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).
This image was taken for a story that ran in The Manawatu Evening Standard on 24 November 1958: "The Minister of Education (Mr. Skoglund) officially opened the new Awapuni School on Saturday afternoon. The official party (from left) are: Mr. A.G.E. Stirling, headmaster; Mr. K. McArtney, the secretary of the Wanganui Education Board; Mr. W.B. Tennant, M.P., Mayor of Palmerston North; Mr. Skoglund (standing); Mr. H. Watford, the chairman of the Awapuni School Committee ; Mr. W.H. Brown, the chairman of the Education Board; and Mrs. Tennant and Mrs. Brown."
This image was taken for a story that ran in The Manawatu Evening Standard on 13 October 1958: "Bishop E.J. Rich, assistant to the Primate, dedicated the St. Oswald's Anglican Church in the Takaro district on Saturday. The photograph shows Bishop Rich dedicating the building. With him is Canon Fry. "
The Salvation Army was established in Palmerston North in 1883. This photograph was taken in front of the Salvation Army Barracks, later the site of the Municipal Chambers and now 'Square Edge', Arts and Cultural Centre. Note: the photograph has been printed back to front, as evidenced by the writing on the front of the building.
This image was taken for a story that ran in The Manawatu Evening Standard on 22 October 1958: "With four pipers and two drummers the Palmerston North Intermediate Normal School Band gave the pupils the step for the marching display on Monday. This was the first time the band had played in front of the public."
This image was taken for a story that ran in The Manawatu Evening Standard on 06 October 1958: "Office workers in the city were among the residents who enjoyed today's sunshine, and many found the Square gardens at lunchtime to their liking. Here are seen (from left to right) Misses Mary Patten, Alison Thompson, Norma Simpson, Valmal Longman and Joy Crafield."
This image was taken for a story that ran in The Manawatu Evening Standard on 15 October 1955: [Group of pupils grouped together, waiting to board buses]
This image was taken for a story that ran in The Manawatu Evening Standard on 27 April 1961 "The city ranger, Mr. T.W. Swensson, of 56 Albert Street, has an unusual combination in his backyard -- a cat mothering two bull terrier pups and three kittens. The animals were given to him to be destroyed, but Mr. Swensson changed his mind and now they are one happy family. The pups were born on March 20 and are about six weeks old."
John Cameron, an early settler of Shannon, is depicted here on a family picnic complete with the family dog.
Members of the Monro family having afternoon tea at “CraigLockhart” the residence of Mr and Mrs C J Monro and family, of Fitzherbert West, Palmerston North. From left: Linda Monro, daughter of C J Monro, Phillip MacDonald, brother of Mrs Monro, Mrs C J Monro, nee Helena MacDonald; Jack Monro, son of C J Monro.
This image was taken for a story that ran in The Manawatu Evening Standard on 16 May 1961 "School holidays give children the opportunity to carry out many of their dreams. Two young girls accompanied their farther, a Wellington carrier, to Palmerston North this morning to return an exhibit used at the Industries Fair. The two are seen having a picnic meal."
The group is unidentified.
This picnic spot is near the eastern end of the Manawatu Gorge. The Ballance Bridge in the background was constructed in 1904 and served until 1968 when it was closed and replaced in 1971.
Some of the male staff are dressed for a cricket game. From left: Back row; Unknown, ? Wallace, Manager; Alex Ross, brother of C M Ross. Front row: Unknown; Mr Ovenden, Tailor; Unknown; Vernon Farquhar, Buyer Haberdashery; Unknown; N McPherson, buyer; A H Mills, Buyer; Unknown; Alf Allen, who worked for C M Ross in Palmerston North and later bought out C M Ross’s Levin shop.
On the left Lydia Christensen Dahlstrom,aged 17, later Mrs Sid Burr, and her friend Barbara Fafieta. Barbara's family came from Bohemia in Prussia and settled in James Line.
This image was taken for a story that ran in The Manawatu Evening Standard on 26 June 1958, page 4: "Palmerston North is one of the main centres in the upholstery trade, having over 20 firms operating and supplying furniture all over the North island. Here Mr. D. McDonald is working on a Dover chair."
Many of the people in this photograph are unidentified. Back row: With one of his daughters (probably Cissie or Alice) on his shoulder, Thomas Wilmer McKenzie (third from right). Front row: Mrs Snelson (third from right); Mrs Leah McKenzie (fourth from right).
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.
Mr James Alfred Nash (Mayor of Palmerston North, 1908-1923), can be see slightly left of the centre of the front row, with a baby on his knee. The rest of the party is unidentified.
The side of the truck reads, "W Amey Carrier, Rongotea Phone 36". It is thought that the children are on their way to a Sunday school picnic.
The Rongotea Methodist Bible Class picnic held at Tangimoana. On the right hand side are Jack Darling and Emily Thompson (Hill).
An annual picnic was held for employees of PNBC.
People enjoying an early settlers picnic in the Palmerston North area.
In this photograph, we see the members of the Borough Council and their wives at the annual Mayoral Picnic at Tiritea. The newly built Tiritea Dam was also officially declared open by the Mayoress, who cut the ribbon. After inspecting the dam the party were given afternoon tea. Identified in the photograph are: Mayor J.A. Nash - 6th man from left, second row; His wife, Mayoress Elizabeth Nash is on his left; Councillor Edward John Armstrong is possibly on her left; W.H. Collingwood front row, second from right with the hat with grey ribbon; H Palmer second from left, back row with the bow tie; W. Stubbs 3rd from left, back row in white suit; S Jickell second from left, front row. See also W4 and The Birth of Palmerston North, p 92.In July 1888, the Palmerston North Borough Council accepted a scheme to bring water from the Tiritea Stream to the city at a cost of £18,350. The contractors were Coates and Metcalf of Hamilton. The dam was situated seven miles east of Palmerston North and the water was piped first to a reservoir on Tiritea Hill and then to the city over the Fitzherbert Bridge. A second dam was constructed in 1906-1907 and then was raised in height and re-opened on 17th February 1913, submerging the original dam.The present dam was constructed in 1957. See also 2015P_pic15_006178
Plimmerton beach was a popular destination for the annual Palmerston North Borough Council picnic. Employees wait at the railway station to go (or return) from the day's outing. Identified people: Wisemonski (extreme left); Spillman, Abattoir Manager (4th from left with pipe); Ernie West, Architect (9th from right); Dougal McDowell (far right);
This photograph shows a large family gathering sitting around a picnic blanket laden with food.
Gathering in The Square, Palmerston North, for the annual Butcher's picnic. The cart in front belongs to A Coley, Carrier.
A church group gathers outside for a picnic in Tiakitahuna.
Miss Church – standing at back; Mr R Trow – young man on right with cap; Mrs Donaldson – on right; Two Miss Armstrong’s – on left; Mrs Scoullar – third lady from right; Mrs Oliver – second woman on left.
Watchorn's Ltd were founded in Palmerston North in 1923 as a high quality department store, specialising in crockery, fancy goods and household hardware.