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A View of Te Marae o Hine / The Square

A View of Te Marae o Hine / 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.

 
Te Marae o Hine / The Square

Te Marae o Hine / 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.

 
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.

 
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.

 
C M Ross Co. Ltd, corner of The Square & Coleman Mall

C M Ross Co. Ltd, corner of The Square & Coleman Mall

The buildings from left to right are: the three C M Ross (Rosco) buildings built ca 1890, 1883 and 1915. All three were demolished in 1927 for the new four storey Rosco Building. The Union Bank of Australia on the corner was built in 1911 and is listed in category 4 of the New Zealand Historic Places Trust register. Further along on the corner of George Street and Coleman Mall can be seen another C M Ross building of 1915. On George Street facing down Coleman Place to The Square is the Palace Theatre, built 1915 on the site occupied by the Manawatu Stables.

 
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.

 
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. The business can be seen just prior to demolition in 1958, to make way for residential growth in the Awapuni area. The Nairn home can be seen in the background.

 
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.

 
Parade to mark the coronation of George VI and Queen Elizabeth

Parade to mark the coronation of George VI and Queen Elizabeth

Palmerston North held celebrations to mark the coronation of King George VI and Queen Elizabeth. The procession started in The Square and was followed by a ceremony performed at the Showgrounds. Here we see returned soliders and other men's and women's groups parading around the corner of Coleman Place and The Square.

 
Rugby game, Palmerston North Showgrounds

Rugby game, Palmerston North Showgrounds

Panorama of a rugby game in play between Te Aute College and Wanganui High School. Shows spectators, grandstands and field. A number of tents have been erected on the Cuba Street side beyond the field. The showgrounds were opened for the first A & P Association Show in 1886 on the site of the first cemetery plot in Palmerston North, and still stand bound by Cuba, Pascal, Waldegrave and Featherston Streets. They were used for rugby/football from 1891.

 
Views of The Square

Views of The Square

Two photographs of The Square in Palmerston North. The top one looks across the railway lines and one quadrant of The Square with the cannon in it. Beyond can be seen Coleman Place, with the Union Bank of Australia on the corner, the Fire Station and bell tower, the Clarendon Hotel on the corner of Rangitikei Street and The Square. Across the corner of Rangitikei Street is the Royal Hotel and shops that run into Broadway. The bottom photograph looks across the same quadrant of The Square from Rangitikei Street corner towards Main Street east. It shows the Bank of Australasia, Bennett’s book shop, situated here 1891 to 1918, and the Chief Post Office.

 
Terrace End residential area

Terrace End residential area

Ruahine Street runs along the bottom of the photograph, with Church Street on the left. Ferguson Street is to the right. Rostrata' maternity home can be seen on the corner of Ruahine and Ferguson Streets at the top left. In the centre of the block can be seen Jensen's Pit, which was then being filled in.

 
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

Fifth photograph, in a series of aerial shots, showing what was to become the Awapuni suburb. Botanical Road runs through the centre of the photograph to the Palmerston North Golf Club Golf . The Manawatu River can be seen in the foreground. 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/ 2051/ 2028/ 2053

 
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. Botanical 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.

 
Women's Hockey Tournament

Women's Hockey Tournament

The Dannevirke women's representative hockey team lined up with other competitors at a tournament, which was probably held in Invercargill. The Dannevirke players are the third team in from left, wearing dark top and skirt. Freda Mary Stewart is seated in the 2nd row, 5th from left and 2nd Dannevirke person. Freda (b. 1908) played representive hockey in Dannevirke prior to her marriage to Thomas Alder Hayes in 1938, and then lived in Palmerston North.

 
Aerial view of Awapuni area

Aerial view of Awapuni area

Third photograph, in a series of aerial shots, showing what was to become the Awapuni suburb of Palmerston North. College Street runs left to right in the foreground of photograph, with Pitama Road running off it, down to the Manawatu River. To the left can be seen part of the Palmerston North Golf Club. 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_2048 / 2028/ 2049/ 2051/ 2052/ 2053

 
Cherry trees in blossom, Victoria Esplanade

Cherry trees in blossom, Victoria Esplanade

Development began on the Victoria Esplanade, named to mark Queen Victoria's 60th jubilee, in 1897. Cherry blossom trees were first planted in the 1920s, and became a feature of the gardens. Hundreds of people came to view them each year when in blossom, and special trains ran from Wellington to bring sightseers.

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