Looking down Broadway from The Square, showing the Australia and New Zealand Bank, with the T&G Mutual Life Society building behind.
Railway yards in Main Street, Palmerston North, just prior to their closure when the lines were diverted to the edge of the city.
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.
The Esplanade is on Fitzherbert Avenue, near the Manawatū River.
An unidentified building in a newly developing area.
Looking down from the Broadway end of The Square, past the Main Street corner to the the PDC department store on Church Street.
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.
Looking down towards the corner of The Square, showing: Palmerston North Council administration building (now Square Edge); All Saints Church; Justice and Edmunds Ltd
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
Looking down Rangitikei Street in the direction of The Square, taken from near the Maire Street corner.
The railway yards between Main Street and Church Street, prior to their move to edge of Palmerston North, off Tremaine Avenue, in the 1960s.
Milne and Choyce bought the former C M Ross department store in The Square, in 1959. They sold to the D.I.C. in 1966. This building now houses the Palmerston North Central Library.
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.
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).
Arthur Koehler was born in Palmerston North to a German father and Danish mother. In 1917, he is listed on his military record as living and working in Gisborne. He is shown here stumping with a jack.
This photograph shows the Fitzherbert East Creamery, later extended to form the dairy factory. See Fitzherbert East Aokautere School and District 1889-1989, p. 30.
This photograph shows pupils and teachers at Mauriceville West School in the Wairarapa.
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.
This sportsground was first owned by the Manawatu Sporting Association. It was later bought by the Borough Council.
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.
This photograph shows Mr William Hurst's Federal Knight Truck stuck on the bed of the Oroua River. Mr Hurst used to fit his truck with seats and canopy and taken groups to picnics and to Palmerston North for special occasions.
The polo ground was situated alongside the golf course at Hokowhitu. This photograph looks eastward and the terrace of the Fitzherbert side of the Manawatu River can be seen in the background. This section of land is now part of the Manawatu Riverside Walkway.
Mrs Clarke's Transport Depot was located in Douglas Square, Rongotea. This business was later sold to N.I.W. Brown and Company Ltd.
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"
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"
Mr Hurst used to fit his truck with seats and canopy and taken groups like this one to picnics and to Palmerston North for special occasions.
This photograph shows a boxing match in progress. The fighters are Maurice Strickland (NZ, winner) and Alabama Kid (USA, born Clarence Oland Reeves in 1914), and the referee is local ex-champion boxer Geoffrey Watchorn.
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.
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.
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.