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Coalition Against The Tour poster

Coalition Against The Tour poster

The Coalition Against the Tour group was formed 15 March 1985, to protest against the proposed tour of the All Black rugby team to South Africa. This poster's message is to oppose the tour, through boycotting major businesses who supply uniform apparel to the All Blacks.

 
Gillian Absolon - Finding Aid

Gillian Absolon - Finding Aid

Gillian Absolon was born on 30 March 1934 and died on 1 January 2019. In 1993 Gillian established the Mature Employment Support Agency in Palmerston North when many older workers (over 40) were finding it difficult to find another job. Other projects she was involved in were an inner-city communal garden, and the local regeneration of native wetlands and bush. She was awarded Regional winner of the New Zealand Federation of Business and Professional Women’s Club Environment Award 1993 and the Palmerston North City Council Community Award Voluntary Community Service in 1998.

 
Coalition Against The Tour - Finding Aid

Coalition Against The Tour - Finding Aid

The Coalition Against The Tour group came out of the Community Volunteer group. The group was formed 15 March 1985, to protest against the proposed tour of the All Blacks rugby team to South Africa. Series 1: Minutes Series 2: Organisational Information Series 3: Correspondence Series 4: Financial Series 5: Newsletters Series 6: Press Releases Series 7: Supporting Organisations Series 8: Supporting Information Series 9: Newspaper Clippings Series 10: Posters and Flyers

 
Brightwater Terrace bus shelter

Brightwater Terrace bus shelter

Painting of Brightwater Terrace, Palmerston North, showing house and bus shelter. Pen and wash. Colour. John Tetley was a parasitologist at Massey Agricultural College and a well known amateur artist who exhibited locally.

Creator
Date
circa 1940 to circa 1949
Place
Palmerston North
 
The Lakelet bridge

The Lakelet bridge

  Lakelet in the Square, looking towards the Post Office, with the bridge on the right and – just visible on the left – part of the second bandstand. The two figures on the bridge look as if they may be soldiers. The picture was sent by Jane Moore Chapman to her grand-daughter Beryl with a message on the back that indicates it was written in 1922.  

Creator
Date
circa 1920
 
Letter from Hawkes Bay earthquake survivor

Letter from Hawkes Bay earthquake survivor

This letter was written by 'Mag' to family in England, from the evacuation camp at the Showgrounds in Palmerston North. Mag describes the earthquake and the first few days after in detail, the letter culminating after she arrives at the Showgrounds which had been set up to receive survivors. Letter is a copy of original held with family in England. Written on YMCA letterhead paper.

 
Old Council Chambers

Old Council Chambers

The Municipal Chambers, designed by R and W Thorrold-Jaggard replaced the earlier (1905) building on the site, they were opened on 13 June, 1945 and this shot apparently taken in springtime, may be either from earlier in 1945 (since the rooms look unoccupied) or from early 1946 (since the electric clock was not added until later). Thorrold-Jaggard papers, especially volumes III and IV; IV, 12 includes a defence of the Thorrold-Jaggard art deco style of architecture.

 
Ashhurst Post Office Building Centenary

Ashhurst Post Office Building Centenary

On the occasion of the Ashhurst (former) Post Office building's centenary. The building is now used at the town library. In this photograph the Mayor of Palmerston North, Paul Rieger, and the Ashhurst Librarian, Mary Rae Bowling ride in the horse and trap.

 
Old Council Chamber Site (Now Square Edge)

Old Council Chamber Site (Now Square Edge)

On this site, in the southern corner of The Square, beside All Saints Church, the Colonial Bank built at impressive and handsome brick edifice after a fire in 1891 swept through this part of town. That building was purchased by the Council in 1900 for the Public Library but in 1905 the Library was exiled to the corner opposite the Post Office and the Council itself moved in. The 1944 the building was demolished and this photograph (taken from in front of All Saints), looks back past the vacant lot towards the Evening Standard headquarters (1937 remodelled 1975-1976) and shows the site before the new building, now Square Edge, was erected.

 
Interior of Garners Building, Broadway Avenue

Interior of Garners Building, Broadway Avenue

Garners began in The Square, Palmerston North 7 February 1906 with a small drapery business. Three years later Miss M M Garner & Miss H M Garner went into business with her brother Henry they became “Garner and Garner'. In 1930 Keith Garner joined the firm, later becoming its Managing Director. By 1937 Miss May Garner was no longer involved in the business and Garners moved to the old Zealandia Hall site in Broadway Avenue, which was remodelled to suit the business. The building was remodelled again in 1959 and the premises were extended through to Main Street. R and W Thorrold-Jaggard were the architects. Garners were bought out by Smith and Brown in the 1960s. Note the store "The Kash" was operated and run independently by Frank Meredith Garner (brother of Harry). The reason why Misses May and Hilda Garner went into business with Harry was their mother provided the money for the store to be established on condition that Harry worked the store with his sisters May and Hilda as equal partners. Keith Garner was sent to Beaths in Christchurch in 1923 (he was aged 17) where he trained as a draper there. After he qualified he came back to Palmerston North and went to work for his father Harry at Garners.

 
Nga Huruhuru Rangatira public sculpture (detail)

Nga Huruhuru Rangatira public sculpture (detail)

Nga Huruhuru Rangatira, "the feathers of the chief", forms a 6.4-metre high archway on the corner of The Square and Church Street, and is illuminated at night. The stylised giant huia feathers are the creation of Massey University Professor of Maori Visual Arts Robert Jahnke.  It features three feathers on one side, and two on the other, representing a coming together of Maori cultural references and Western knowledge. Cutaway sections on the columns are in the shape of huia.

 
Nga Huruhuru Rangatira public sculpture

Nga Huruhuru Rangatira public sculpture

Nga Huruhuru Rangatira, "the feathers of the chief", forms a 6.4-metre high archway on the corner of The Square and Church Street, and is illuminated at night. The stylised giant huia feathers are the creation of Massey University Professor of Maori Visual Arts Robert Jahnke. It features three feathers on one side, and two on the other, representing a coming together of Maori cultural references and Western knowledge. Cutaway sections on the columns are in the shape of huia.

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