston North
 
Reginald Bridewell with van in front of Bridewell's Bakery

Reginald Bridewell with van in front of Bridewell's Bakery

This photograph shows Reginald Bridewell (Reg), Master Baker, with his bakery van outside the business's first address on the corner of Main Street and Victoria Avenue, around 1935. Reg was the original owner of this family business. Not long after the photograph was taken, the bakery moved to 487 Main Street (later renumbered 729 Main Street, one of several Terrace End shops) where it remained operating until the 1980s.

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Bridewell's Bakery Building

Bridewell's Bakery Building

Image from about 1935, this bakery was on the corner of Main Street and Victoria Avenue. The site was leased from Hopwood's by the Bridewell family. On the far left is Reginald (Reg) Bridewell with his young son Maurice. His son-in-law Ron Siegel is on the other cart, next to Lionel Bridewell and Dudley Bridewell. The horses names are Lady and Tody.

Not long after this photograph was taken, the bakery moved to 487 Main Street (later renumbered 729 Main Street, one of several Terrace End shops) where it remained operating until the 1980s.

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Palmerston North
 
Bridewell's Bakery Van

Bridewell's Bakery Van

Image from about mid 1950's, when Bridewell's Bakery operated from 729 Main Street, Terrace End. The bakery was a family owned business.
Shown on the left is Reginald (Reg) Bridewell, the original owner and Master Baker from London, born in Wiltshire UK. His sons Dudley (Dud) and Maurice, shown here, became the joint owners after Reg's death.

Reginald's granddaughter recalls that the awards displayed on the van door were awarded from London for Best Loaf of Bread, 1919, 1921 and 1924.

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Palmerston North
 
Memorabilia - Reginald Francis Austin Bridewell

Memorabilia - Reginald Francis Austin Bridewell

This image shows a collection of objects pertaining to Reginald (Reg) Bridewell, Master baker, the original owner of Bridewell's Bakery.

The medals were awarded to Reg from London for Best Loaf of Bread 1919, 1921 and 1924. The photograph shows Reg with his bakery van outside the business's first address on the corner of Main Street and Victoria Avenue, around 1935. Not long after this photograph was taken, the bakery moved to 487 Main Street (later renumbered 729 Main Street, one of several Terrace End shops) where it remained operating until the 1980s.

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Manawatū
 
Springbok Tour - When the tour came to town
Springbok Tour - When the tour came to town

Springbok Tour - When the tour came to town

Manawatū Standard article about the 1981 Springboks tour and the role protesters played in the anti-our movement. The Springboks vs All Blacks game on 1 August 1981 in Palmerston North was marred by protest, conflict between rugby supporters, anti-tour protesters and the police. Thousands of people demonstrated, clashing with rugby supporters in several locations. National anti-tour protest groups Hart and Mast organised local protest marchers. The showgrounds were barricaded with large containers and fences topped with barbed wire to keep out opposition to the game.

The game was attended by more than 20,000 spectators. It was a close game, won by the visitors 31-19.

Many felt the game should not have gone ahead. A week earlier, the game in Hamilton had been stopped by protesters marching on the rugby field. Police wanted no repeat of a stopped game. Those opposed to the tour included activist Penny Poutu, local councillors, local All Black Bob Burgess, and unionist Roger Middlemass.

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Palmerston North
 
Mike Lawrence, Part 1. Radio in the 1960s and 70s - Manawatu Conversations

Mike Lawrence, Part 1. Radio in the 1960s and 70s - Manawatu Conversations

Broadcast on Manawatu People’s Radio, 26th September 2023. Part 1 of 3. Early interest in radio (about 1950), especially the technical side. Crystal sets, then battery operated valve radios. Career options, chose radio broadcasting. To Wellington as a technical trainee when left school. Short wave radio. With 2ZB in Wellington for 6 months. Limited international communication about 1960. Radio hams. Several years training, receiving news from the BBC and other overseas radio, then passing on to Broadcasting House. First person in New Zealand to hear of President Kennedy’s assassination. Limited radio news service in 1960s, relying on newspapers as a source. To Palmerston North in 1974. Private radio stations some years later. Radio Hauraki. Radio in Palmerston North from about late 1920s. Types of programme.

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Mike Lawrence, Part 2. Radio Broadcasting - Manawatu Conversations

Mike Lawrence, Part 2. Radio Broadcasting - Manawatu Conversations

Broadcast on Manawatu People’s Radio, 3rd October 2023. Part 2 of 3. Radio advertising, recording on vinyl. Cartridges and cassettes. Working in Taumarunui (mini-stations). AM and FM stations. Outside broadcasts. Transistors, technical staff redundant. Integrated circuits. Automation using videorecorders. Back into broadcasting after retirement, community radio. Current broadcasting software. Broadcasting over the internet. Moving on to computers.

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Mike Lawrence, Part 3. Computers, SeniorNet - Manawatu Conversations

Mike Lawrence, Part 3. Computers, SeniorNet - Manawatu Conversations

Broadcast on Manawatu People’s Radio, 10th October 2023. Part 3 of 3. Early days of personal computers. IBM PCs, dot matrix printers. Learning programming with punch cards, no graphics. Working for Advantage Computers. NZ Disabilities Resource Centre. NZ Fire Service VHF radio servicing. Househusband in late 1990s. Remarried. In Seniornet for 25 years now. Seniornet peaked at 600 members. Since declined and activities have changed. Voice recognition. Computer/phone familiarity. Decline of the voluntary sector. Few people to take a lead. Women in Seniornet. Digital legacy.

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Owen Rogers, Palmerston North childhood, 1945- - Manawatu Conversations

Owen Rogers, Palmerston North childhood, 1945- - Manawatu Conversations

Broadcast on Manawatu People’s Radio, 17th October 2023. Always lived in Palmerston North. Started school about 1950. Catholic school. Playing behind the YMCA in Grey Street. Family bought State house in Ascott St. Building standards then and now. Heating homes. Marist Brothers school. Single sex schools, little mixing with girls. Learning ballroom dancing. Rock and roll. Few dancing opportunities now, but RSA 20 years ago. Newbury Hall dances. School bands. Jazz. Most school friends left Palmerston North. Childhood meals, growing own vegetables, homemade marmalade. Asian restaurants coming to Palmerston North.

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Brian Bates, Part 1, early years in the UK - Manawatu Conversations

Brian Bates, Part 1, early years in the UK - Manawatu Conversations

Broadcast on Manawatu People’s Radio, 24th October 2023. Part 1 of 2. Career as a pharmacist. In Dagenham until 26 (1962). Young child in WWII. Memories of the blitz, DC3s towing gliders, Morrison shelter, Anderson shelter, V1s, V2s, rationing. Post-war - the Marshall Plan, Cold War, first banana. The 11+ exam. Grammar School. 6th Form specialization, choice of pharmacy apprenticeship with Boots Chemist. Qualifying in Sunderland. Working in SE England. Posted to New Zealand at 25. Pharmacy work in 1960s, making up medicines and ointments. Famous people from Dagenham.

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Brian Bates, Part 2, A pharmacist in New Zealand - Manawatu Conversations

Brian Bates, Part 2, A pharmacist in New Zealand - Manawatu Conversations

Broadcast on Manawatu People’s Radio, 31st October 2023. Flew to New Zealand, 1963. First few days in NZ. Sent to PN, first impressions. Settling in, basketball and surfing. Married, transferred to Wellington. Managing Boots in Dunedin, then in PN. Senior management position in Wellington for 2 years. Regulated, so Boots couldn’t expand. Bought pharmacy business in PN. Changes in medications. Falling number of pharmacies in central PN. Set up pharmacy in Cook St, there until retired. The future for pharmacies – more healthcare services from pharmacists. Mother travelling from UK, Brian travelling to UK. Advantages of Palmerston North.

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Local History Week 2020 - Terrace End Cemetery by Twilight

Local History Week 2020 - Terrace End Cemetery by Twilight

Terrace End Cemetery Tour hosted by Tina White and Leanne Hickman, part of the 13th Local History Week 2020. This white cross marks the centre of the designated Catholic section where three priests from St. Patrick's Church on Broadway Avenue and 11 nuns from the Sisters of Mercy are buried. The cross is in the centre of an octagonal shape which symbolises regeneration and eternal life.

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Terrace End Cemetery, Palmerston North
 
Local History Week 2020 - Terrace End Cemetery by Twilight

Local History Week 2020 - Terrace End Cemetery by Twilight

Terrace End Cemetery Tour hosted by Tina White and Leanne Hickman, part of the 13th Local History Week 2020.

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Terrace End Cemetery, Palmerston North
 
Local History Week 2020 - Terrace End Cemetery by Twilight

Local History Week 2020 - Terrace End Cemetery by Twilight

Terrace End Cemetery Tour hosted by Tina White and Leanne Hickman, part of the 13th Local History Week 2020.

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Terrace End Cemetery, Palmerston North
 
Local History Week 2020 - Terrace End Cemetery by Twilight

Local History Week 2020 - Terrace End Cemetery by Twilight

Terrace End Cemetery Tour hosted by Tina White and Leanne Hickman, part of the 13th Local History Week 2020. This image shows the grave of the single known Chinese person buried at Terrace End Cemetery.

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Terrace End Cemetery, Palmerston North
 
Memory Lane - "Static displays take on new life"

Memory Lane - "Static displays take on new life"

Journalist Tina White's weekly "Memory Lane" article in the Manawatū Standard. History of the A-MU-C-UM (pronounded "A Musuem" or "Amuse-um"), a collection of mechanical and static museum displays. When publicly displayed, it attracted large crowds in the 1970's and was reported to be one of the best attractions of its type in New Zealand.
Dating back to 1928, Erland McKay Patterson's hobby was building miniature mechanical clowns. The collection of miniature circus objects, fairytale figures and animated scenes grew to thousands. It was displayed around the city and on special occasions, including the 1971 centenary celebrations. It was housed for many years at 280 Church Street (now Centrepoint Theatre) until 1974, when the building was sold. Finding a new home for the large collection was a problem, and it disappeared from public view.
In 2012, A-MU-C-UM was acquired by the Feilding Rotary Club. After many hours of voluntary restoration work, the historic collection was again on public display at the Feilding Christmas cave.

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Manawatū
 
Back Issues: Cuba St key to city's early designs

Back Issues: Cuba St key to city's early designs

Local historians weekly "Back Issues" article in the Manawatū Standard. The story of Cuba Street and surrounding streets from Palmerston North's early days. The street was on the original Palmerston town plan. Its commercial heyday was arguably in the first half of the 20th century, when it was predicted that it could rival Te Marae o Hine/The Square in importance. However, this importance did not endure and Cuba Street is now mostly used as the main route leading to the Showgrounds.

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Palmerston North
 
Memory Lane - "Powerful union in marriage of two worlds"

Memory Lane - "Powerful union in marriage of two worlds"

Journalist Tina White's weekly "Memory Lane" article in the Manawatū Standard. Warren and Virginia Warbrick share their love and understanding of Palmerston North, its present and its past with a wider audience. Their work includes city council cultural projects. Warren is a maker and performer of ngā tāonga pūoro - traditional Māori musical instruments.
In 2017, the couple discovered that the direct global opposite location to Palmerston North is St Martin de Valdeiglesias, a town in Spain. They followed up this discovery with a visit to the town.
The Warbricks continue to work on history projects and tell Rangitane 's past in music, artworks and performance, creating new interest and reaching a wide audience.

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Manawatū
 
Back Issues: Stories to shine light on Pahīatua Camp's displaced persons

Back Issues: Stories to shine light on Pahīatua Camp's displaced persons

Local historians weekly "Back Issues" article in the Manawatū Standard. European refugees displaced during World War 2 started arriving at a camp in Pahiatua in 1949. They stayed for 6 weeks to prepare for life elsewhere in New Zealand. The success of this scheme is believed to have been mixed as many arrivals were traumatised by their wartime experiences. Official and personal records are scarce. Descendants of the displaced persons have set up a project called Untold Stories to discover more about the experiences of these immigrants in Pahīatua.

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Pahīatua
 
Music, Tea and Tales with River Stop Awapuni

Music, Tea and Tales with River Stop Awapuni

An afternoon organised by community group River Stop Awapuni, as part of Local History Week. Held at Boho Cafe, a number of speakers shared recollections of the neighbourhood. Speakers include VJ Patel from Awapuni Four Square, Murray and Dawn Griffin (sharing Racing recollections) and Laura Clifford from Awapuni Library. Kindly recorded by Manawatu People's Radio. 

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Boho Cafe, Pitama Road
 
Tea, tales and tour with River Stop Awapuni

Tea, tales and tour with River Stop Awapuni

Audio captured by Manawatu People's Radio at a local history month event, organised by River Stop Awapuni. 

The talk was planned to share the history of the site now housing Te Hotu Manawa O Rangitāne O Manawatū Marae and Best Care Whakapai Hauora, on Maxwells Line.  Tuia Te Oranga executive director Wayne Blissett shared the extensive work Best Care does. Following afternoon tea, all were invited to attend a walking tour of the complex. 

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Te Hotu Manawa O Rangitāne O Manawatū Marae and Best Care Whakapai Hauora
 
River Stop Stories - Music, Tea and Tales

River Stop Stories - Music, Tea and Tales

Margaret Tennant speaks about the history of the Awapuni Hospital at an Awapuni Local History week event. The talk was arranged by River Stop Awapuni, a community group, and followed by afternoon tea to celebrate the 6th birthday of Boho Cafe. Recording kindly captured by Manawatu People's Radio. 

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Boho Cafe, Pitama Road
 
Billie Chote, Part 1. Childhood and early teaching - Manawatu Conversations

Billie Chote, Part 1. Childhood and early teaching - Manawatu Conversations

Broadcast on Manawatu People's Radio, 7th November 2023, Part 1 of 5.  Part 1 of 5. Early years in Wanganui. Father a jockey. School life, sports. Chart on achieving in life. In race commentators’ box. To Christchurch Teachers’ College, then to a school on Wanganui River. Teachers’ College in 1950s. Got teacher’s certificate, then to Thames, soon committed to teaching. 2 years in Britain, Secondary Modern school in Scotland, after school activities, field trip. 

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Ashhurst
 
Billie Chote, Part 2. Primary school teaching - Manawatu Conversations

Billie Chote, Part 2. Primary school teaching - Manawatu Conversations

Broadcast on Manawatu People's Radio, 14th November 2023, Part 2 of 5.  At age 16 strikes up a friendship with Emma in Wanganui. She went to Wellington Teachers College and he went to Christchurch so they parted ways. Romance resumed 12 years later when they both settled back in the Wanganui area. Married a year later. Both got a job in Blenheim at different schools. Shifted to Taikorea school. School damaged during the Wahine storm (10th April 1968) and a new one was built. Became principal at Opiki school. Obtained a Commonwealth exchange scholarship and went to Birmingham for a year. After return to New Zealand Emma taught junior classes at Hokowhitu school and Billie was deputy principal at Awapuni school. Relates experiences at a school camp at Brown House, in Kahuterawa Valley. 

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Ashhurst
 
Billie Chote, Part 3. Teacher and visiting teacher - Manawatu Conversations

Billie Chote, Part 3. Teacher and visiting teacher - Manawatu Conversations

Broadcast on Manawatu People's Radio, 21st November 2023, Part 3 of 5.  Awapuni School, teaching children from difficult homes, basketball cake league, cross country. Moved on to Riverdale School, very different. The Tartan Clansmen. School camp. 1989 moved to the Ministry of Education a Visiting Teacher. The work of a Visiting Teacher. Picot and Tomorrow’s Schools. A truancy case. Formation of Special Education Services. Team leader for the region’s visiting teachers. Dealing with severe behaviour problem cases.  

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Ashhurst
 
Billie Chote, Part 4. Visiting Teacher and Learning Support - Manawatu Conversations

Billie Chote, Part 4. Visiting Teacher and Learning Support - Manawatu Conversations

Broadcast on Manawatu People's Radio, 28th November 2023, Part 4 of 5.  Working for Ministry of Education as Visiting Teacher, correspondence, boarding bursary, problem children, home schooled children. Home school events. A correspondence school case. Changing issues with children over time, broken homes. Importance of fathers. Changing roles with Special Education teams, now Learning Support, working with psychologists and other specialists. Turned 65, switched to 3 days a week until retired at 78 in 2014. Farewell function. Changes in issues over working life. Resource Teachers of Learning Behaviour, RTLBs.  

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Ashhurst
 
Billie Chote, Part 5. Mentoring - Manawatu Conversations

Billie Chote, Part 5. Mentoring - Manawatu Conversations

Broadcast on Manawatu People's Radio, 4th December 2023, Part 5 of 5. Works part time at Ross Intermediate School, Palmerston North as a mentor for boys who frequently don’t have a father figure. Does competitive activities with them – cards, dice, basketball, golf. Solves human conflicts with restorative meetings. 90% success rate. He says many parents do not take responsibility. He hasn’t got an answer for that. Free school lunches provided. Bike and scooter track for physical activity. Critical of today’s methods of training teachers. 

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Ashhurst
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