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'Totaranui', Manawatu Museum

'Totaranui', Manawatu Museum

This house was built in Fitzroy Street in 1875, making it one of the earliest buildings in the city, and is now situated outside Te Manawa Museum. The timber used in the flooring, wallboards, joints and rafters are of totara and the skirting, architraves and doors are all of Kauri shipped from Auckland. The chimney bricks are stamped with the name Charles Tricklebank the town’s first bricklayer. Built by Peter Manson, the house was gifted to the city in 1970 by the Pascoe family.

 
Kitchen range in 'Totaranui'

Kitchen range in 'Totaranui'

'Totaranui' was built in Fitzroy Street by Peter Manson, a sawmiller, c1875. It is one of the oldest remaining houses in Palmerston North. It was built of locally milled totara and was named 'Totara-nui', meaning large totara, by Manson. It remained the home of the Manson family until about 1903, during which time it was enlarged, and was then used as a rental house until bought by William Pascoe in 1908. The Pascoe family lived in the house until donating it to the city in 1970. Restoration was then undertaken by the Historical Committee of the Palmerston North Centennial Association, and the house now resides as part of the Te Manawa complex.

 
'Kaingahou', 642 Pioneer Highway

'Kaingahou', 642 Pioneer Highway

"Kaingahou" in Palmerston North was built for Ditlev Monrad after he retired from Karere in 1905. He died in 1908. The house was later owned by the Kendall family, Mr R A Swan, Mrs Helen Beckman and Bodil and Gunner Petersen. The 3500 square foot home is built of solid kauri timber.

 
'Kaingahou', 642 Pioneer Highway

'Kaingahou', 642 Pioneer Highway

"Kaingahou" in Palmerston North was built for Ditlev Monrad after he retired from Karere in 1905. He died in 1908. The house was later owned by the Kendall family, Mr R A Swan, Mrs Helen Beckman and Bodil and Gunner Petersen. The 3500 square foot home is built of solid kauri timber.

 
Kitchen range at 'Kaingahou', 642 Pioneer Highway

Kitchen range at 'Kaingahou', 642 Pioneer Highway

"Kaingahou" in Palmerston North was built for Ditlev Monrad after he retired from Karere in 1905. He died in 1908. The house was later owned by the Kendall family, Mr R A Swan, Mrs Helen Beckman and Bodil and Gunner Petersen. The 3500 square foot home is built of solid kauri timber. The range was supplied and built by A D Hopwood, the first hardware merchant in Palmerston North.