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Caccia Birch House

Caccia Birch House

Caccia Birch House was designed by L. G. West and built for Jacob Nannestad, a sawmiller, in about 1892. After being sold to Jack Strang in 1903 the house was extensively enlarged, both by him and by the New Zealand Government during the time it was leased to them for use as Government House (1908-1910). In 1921 the house was sold to William Caccia Birch. After Caccia Birch's death it was gifted to the NZ Government, in 1941, and was variously used by the army in WWII, as a convalescent home for nurses, and by both Victoria and Massey Universities. The house has been owned by Palmerston North City Council since 1984 and has been restored and renovated as a conference and function centre. It is a Category 1 listed building with the New Zealand Historic Places Trust because of its historical and architectural and community significance.

 
Caccia Birch House

Caccia Birch House

Caccia Birch House was designed by L. G. West and built for Jacob Nannestad, a sawmiller, in about 1892. After being sold to Jack Strang in 1903 the house was extensively enlarged, both by him and by the New Zealand Government during the time it was leased to them for use as Government House (1908-1910). In 1921 the house was sold to William Caccia Birch. After Caccia Birch's death it was gifted to the NZ Government, in 1941, and was variously used by the army in WWII, as a convalescent home for nurses, and by both Victoria and Massey Universities. The house has been owned by Palmerston North City Council since 1984 and has been restored and renovated as a conference and function centre. It is a Category 1 listed building with the New Zealand Historic Places Trust because of its historical and architectural and community significance.

 
Crowds at the 1971 Palmerston North Centennial Jubilee Parade

Crowds at the 1971 Palmerston North Centennial Jubilee Parade

Large crowds of people watch as the floats make their way through The Square for the 1971 Palmerston North Jubilee. Note the children perched in the tree for a better view. 92 floats took part at the Palmerston North City Centennial celebrations of 1971. Approx. 10,000 people were present at the event to celebrate 100 years of Palmerston North.

 
"A.T.C. Personnel off to Christchurch"

"A.T.C. Personnel off to Christchurch"

This image was taken for a story that ran in The Manawatu Evening Standard on 22 October, 1959. "Five members of the Air Training Corps who are guests of the New Zealand Air League leave today for Christchurch and thence to the opening of Wellington Airport. Two are Australians at present visiting New Zealand. From the left are: Sergeant Peter Cornish, R.A.A.F., A.T.C.; Captain Lindsay Savell, No. 10 Squadron A.T.C., Palmerston North; Sergeant Bryan Stretion, No. 10 Squadron A.T.C.; Sergeant John Maaey, of Brisbane, R.A.A.F., A.T.C.; and Captain Neil McNally, No. 10 Squadron A.T.C." The following corrections were provided by Lindsay Savell: \* Only the two Australian A.T.C. visitors traveled to Christchurch. The other three of us did not go anywhere. \* Lindsay Savell rank at the time was 'Corporal', NOT 'Captain'. \* Third from left is Bryan Stretton, 'Sergeant'. \* Neil McNally rank at the time was 'Corporal - NOT 'Captain'. Sergeant Peter Cornish, R.A.A.A.F., A.T.C. was billeted with Lindsay Savell's family in Palmerston North at the time.

 
"Pipers Escort Bridal Car"

"Pipers Escort Bridal Car"

This image was not published in The Manawatu Evening Standard, taken on 25 January, 1964. [Formerly Miss Anne Harris, of Palmerston North, is escorted from All Saints' Church by the Palmerston North Pipe Band. She had been a piper and drum-major in the band. She married Mr Micheal Godfrey, of Wellington.] See also: 2017N_2017-20_018361, 2017N_2017-20_018360, 2017N_2017-20_018363, 2017N_2017-20_018364

 
"Gorge Smash" [Jet Boat Accident]
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"Gorge Smash" [Jet Boat Accident]

This series of images were taken for a story that ran in The Manawatu Evening Standard on 22 September, 1978. The article details a mid-river collision in the Manawatū Gorge during the Manawatū River stage of the 1978 CItizen Watch Jet Boat Marathon. The two boats that collided were Campbell Wilkie's "The Ugly" and Hilton McLachlan's "Ruffian" (with Ross Baker and Charles Hughes as crew). A third boat skippered by Bryan Harvey sustained damage whilst avoiding the collision. The photograph of P. Bayens' boat included in the article was not found with the negatives.

 
"Carnival of the Lake"

"Carnival of the Lake"

This image was not published in The Manawatu Evening Standard, taken on 18 January, 1964. [A crowd enjoys the Palmerston North Carnival of the Lake at Centennial Lake. There are rows of stalls and a ferris wheel in the background.] See also: 2017N_2017-20_018324, 2017N_2017-20_018321, 2017N_2017-20_018325, 2017N_2017-20_018326, 2017N_2017-20_018327, 2017N_2017-20_018328. 2017N_2017-20_018322 was published on 18 January, 1964.

 
"Down He Goes" [Carnival of the Lake]

"Down He Goes" [Carnival of the Lake]

This image was not taken published in The Manawatu Evening Standard, taken on 18 January, 1964. [Royal New Zealand divers test equipment at Centennial Lake for the Palmerston North Carnival of the Lake." See also: 2017N_2017-20_018312, 2017N_2017-20_018313, 2017N_2017-20_018314. 2017N_2017-20_018310 was published on 18 January, 1964.

 
"City Council Sunk By Army"

"City Council Sunk By Army"

This image was not published in The Manawatu Evening Standard, taken on 21 January, 1964. "During the jousting tournament for the "wooden spoon" at the Carnival of the Lake, between Army and the "Kouncil Knights" disaster overtook the City Council crew. Coming in to attack, they turned broadside on and were dealt a mortal blow by Army. A thunderflash, thrown into the water, exploded under the keel and blew a hole in the plates. looking like a submarine diving, the gondola sank in a dignified dive, leaving the crew floundering in the lake. Navy divers and the Army soon salvaged the stricken vessel." See Also: 2017N_2017-20_018340, 2017N_2017-20_018341, 2017N_2017-20_018343, 2017N_2017-20_018344

 
"City Council Sunk By Army"

"City Council Sunk By Army"

This image was not published in The Manawatu Evening Standard, taken on 21 January, 1964. "During the jousting tournament for the "wooden spoon" at the Carnival of the Lake, between Army and the "Kouncil Knights" disaster overtook the City Council crew. Coming in to attack, they turned broadside on and were dealt a mortal blow by Army. A thunderflash, thrown into the water, exploded under the keel and blew a hole in the plates. looking like a submarine diving, the gondola sank in a dignified dive, leaving the crew floundering in the lake. Navy divers and the Army soon salvaged the stricken vessel." See Also: 2017N_2017-20_018340, 2017N_2017-20_018341, 2017N_2017-20_018342, 2017N_2017-20_018344

 
Oral Interview - Ray Carter

Oral Interview - Ray Carter

Ray Martin Carter, QSM, retired from the New Zealand Police force as a Senior Constable. Born in Napier in 1928, he received his education in Palmerston North, and spent his thirty year career in the police force there. In his retirement he managed the police archives of Palmerston North, and wrote the book 'Beyond the Call of Duty: a history of the Palmerston North police district', published in 1988. Interview includes life story, family history and police career, and more specifically: Napier Earthquake, working at Barraud and Abraham, wrestling, Boys High School (mentioning Fred Hollows), Napier Earthquake, running with Harriers and marathons, Second World War years in Palmerston North, attending World Scout Jamboree in France, 1947, working on victims of the Erebus Disaster, massive gang brawl in the Square 1972, book research. Interviewer is Ian Johnston. Interview originally recorded on three cassette tapes. 212 minutes.

 
"Children To Have Temporary Library"

"Children To Have Temporary Library"

This image was taken for a story that ran in The Manawatu Evening Standard on 22nd February 1963. "Preparing books for the temporary children's library, Miss L. Maynard (left) and Miss F. Jewell have a big task ahead of them. They and others will be engaged in moving the children's books to Cross Street at the weekend."

 
"Visiting New Children's Library"

"Visiting New Children's Library"

This image was taken for a story that ran in The Manawatu Evening Standard on 28th February 1963. "Some of the Palmerston North Central Play Centre children who visited the new children's library in Cross Street yesterday. It was the first visit for some, who enrolled as library members, and all were obviously fascinated by the array of books. The centre children will probably pay a weekly visit to the library. Although the room was prepared and painted some weeks ago, the books were taken from the central library shelves, put on trolleys and transported to the new site on Friday and Monday last."

 
"Swimming Champions" Swimmers from Girls' High

"Swimming Champions" Swimmers from Girls' High

This image was taken for a story that ran in The Manawatu Evening Standard on 28th February 1963. "Palmerston North Girls' High pupils who annexed the titles at the school swimming sports: D. Taylor (left, junior champion), L. Morpeth (senior) and S. Bell (intermediate)."

 
"Freyberg High School Prefect"

"Freyberg High School Prefect"

This image was taken for a story that ran in The Manawatu Evening Standard on 23rd February 1963. "Pictured here are the prefects of the Freyberg High School who were presented with their badges by Mr E. Biechynden, the chairman of the High Schools' Board of Governors, yesterday. The school principal (Mr J. M. Print) is seated in the centre of the group. On his right is the head boy prefect (K. Hyde) and on his left the head girl prefect (Moira Woods)."

 
"Spectacles For India Campaign- Large pile of reading glasses"

"Spectacles For India Campaign- Large pile of reading glasses"

This image was taken for a story that ran in The Manawatu Evening Standard on 23rd February 1963. "The Lions Club of Palmerston North, in conjunction with Lions International, is at present holding its campaign for the collection of old, unwanted spectacles. This is to assist in the worldwide Sight Conservation Appeal. Up to this morning, well over 1000 pairs of old spectacles had been donated. Glasses of every possible description, some dating back many years, pinc-nez, lorgnettes and monacles, were included. It is hoped that well over 5000 pairs will eventually come to hand. Even deaf aids have been collected. A novel system of collection has been devised. Local milk vendors have offered their services and are collecting the old spectacles when delivering milk. When the appeal has concluded the spectacles will be graded and dispatched to one of the sight conservation clinics manned by Lions Club members in India."

 
"The Start Of Their Study" [Thai Students]

"The Start Of Their Study" [Thai Students]

This image was taken for a story that ran in The Manawatu Evening Standard on 23rd February 1963. "Yesterday, Massey College was a hive of activity with the enrolment of agricultural students. For these Thai students it will mean over three years of study before they return to their homeland. Many other Colombo Plan students were also busy with their enrolment papers."

 
"Representative Team For NZ Champs" [Swimming]

"Representative Team For NZ Champs" [Swimming]

This image was taken for a story that ran in The Manawatu Evening Standard on 20th February 1963. "Pictured are the Manawatu Swimming Centre's representatives who have been selected to attend the New Zealand swimmming championships to be held at the Newmarket Olympic Pool, Auckland between February 26 and March 2. They are from left: Back row, Mr J. Hogan (manager), K. Stevens (captain), B. Vertongen, I. Burt, K. Gracie. Front row, Misses V. Toye, O. Kirkby, V. Haddon, F. Bell, K. Greer, V. Barnao and Mrs R. Haddon (chaperone)."

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