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Broadway Avenue from The Square

Broadway Avenue from The Square

Looking down Broadway from The Square, showing the Australia and New Zealand Bank, with the T&G Mutual Life Society building behind.

Creator
Date
1960s
Place
Broadway, Palmerston North
 
Railway yards, Main Street

Railway yards, Main Street

Railway yards in Main Street, Palmerston North, just prior to their closure when the lines were diverted to the edge of the city.

Creator
Date
1960s
Place
Main Street, Palmerston North
 
Train going through The Square

Train going through The Square

A passsenger train travelling through The Square, at the corner of Main Street. Beyond can be seen the Commercial Hotel on the corner, and the corner of The Square gardens. Not long after this image was taken the railway was diverted from The Square to the edge of the city, and the railway lines were removed.

Creator
Date
1960s
Place
Corner of Main Street and The Square
 
Butterfly lakelet in The Square

Butterfly lakelet in The Square

A boy posing in front of the Butterfly Lakelet in The Square, and beyond to the corner of Fitzherbert Avenue. At centre, on the corner of Fitzherbert Avenue can be seen the Municipal Library of the time.

Creator
Date
1960s
Place
The Square, Palmerston North
 
Church Street buildings near The Square

Church Street buildings near The Square

Looking down towards the corner of The Square, showing: Palmerston North Council administration building (now Square Edge); All Saints Church; Justice and Edmunds Ltd

Creator
Date
1960s
Place
Church Street, Palmerston North
 
Coleman Mall

Coleman Mall

Looking down Coleman Mall to George Street, showing businesses: Mayfair movie theatre); 2ZA (radio station); Hallensteins (now Youth Space); Midland Hotel; Harrisons (nurserymen); Fox Stationels (booksellers and newsagents); Cameo Florists

 
Rangitikei Street

Rangitikei Street

Looking down Rangitikei Street in the direction of The Square, taken from near the Maire Street corner.

 
Palmerston North railway yards

Palmerston North railway yards

The railway yards between Main Street and Church Street, prior to their move to edge of Palmerston North, off Tremaine Avenue, in the 1960s.

Creator
Date
1960s
Place
Main Street, Palmerston North
 
Campbell Street

Campbell Street

Four Palmerston North Architects operated a renovation advice service as part of the Palmerston North City Council’s Community and Housing Improvement Programme (CHIPS) in Campbell Street. The architects involved were David Chapple, Brian Elliot, Eion Davidson and Jack Cantlon. Shown here are Brian Elliott (left) and David Chapple looking at the improvement plan.

 
"Snapshots of Palmerston North and events"
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"Snapshots of Palmerston North and events"

Photographs taken around the city of Palmerston North by local resident, John Cromie. Includes: vintage cars (1992); moving house (1985); opening of new [Fitzherbert] bridge (1987); old and new rubbish collections; Lion Brewery (1992); power lines; trees in Fitzherbert Avenue (1997); Carncot School (1998); Manawatū River in flood (2004); Terrace End old shops and new (2011); river walk (and surroundings 2011); Centennial Drive; Spring flowers (2011); new street signs (for Rugby World Cup 2011); election 2011; art in parks and city 92011 - 2012); cycle races (2012); slips in (Manawatū) Gorge (2012); new steps Atawhai Road (2011); Library (old and new mobile 2013); Shell Petrol 2012-2013); Atawhai Road development (2018).

 
Central School

Central School

There were four main incarnations of Central School - The Original School (corner of Main and Princess Streets, 1872-1890), Campbell Street School (1890-1922), Central School (Featherston Street, built 1922), Central Normal School (became a practice school for teachers college students in 1956). The second storey of this building was removed in 1931 after the Napier earthquake.

 
A view of Rangitikei Street from the Square

A view of Rangitikei Street from the Square

The back of this post card contains a message dated 22 February 1910 and is addressed to the McLennan family of "Naumail", College Street Palmerston North. The donor was a descendant of this family. On the far right is the two-storey wooden Royal Hotel, situated on the corner of The Square (pat section 110), but also having a large frontage to Rangitikei Street. Alongside the hotel is a two-storey brick building and then comes the Phoenix Hotel on the corners of King and Rangitikei Streets. This two storey building was replaced in 1911 by the concrete Hotel Imperial, which was demolished in 1971 to make way for the Commercial Union building. On the north side of King Street is the small wooden auction mart of Harry Palmer and Co. The next building is the two-storey brick "Dawick's Buffet" (once home to the Royal Hotel after it relocated off of The Square). Alongside this building (on the corner of Queen Street) was Adam Burges' agricultural implement factory. In the north side of Queen Street (part of section 114) is Mounsey's auction mart.

 
Damaged Main Stand, Showgrounds

Damaged Main Stand, Showgrounds

A severe storm which crossed the North Island on 2 February 1936 caused substantial damage in and around Palmerston North, one of the hardest hit towns. Houses lost roofs, chimneys were blown over, the grandstands of the A&P Association, the Awapuni Racecourse and the sportsground were demolished, and a man was killed when he was blown off his roof as he tried to repair it. Manawatu Evening Standard, February 3, 1936: "During the storm on Feb 2, the main grandstand, which faced a southerly direction, was unroofed for its entire length. Pieces of wood and iron sheets were scattered in all directions. Toward the western end of the man stand, part of the roof caved in and lay in tangled and twisted wreckage. The seating suffered comparatively little damage"

 
Storm Damaged Main Stand, Awapuni Racecourse

Storm Damaged Main Stand, Awapuni Racecourse

A severe storm which crossed the North Island on 2 February 1936 caused substantial damage in and around Palmerston North, one of the hardest hit towns. Houses lost roofs, chimneys were blown over, the grandstands of the A&P Association, the Awapuni Racecourse and the sportsground were demolished, and a man was killed when he was blown off his roof as he tried to repair it. This photograph shows the damage to the Main Stand at Awapuni Racecourse. The Manawatu Evening Standard (3/02/1936) described the aftermath: "During the storm on Feb 2, the main grandstand, which faced a southerly direction, was unroofed for its entire length. Pieces of wood and iron sheets were scattered in all directions. Toward the western end of the man stand, part of the roof caved in and lay in tangled and twisted wreckage. The seating suffered comparatively little damage"

 
Palace Theatre

Palace Theatre

The Palace Theatre was built in 1915 on the site once occupied by the Manawatu Stables. The Palace continued operation until 9 February 1935 when the theatre was badly gutted by fire. It was not until 1936 that the theatre reopened after extensive work was done. The front veranda roof decorations and much of the interior woodwork was replaced at this time. Palmerston Amusements Ltd owned the theatre at the time of the fire. They had planned to open a new 1300 seat theatre in its place, but this never eventuated. Instead, the newly refurbished building reopened as The Mayfair. The Mayfair became part of the Kerridge Odeon Corporation in 1946 and continued until 1965 when it was closed for a modernisation works. The theatre reopened later in 1965 as The Odeon, the name it held until the building's demolition in 1992. Harvey Norman now stands in its place next to the junction of Coleman Mall and George Street.

 
Funeral of Kerei Te Panau

Funeral of Kerei Te Panau

Published image of the group who attended the funeral of Kerei Te Panau at Terrace End Cemetery. Kerei Te Panau was a prominent Palmerston North Maori. Image from the Auckland Weekly.

Creator
Date
November 1908
Place
Terrace End Cemetery, Palmerston North
 
Funeral of Kerei Te Panau

Funeral of Kerei Te Panau

Published image of the group of the funeral of Kerei Te Panau at Terrace End Cemetery. Kerei Te Panau was a prominent Palmerston North Maori. Image from the Auckland Weekly.

Creator
Date
November 1908
Place
Palmerston North
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