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Black Bridge, Kahuterawa

Black Bridge, Kahuterawa

The original Black Bridge was built by Poole and Klein in 1927, due to the tragic drowning of William F Brown, who tried to cross the river in flood after possum trapping. It is now owned by the Palmerston North City Council and the area is known as the Woodpecker Block.

 
Elm trees in The Square

Elm trees in The Square

This row of elm trees were said to be planted circa 1900, and are among the oldest trees in The Square of Palmerston North. They lie between Main Street and Broadway.

Creator
Date
November 7, 2019
Place
The Square, Palmerston North
 
Elm trees in The Square

Elm trees in The Square

These elm trees were planted circa 1900, and are among the oldest trees in The Square of Palmerston North. They lie between Main Street and Broadway.

Creator
Date
November 7, 2019
Place
The Square, Palmerston North
 
Civic Administration Building

Civic Administration Building

The Palmerston North City Council CAB, that straddles the road between Main Street and The Square. it was opened in 1980 and is an example of Brutalism architecture. The 'rounded' wall in front of the five storeyed building houses Bethany's restaurant and the Council Chamber.

Creator
Date
November 7, 2019
Place
The Square, Palmerston North
 
Corner of Rangitikei Street and The Square

Corner of Rangitikei Street and The Square

Looking across from The Square to the corner of Rangitikei Street. Central is The Hub, an accommodation block, and opposite (to the right) is the former BNZ building.

Creator
Date
November 7, 2019
Place
Corner of Rangitikei Street and The Square
 
Clock tower in The Square

Clock tower in The Square

Looking past the bus car parks in The Square to the clock tower. The clock tower was built in 1955, after a donation by Arthur Hopwood, a local businessman. In front of the clock tower can be seen the war memorial erected in 1926. The Square has undergone substantial changes since the clock tower was constructed.

 
Entrance to the Palmerston North central library

Entrance to the Palmerston North central library

This entrance to the City Library is on The Square. The ramp leads up to the main doors into the library on the Mezzanine Floor. The library was opened in 1996, after the conversion of a former department store in a library. It was first built by the C M Ross Co. Ltd (Roscos) in 1927 to 1928. Athfield Architects were the architects for the library renovation.

 
Gingko tree and plaque in The Square

Gingko tree and plaque in The Square

This Gingko tree was planted in the Square in 1975, with a plaque that reads: "This tree was planted by the people of Palmerston North on 8 November 1975 to celebrate the inauguration of our campaign to create an ideal society. When 5% of our population are practicing the transcendental meditation techniques of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, crime, sickness and unhappiness will disappear and the age of enlightenment will be established. Jai Guru Dev."

Creator
Date
November 7, 2019
Place
The Square, Palmerston North
 
Te Rau Aroha' Maori Battalion Hall /  Te Wananga O Aotearoa, Cuba Street

Te Rau Aroha' Maori Battalion Hall / Te Wananga O Aotearoa, Cuba Street

The Maori Battalion Hall, named 'Te Rau Aroha' (emblem of gratitude), was erected in Palmerston North as a national memorial to the men of the 28th (Maori) Battalion who lost their lives in the Second World War. It was designed by John Scott, architect of Hastings, and the 14 carved panels on the facade (8 feet x 1 foot 6 inches) were carved by Kelly Kereama of Feilding. Inside 639 names of those who did not return are inscribed on 14 brass plates. All the concrete, both inside and out, was left unplastered and with the marks of the boxing to symbolise the strength of the Maori people. The three-storey building was planned as a community centre to serve all races and was opened in June 1964 by the Governor General, Sir Bernard Fergusson. At the time this photo was taken, it served as the Visual Arts school of the Wananga O Aotearoa.

 
Hiroshima commemoration plaque
Golden Totara

Hiroshima commemoration plaque

This plaque, located in The Square beneath this Golden Totara tree, marks the 30th anniversary of the Hiroshima bombing in Japan during World War Two. " May this Golden Totara - a tree of peace - remind us of the nuclear threat around us. Hiroshima Day 6-8-75

 
Construction of Fitzroy Park cycle track

Construction of Fitzroy Park cycle track

Originally a metal pit for New Zealand Railways, this land was purchased by the City Council in 1940 for a park development. The eastern end was developed into a cycle track, sports arena and skating rink between 1951 – 1954. Mitchell Excavators were contracted to do the concrete and forming work of the cycle track. In 1954 the park was renamed Memorial Park when a memorial dedicated to those who died in the two World Wars, was unveiled.

 
Katherine

Katherine

Katherine (surname unknown) from Turakina Maori Girls College, who was attending a Presbyterian Bible Class at Terrace End, organised by the Manawatu District Committee.

 
Electric Power House, Keith Street

Electric Power House, Keith Street

Situated at Terrace End the Power House commenced supplying power to Palmerston North and to the Manawatu-Oroua Electric Power Board in May 1924. The power station operated as the main supply throughout the 1920s and at times in the 1930s, and continued to be used to cut peak demand until the 1990s. It is now home to the Electric Power Station Trust.

 
Mine entrance, Hardings Park

Mine entrance, Hardings Park

One of the mines dug by Alexander Menesdorffer (and others) who sought platinum in the Kahutarawa Valley area from the late 1800s. This is one of the horizontal mines that was dug and now lies in Hardings Park, an area owned by the Palmerston North City Council.

 
Mine entrance, Hardings Park

Mine entrance, Hardings Park

One of the mines dug by Alexander Menesdorffer (and others) who sought platinum in the Kahutarawa Valley area from the late 1800s. This is one of the horizontal mines that was dug and now lies in Hardings Park, an area owned by the Palmerston North City Council.

 
Mine entrance, Hardings Park

Mine entrance, Hardings Park

Entrance to one of the mines dug by Alexander Menesdorffer (and others) who sought platinum in the Kahutarawa Valley area from the late 1800s. This is one of the vertical mines that was dug and now lies in Hardings Park, an area owned by the Palmerston North City Council. The ladder was placed by PNCC.

 
Mine entrance, Hardings Park

Mine entrance, Hardings Park

Entrance to one of the mines dug by Alexander Menesdorffer (and others) who sought platinum in the Kahutarawa Valley area from the late 1800s. This is one of the horizontal mines that was dug and now lies in Hardings Park, an area owned by the Palmerston North City Council.

 
Mine entrance, Hardings Park

Mine entrance, Hardings Park

Looking into one of the mines dug by Alexander Menesdorffer (and others) who sought platinum in the Kahutarawa Valley area from the late 1800s. This is one of the horizontal mines that was dug and now lies in Hardings Park, an area owned by the Palmerston North City Council.

 
Mine entrance, Hardings Park

Mine entrance, Hardings Park

Looking up to the entrance of one of the mines dug by Alexander Menesdorffer (and others) who sought platinum in the Kahutarawa Valley area from the late 1800s. This is one of the vertical mines that was dug and now lies in Hardings Park, an area owned by the Palmerston North City Council. The ladder was placed by PNCC.

 
Entrance to mine, Hardings Park

Entrance to mine, Hardings Park

Entrance to one of the mines dug by Alexander Menesdorffer (and others) who sought platinum in the Kahutarawa Valley area from the late 1800s. This is one of the vertical mines that was dug and now lies in Hardings Park, an area owned by the Palmerston North City Council. The ladder was placed by PNCC.

 
Palmerston North Girls' High School emblem

Palmerston North Girls' High School emblem

Emblem of PNGHS that was stamped on the cover of a book award. The book was 'The Surgeon's Log' by J Johnston Abraham and was awarded to Thelma Pink for "General good work and progress", in December 1925. Semper Sursum is Latin for 'always aim high'.

 
Palmerston North Girls' High School book plate

Palmerston North Girls' High School book plate

Book plate inside a book presented to Thelma Pink, pupil of PNGHS, for 'General good work and progress' in December 1925. Signed by J A Nash M.P., Chairman, Board of Governors. The book was 'The Surgeon's Log' by J Johnston Abraham. ​

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