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Emma Finnis and her son, William Aldridge

Emma Finnis and her son, William Aldridge

Emma Finnis, 60 years, and her son William Henry Aldridge. aged 26 years. Emma married William Aldridge in England and they emigrated to Palmerston North c. 1872. William Henry (1876-1964) was the only son and youngest of their 8 children. After William (the elder) died in 1975 Emma married Edwin Finnis. They were the owners of Carnarvon House, 1876 - 1896, which later became the Rangitikei Street Boarding House. William is pictured in his Boer War (South African War) uniform. He married Minnie Port in 1909.

 
Evans Family Collection: Mrs Evans at the Manawatu Cooperative Society shop

Evans Family Collection: Mrs Evans at the Manawatu Cooperative Society shop

A photographic series prepared by the Prime Minister’s Department in 1947 to attract British migrants. The Evans family of 5 Mansford Place, Palmerston North were selected to show the living conditions of a typical New Zealand family. Betty Evans is buying groceries at the College St Co-op shop on the corner of Cook and College St. She is served by Ben Backholm (manager) and an assistant identified as Cliff (?) Entw(h)istle of Keeling St. The Manawatu Cooperative Society operated from 1935-1988, based on British models which returned profits to member shareholders by rebates on purchases. ‘The Co- op’ began with a grocery store in Broadway and developed a chain of grocery and butcher’s shops which operated in most suburbs.

 
"The Centenary of the Rowland Family in New Zealand 1864 - 1964"

"The Centenary of the Rowland Family in New Zealand 1864 - 1964"

David Rowland (d.1914) emigrated to New Zealand from England. He bought land at Tiakitahuna (also known as Jackey Town), in the newly opened up Manawatu area, in 1867. There he married Marara Koroneira, a daughter of the chief of the Tukorehei tribe ( a sub-tribe of Ngati Raukawa,) and they had ten children. This short publication tells the story of the two branches of the family and their children.

 
"Reminiscences of my Mother's Early Life" (Annie Aldridge)

"Reminiscences of my Mother's Early Life" (Annie Aldridge)

Reminiscences of the life of Annie Aldridge (1866 - 1952) as recorded by her son Leslie Aldridge Hanson (1904 - 1981). The recount tells of her early life in England, arriving in Palmerston North c.1872 and early days in the growing town. Annie was one of the daughters of William and Emma Aldridge. William died in 1875 and Emma remarried, to Edwin Finnis.

 
Map of Palmerston North Borough - 1923

Map of Palmerston North Borough - 1923

Map of Palmerston North Borough by H R Farquhar showing streets, landmarks and property sections.

Creator
Date
1923
Place
Palmerston North
 
Certificate of Purchase of Burial Site - 1

Certificate of Purchase of Burial Site

This is an example of the documentation that was sold to those looking to secure a burial plot in Palmerston North. The plot was sold to George H Gaskin of Terrace Street Palmerston North and cost three pounds ten shillings. The Palmerston North Cemetery is now known as Terrace End Cemetery.

Creator
Date
September 14, 1920
 
Palmerston North Facilities Card 1
Palmerston North Facilities Card 2

Palmerston North Facilities Card

This card, created by the Palmerston North Borough Council, contains details about the engineering works and reserves in Palmerston North. There is a photograph of the Municipal Opera House on the front. The Opera House was demolished in 1996. The date this card was created is unknown, but the text mentions a "large new concrete dam ... on the Tiritea Stream," which was opened in 1913.

Creator
Date
1910s
 
Palmerston North Celebrations on Proclamation of City, 1930 1
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Palmerston North Celebrations on Proclamation of City, 1930

N.Z. & Empire Industries Week 17th to 22nd November Free Gift Booklet and Programme of Events No. 4394 From the cover page: "Palmerston North Celebrations to Mark the Rise of Palmerston North to City Status 1930. A Series of Entertaining Events extending from Monday 17th November to Saturday 22nd November. N.Z. & Empire Industries Week. The striking displays in the shop windows of the city are made specially to illustrate the marked progress of Dominion manufactures and the high standard of goods produced throughout the Empirem a rare tribute to John Bull and his family. City Celebrations Week Chairman: His Worship the Mayor, Mr A J Graham Secretary: James R Hardie, Town Clerk Organiser: John Hopkins" This booklet contains a number of advertisements from local businesses, statistical information about Palmerston North and a programme of events for the week.

 
Manawatū Flour Mills Staff

Manawatū Flour Mills Staff

Manawatū Flour Mills staff photograph. Individuals identified by John Ireland, 10 June, 1968: L-R: Les Hemmingsen, L.A. Ferguson, Unknown, Frank Lunn, Unknown (at back), John Reece Cole (front), Jack Barker (with dog), Unknown (front), Miss Barber, Unknown, Horace Ruth, Jack Rogers (back), Len Thorn, Fisher (back), Unknown (back), Unknown (front), Jack Baubery.

Creator
Date
circa 1932
Place
Corner of Albert Street and Broadway Avenue
 
127 Savage Crescent

127 Savage Crescent

The donor's family moved into this house in Savage Crescent on Christmas Eve 1939. This photograph was taken about six months later, with fences and gardens established. Saavge Crescent was developed by the Government as state housing 1937-1944. It remains as an excellent example of early state housing in New Zealand.

 
Bradbury's Illustrated Series No. XI. Manawatu and Rangitikei Districts 1
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Bradbury's Illustrated Series No. XI: Manawatu and Rangitikei Districts

The front of this illustrated guide to the Manawatu and Rangitikei districts reads, Palmerston North, Feilding, Hunterville, Ashhurst, Foxton, Paraparaumu, Waikanae, Plimmerton, Marton, Bulls, Sanson, Shannon, Levin, Otaki, Titahi Bay. Dairying, stock-raising, sheep-farming, flax-milling. Beautiful coastal, river and mountain scenery. Up-to-date road map. Price: 2/6 E. Bradbury & Co. Publishers, 16 Wyndham St, Auckland.

Creator
Date
circa 1925
Place
Manawatū, Kāpiti, Wellington and Rangitikei
 
"Just for Fun" - Who's Who in P.N. 1
"Just for Fun" - Who's Who in P.N. 2"Just for Fun" - Who's Who in P.N. 3"Just for Fun" - Who's Who in P.N. 4"Just for Fun" - Who's Who in P.N. 5"Just for Fun" - Who's Who in P.N. 6+25
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"Just for Fun" - Who's Who in P.N.

"Just for Fun - Personalities at Par - Cartooned and Published by Pat Studio (Regent) - Who's Who in P.N." The inside cover has a hand-written note that reads, "Harold Bryce Clapham once owned this booklet when residing in Palmerston North. He put a name beside each figure. I'm not sure if the figures were known to him or whether it was his wicked sense of humour showing up. As his daughter-in-law I had great respect and affection for Harold. Jean Clapham 9/8/06 Taumarunui"

 
'Scouters Conference' programme

'Scouters Conference' programme

This Scouting conference was held in Palmerston North 31 May to 2 June 1952. The programme contains some promotional information on Palmerston North, as well as the activities that would be undertaken during Queen's Birthday weekend 1952

 
Manawatū Flour Mills
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Manawatū Flour Mills

This building, which housed the Manawatū Flour Mills from 1918 to 1968, was situated on the corner of Broadway Avenue and Albert Street until demolished in 1968. It was the second flourmill on this site, the first being a small wooden building. The business was established by Richter, Nannestad and Co. in 1878 and sold to James McGill of the Manawatū patent Roller Flour Mill Co. in 1902. Seventeen years later it was purchased by John Ireland of The Manawatū Mills Ltd, who sold it on to Farm Products Co-operative Tararua Ltd in 1965.

 
Palmerston North Art Gallery - Maori in Focus Programme 1
Palmerston North Art Gallery - Maori in Focus Programme 2

Palmerston North Art Gallery - Maori in Focus Programme

The Maori in Focus exhibition took place at Palmerston North Art Gallery in March 1970. It showcased photographs taken by Alfred H Burton, James McDonald, L Hinge, W H Davis showing a variety of Maori scenes from the 1880s through to the 1920s.

Creator
Date
March 1970
 
Maori Language Week poster

Maori Language Week poster

"Te Wa O Te Reo Maori. 31 July - 7 August. Maori Language Week". Part of a collection of posters that were displayed in the Public Library in the 1970s - 1980s.

Creator
Date
1980s
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