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Edison electric trucks outside Rongotea Co-operative Dairy Company Ltd

Edison electric trucks outside Rongotea Co-operative Dairy Company Ltd

The Rongotea Dairy factory was established in 1895. The battery driven electric trucks were operated by the Rongotea Co-op Diary Co Ltd 1918-1925, when it began the collection of home separated cream for butter making, instead of receiving whole milk delivered by the farmers. The factory brands of butter were marketed under “Milkmaid’ and ‘Makino’ and all output was sent to Messrs Collet & Co of Cardiff, Wales for sale.

 
Armaghdown Motors car dealership

Armaghdown Motors car dealership

Armaghdown Motors sold new and used cars, as well as trucks and tractors, at 11 Princess Street. This area of the business advertised and sold Morris cars. Fowler Motors stood at 9 Princess Street.

 
Public Library, corner of The Square and Fitzherbert Avenue

Public Library, corner of The Square and Fitzherbert Avenue

This public library was the first purpose built building for Palmerston North. It was built in 1929 and served as the Municipal Library until the opening of a new library on the corner of The Square and Main Street in 1965. This image shows the first floor library area. Shops operated on the ground floor, at street level.

Creator
Date
circa 1963
Place
Corner of The Square and Fitzherbert Avenue
 
Businesses in The Square

Businesses in The Square

Businesses on Church Street east side of The Square. From right: Strand Building; Unknown; Manawatu-Oroua Electric Power Board; Pegdens; PDC; Club Hotel. And beyond to St Andrew's Church and the Opera House, either side of Ashley Street.

 
Paddling Pool, Victoria Esplanade

Paddling Pool, Victoria Esplanade

Shown here is the paddling pool in the Esplanade, paid for by the Returned Servicemen’s Association and presented to the children of Palmerston North in 1937. The paddling pool was presented to the children of Palmerston North by the local Returned Servicemen's Association branch, in 1937. It was built in the shape of an RSA badge, with art deco features.

 
Glass house Esplanade

Glass house Esplanade

A view of flowers in one of the glass houses at the Victoria Esplanade Gardens.

Creator
Date
June 1, 1967
Place
Victoria Esplanade, Palmerston North
 
"New Machine For Use In Esplanade"

"New Machine For Use In Esplanade"

This image was taken for a story that ran in the Manawatu Evening Standard on 08 April 1963, "Workmen of the parks and reserves department of the Palmerston City Council were using a new machine in the Esplanade this morning. The equipment consists of a power unit which drives a roto-bit cutting head on the end of a long boom. The work of pruning the palm trees was reduced to minutes instead of days. A spokesman from the department said that many man hours would be saved by the use of the new machine. It was capable of pruning quite large branches in seconds and no step ladders were required."

 
Phoenix Palms, Victoria Esplanade

Phoenix Palms, Victoria Esplanade

These palm trees were planted in the mid 1930's. The Victoria Esplanade underwent a variety of improvements under Peter Black, the Curator of Reserves from 1908-1946. These included various footpaths, Victoria Drive, mass plantings (notably of the cherry trees and phoenix palms), the creation of a pergola, a tea kiosk, the RSA paddling pool and a begonia hothouse (now known as the “Peter Black Conservatory”).

 
Cherry Blossom, Victoria Esplanade

Cherry Blossom, Victoria Esplanade

Development began on the Victoria Esplanade in Palmerston North, named to mark Queen Victoria's 60th jubilee, in 1897. Cherry blossom trees were first planted in the 1920s, and became a feature of the gardens. Hundreds of people came to view them each year when in blossom and special trains ran from Wellington to bring sightseers.

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