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W. A. Swinbourn

W. A. Swinbourn

William Alexander Swinbourn (c1881-1943) was Headmaster of College Street School from 1924 - 1936. William Swinbourne was born in Waverley. He taught in and was Headmaster of a number of schools until retiring from College Street School in 1936.

 
Lakelet quadrant of The Square

Lakelet quadrant of The Square

A hand coloured photograph of The Square. The cannon was one of two purchased and placed in The Square in 1909, and the Lakelet created in 1909. Behind can be seen the All Saints Church, built 1914 and the Grand Hotel, built 1906.

 
D. W. Low

D. W. Low

Mr D W Low was Headmaster of College Street School from 1904 - 1924. During his teaching career he was prominent in the NZEI, was a City Councillor 1925-1931, a member of the Wanganui Education Board 1926-1928 and A & P Association and a Justice of the Peace. He was also a member of the bowling and golf clubs and an active member of St Andrew's Presbyterian Church.

 
Panorama of The Square

Panorama of The Square

Panorama of The Square in Palmerston North, taken from the Bank of New Zealand. Extends from the corner of Broadway, across to corner of Main Street.

Creator
Date
April 7, 1923
Place
The Square, Palmerston North
 
A E (Gus) Mansford, Mayor of Palmerston North

A E (Gus) Mansford, Mayor of Palmerston North

Gus Mansford in his mayoral robes. He was Palmerston North Mayor 1931 - 1947. Augustus Edward Mansford was born in Nelson c. 1886. He came to Palmerston North in 1907, and began an auctioneering business before becoming an accountant. He was a noted sportsman in his youth. He was awarded the O.B.E. in 1946, and died 13 June 1962. Hand painted portrait. Probably removed from oval frame.

 
Edward Banks

Edward Banks

Painting of Edward Banks. Painted by Anderson of Main Street, Palmerston North. Edward Banks was a brickmaker of Palmerston North. He died in 1906, at 86 years of age, and is buried in Terrace End Cemetery.

 
Panorama of The Square - 1910

Panorama of The Square - 1910

The Square photographed in 5 segments and put together. From left showing the streets that connect with The Square: Church Street; Fitzherbert Avenue; Church Street; Main Street; Coleman Place; Rangitikei Street (obscured by trees). From left, shown in the Square are: 1st quadrant - The Peeti Te Awe Awe statue; 2nd quadrant - observatory, the Laklets, cannon; central quadrant - band rotunda, railway line, Coronation Fountain; 3rd quadrant - duck pond (partly obscured); 4th quadrant - cannon. Photograph taken from the Post Office Clock Tower in 1910.

 
Panorama of The Square - 1910

Panorama of The Square - 1910

A panoramic view in sepia of The Square, taken on a rainy day in five sections from Main Street west. The first section looks across The Square to the Rangitikei Stret corner, flanked by the Clarendon Hotle on the left and the Royal Hotel on the right. The second section looks across The Square to the Broadway corner. The third section looks through to the Chief Post Office. The fourth section looks across the railway line and the band rotunda to the Church Street corner. The fifth section looks towards the Fitzherbert Avenue Corner, flanked by the Occidental Hotel on the right and the Bank of New Zealand on the right.

 
Panorama of Awapuni Racecourse

Panorama of Awapuni Racecourse

The Awapuni Racecourse was the second racecourse in Palmerston North. It was built on a raised area near a group of lagoons. The Racing Club bought 40 hectares and held their opening meeting on Boxing Day 1903, attended by a crowd of 10,000. It was used as a training ground for the main body of the New Zealand Expeditionary Force and later the New Zealand Army Medical Corps headquarters in World War One and used again as a military camp in World War Two.

 
Panorama of The Square - 1913

Panorama of The Square - 1913

The panorama was taken in four sections, probably from the Grand Hotel. The first section looks towards Coleman Place around to Rangitikei Street. The second section shows the central quadrant of The Square with the band rotunda and the railway line running through it. The third section, looking from the Grand Hotel corner, through The Square and down Church Street, shows the Fitzherbert Avenue corner. The fourth section overlooks rooftops towards Fitzherbert Avenue and beyond.

 
Opening of the Lakelet in The Square

Opening of the Lakelet in The Square

The lakelet was the main feature of the last quadrant of The Square to be developed by the Beautifying Society. James Nash, Mayor of Palmerston North, standing centre on the bridge, is opening the Lakelet before a crowd. The Lakelet is shaped as a butterfly, with the 'wings' bisected by a bridge as its body. It is also referred to as the Butterfly Lake.

 
Panorama of The Square from the top of the Grand Hotel - 1923

Panorama of The Square from the top of the Grand Hotel - 1923

Panorama shows The Square when it was divided by roads, into 4 quadrants and a central strip. The foreground part of The Square shows the butterfly lakelet, with the central strip of The Square beyond, which the railway ran through. The road running up the left side of this image leads to Coleman Mall before turning right towards Rangitikei Street (the Bank of New Zealand is visible on the corner) and Broad Street (now Broadway Avenue). The road running from centre bottom of image up is Church Street.

 
The Square

The Square

The Coronation Fountain, built 1902, is in the forefront of this view of the Square. Directly behind can be seen the men's toilets built in 1982, and the central parking precinct. Buildings in the background are the T & G tower on Broadway and the Telecom tower and building on Main Street. Either side of the Main Street corner of The Square can be seen the Post Office (left) and the Palmerston North Public Library.

 
Nairn Family Portrait

Nairn Family Portrait

John Nairn (c1864-1943) came to Palmerston North from the South Island and established his market garden business, Manawatu Vineries, in 1893. The family business largely grew tomatoes, cucumbers and grapes. L-R: Annie Jane Nairn (nee McDowall); Irene May Nairn (their first child born 25 January 1885); John Nairn.

 
Manawatu Vineries glass houses, College Street

Manawatu Vineries glass houses, College Street

John Nairn established his market garden business at the end of College Street, as it was then, in 1893. In all, seven glass houses and other buildings were built over the years. The family business largely grew tomatoes, cucumbers and grapes. These three glass houses measured respectively 100ft by 28ft, 78ft by 28ft and 153ft by 26ft, and were claimed to be the most substantially built structures for commercial growing throughout Australasia. High pressure artesian water tanks imported from England are shown at the rear of the buildings. The business was demolished in 1958, to make way for residential growth in the Awapuni area.

 
Aerial view of Awapuni area

Aerial view of Awapuni area

Sixth photograph, in a series of aerial shots, showing what was to become the Awapuni suburb. Savage Crescent is clearly visible, with the Palmerston North Golf Club between it and the Manawatu River. Botanical Road, to the left, and Cook Street, to the right, can be seen. In 1964the Palmerston North City Council acquired the Golf Club for residential development and the Club relocated to the end of Brightwater Terrace. See also 2008P_OSP_STR_2049 / 2050/ 2051/ 2052/ 2028

 
Aerial view of Awapuni area

Aerial view of Awapuni area

Fourth photograph, in a series of aerial shots, showing what was to become the Awapuni suburb. Botannical Road runs down the right of the photograph, and the end of the Palmerston North Golf Club can be seen. In 1964 the Palmerston North City Council acquired the Golf Club for residential development and the Club relocated to the end of Brightwater Terrace. See also 2008P_OSP_STR_2049 / 2050/ 2028/ 2052/ 2053.

 
Aerial view of Awapuni

Aerial view of Awapuni

An aerial view of Awapuni area, showing the Esplanade at bottom left, the Palmerston North Golf Club and the distinctive layout of Savage Crescent, the state housing complex developed 1936-1944. In 1964 the Golf Club, formed in 1930, was acquired by the PNCC for residential housing, Awatapu College and the Lido complex, and the Club relocated to Brightwater Terrace.

 
C M Ross Co. Ltd lit up for their 50th jubilee, The Square

C M Ross Co. Ltd lit up for their 50th jubilee, The Square

In July 1933 C.M. Ross celebrated their 50th Jubilee. The company, begun by Charles Ross in 1883, grew into one of the foremost department stores in Palmerston North. The Jubilee celebrations included a month-long sale, a Jubilee concert and a 5 tier cake was cut in an afternoon function at their tearooms on 6 July 1933.

 
A view of The Square

A view of The Square

Looking across The Square to the Grand Hotel, built 1906. To the left can be seen the Occidental Hotel opposite the Bank of New Zealand, on the corner of Fitzherbert Avenue. In the foreground can be seen the statue of Te Peeti Te Awe Awe erected in 1907, and behind, the observatory and cannon before the Lakelets were constructed and opened in 1909. To the right is the Band rotunda, situated in the centre of The Square.

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