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Newspaper article regarding the plaque on the Palmerston North Clock Tower

Newspaper article regarding the plaque on the Palmerston North Clock Tower

It was reported in the Manawatu Standard that Local Government Minister, Graham Bassett, commented that Sir Joseph Wards could not have started the town clock originally in 1906, as the clock tower plaque stated. Ian Matheson, City Archivist, 'solved the mystery'. The clock was started by Mrs W T Wood, wife of the Palmerston North Member of Parliament at the time, 9 November 1906. The plaque has since been amended to record this.

 
Letter from the Palmerston North RSA, regarding concerns over the siting the Clock Tower in The Square

Letter from the Palmerston North RSA, regarding concerns over the siting the Clock Tower in The Square

In 1953 Arthur Hopwood gifted the city of Palmerston North £10,000 to build a Clock Tower in The Square to hold the clock and chimes removed from the Post Office after the 1942 earthquake. The Returned Services' Association wrote to the Mayor expressing concern at the choice of the 'band rotunda' site for the erection of the Clock Tower, due to its close proximity to the War Memorial. The Clock Tower was completed in 1957, on the contested site.

 
Letter from A Cranson to Palmerston North City Council regarding charges for maintenance of the Clock Tower

Letter from A Cranson to Palmerston North City Council regarding charges for maintenance of the Clock Tower

Mr A Cranson, watch and clock repairer of 46 The Square, maintained the town clock in the Clock Tower from 1963. In 1970 he wrote to the PNCC, to inform them that he was to raise his weekly charges for maintenance from 75 cents to $2.50 per week. This was agreed to by Council.

 
Letter from Arthur Hopwood regarding his offer to the PNCC of a Clock Tower in the Square

Letter from Arthur Hopwood regarding his offer to the PNCC of a Clock Tower in the Square

In 1953 Arthur Hopwood, of Arthur Hopwood Hardware, gifted the city of Palmerston North £10,000 to build a new tower in The Square, to hold the clock and chimes formerly in the Post Office. He wrote and thanked the Palmerston North City Council for accepting his offer. The Clock Tower was completed in 1957.

 
Reserves Committee recommendation that PNCC approve the Lions Club Christmas project to decorate the Palmerston North Clock Tower

Reserves Committee recommendation that PNCC approve the Lions Club Christmas project to decorate the Palmerston North Clock Tower

In 1968 the Lions Club of Manawatu sought approval to light the Clock Tower in The Square in the form of a Christmas tree, funded by local commercial organisations. The Reserves Committee of the Palmerston North City Council recommended that this be approved.

 
Memo from PNCC Works Directorate regarding repairs and maintenance of Palmerston North Clock Tower

Memo from PNCC Works Directorate regarding repairs and maintenance of Palmerston North Clock Tower

The Clock Tower in The Square was completed in 1957, after Arthur Hopwood gifted £10,000 for its construction. The Works Directorate describes the clock tower structure and the need for urgent maintenance to prevent further deterioration. Sent to P Wehner, Architect, PNCC, from T E French.

 
Letter from the Lions Club of Manawatu regarding a Christmas project to decorate Clock Tower

Letter from the Lions Club of Manawatu regarding a Christmas project to decorate Clock Tower

The Lions Club of Manawatu wrote to the Palmerston North City Council outlining their project to light the Clock Tower in The Square, Palmerston North, in the form of a Christmas tree, and seeking approval to do so. It was heard by the Reserved Committee who recommended its approval to Council.

 
Letter from the Town Clerk, PNCC, regarding the opening of the new Clock Tower in The Square

Letter from the Town Clerk, PNCC, regarding the opening of the new Clock Tower in The Square

In 1953 Arthur Hopwood gifted the city of Palmerston North £10,000 to build a tower in The Square to hold the clock and chimes removed from the Post Office after the 1942 earthquake. It was opened in 1957. In reply to Mr J J Coffey, 5 Ada Street, Palmerston North, suggestion that the Governor General be invited to open the new structure the Council thanked him but said would be a quiet ceremony due to the health of Arthur Hopwood.