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Plan of conversion of Palmerston North Post Office
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Plan of conversion of Palmerston North Post Office

This building was the first purpose built Post Office in Palmerston North, sited on the corner of The Square and Main Street in 1889. In 1906 when the new Chief Post Office was built the building was first moved back on the site to make way for the new Post Office, and then later was turned to face Main Street. It was used by various Government departments for offices until, in 1988 it was deemed redundant and was offered to the Palmerston North City Council. In 1989 the City Council resited the building to the Esplanade Gardens and it became a cafe. Size of original 710 X 535mm.

 
Regent Theatre Renovations
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Regent Theatre Renovations

The Regent Theatre was built by the Australasian cinema and theatre chain J.C. Williamson Limited. Williamson's began its New Zealand operation in 1926. The theatre, one of several Regents built throughout New Zealand and Australia at this time, was a dual-purpose cinema and theatre. The Melbourne architect Charles Hollinshed was hired to design the building which was completed in 1930 at a cost of £46,000, becoming the largest and most lavish auditorium in the city. It retained its twin functions for much of its life, before falling into relative disuse and eventually closing in 1991. The Palmerston North City Council purchased the building 1993 and began restoration work in 1996. The Regent Theatre is a now rare survivor of the heyday of the theatre/cinema. As the only such venue in Palmerston North to survive to this day, the Regent is of great social importance to the city. The exterior design, and to a much greater degree, interior design are remarkably authentic and rare examples of theatre design in New Zealand, and as such, the Regent is a landmark building in type and style. The exterior is built in the Art Deco style, while the interior is Persian painted plaster ornament. The external symmetry, vertical fins, shallow stylised relief, stepped skyline, and chevron ornament are typical of the Art Deco style. The main entrance, with walls of coloured plaster and travertine, leads into a large barrel-vaulted, double height space, off which there are the entrances to the main performance space. The interior decoration of the theatre is taken directly from Owen Jones' book on design, “Grammar of Ornament.” The auditorium seats 1393 people in a two-tier circle and stalls arrangement (originally it accommodated 1600 guests). Architect, Charles Hollinshed graduated from Sydney University in 1922, one of the first three graduates in architecture in Australia. With A.H. Walkely, Hollinshed practised in Melbourne and the firm specialised in theatre and cinema design. One of their best-known designs was Her Majesty's Theatre, Melbourne (1934). Hollinshed also design Hoyts Limited (with Richard Gailey) the celebrated "Spanish Gothic" Regent Theatre, Brisbane (1929), now demolished.

 
Third floor window of new Palmerston North City Library

Third floor window of new Palmerston North City Library

The City Library was originally constructed as the C M Ross Co. Ltd department store, in The Square in 1928. This window on the third floor, overlooking The Square, was from the original building and was retained when renovating the building as a library, opened 1996. The photograph was taken during renovations

 
Image 1: Royal Chairs
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Royal Chairs

Two high backed wooden frame chairs upholstered with salmon coloured fabric. The chairs were made for the visit to Palmerston North of Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh 7-8 January 1954. They were used by the Royal couple during a Civic Dinner held at the Rosco Tea Rooms on 7 January 1954.

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circa 1953
Place
Palmerston North
 
Page 1: Plan of conversion of Palmerston North Post Office
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Plan of conversion of Palmerston North Post Office

This building was the first purpose built Post Office in Palmerston North, sited on the corner of The Square and Main Street in 1889. In 1906 when the new Chief Post Office was built the building was first moved back on the site to make way for the new Post Office, and then later was turned to face Main Street. It was used by various Government departments for offices until, in 1988 it was deemed redundant and was offered to the Palmerston North City Council. In 1989 the City Council resited the building to the Esplanade Gardens and it became a cafe.

 
Page 1: Plan of conversion of Palmerston North Post Office
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Plan of conversion of Palmerston North Post Office

This building was the first purpose built Post Office in Palmerston North, sited on the corner of The Square and Main Street in 1889. In 1906 when the new Chief Post Office was built the building was first moved back on the site to make way for the new Post Office, and then later was turned to face Main Street. It was used by various Government departments for offices until, in 1988 it was deemed redundant and was offered to the Palmerston North City Council. In 1989 the City Council resited the building to the Esplanade Gardens and it became a cafe. Size of original 710 X 535mm.

 
Image 1: Palmerston North City Council pair of seals with the 'City Crest'

Palmerston North City Council pair of seals with the 'City Crest'

A pair of metal seals, one with reversed engraving and the other a mirror image. This set would have been used in a hand press to generate an impressed image, with the design pressed into the paper or wax. The seals are 65mm across and depict the Palmerston North 'City Crest'. The words around the outside of the seal read 'COMMON SEAL OF THE MAYOR, COUNCILLORS & CITIZENS OF THE CITY OF PALMERSTON NORTH'. This seal would have been used on official and legal documents.

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Date
circa 1930 to circa 1939
Place
Palmerston North
 
Oral Interview - Ken Tremaine

Oral Interview - Ken Tremaine

Ken Tremaine worked for Palmerston North City Council from 1976 - 1994. He was employed as the City Planner and left the organisation as city council development manager. During his 17 years with council he was involved in many of the city's major projects, several of which were his brainchild. Interview of Ken Tremaine about his career at PNCC, conducted by Ian Matheson on 30 December 1993. Interview length: 8 hour, 20 minutes.

 
“Palmerston North: A Model Modern City’ promotion publication 1
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'Palmerston North: A Model Modern City’ promotion publication

A promotional booklet, produced by the Palmerston North City Council. The cover reads, "You Must Come and See Us Too!". Contents include photographs and information about: The Square, the Lakelet, municipal buildings, the Esplanade, the Fitzherbert Bridge, Botanical Gardens, City Library, City Reserves (parks), abbatoir, Awapuni Racecourse, the Fire Station, Bus Service, sport facilities, Ladies Rest building (toilets), Chief Post Office, Railways and State buildings, the Police Station, schools, streets, All Saints Children's Home, Willard Children's Home, Plunket Society Rooms, Women's Division Farmers' Union Rest Home, Churchs and other ecclesiastical buildings, industrial buildings, Palmerston North Hospital, Milson Aerodrome and more. Original publication found in PNCC Archives 1/17/5

 
Plan of the Ladies Rest Room, the Square

Plan of the Ladies Rest Room, the Square

A plan of the "Ladies Conveniences - The Square". This is one of the original architect's plans drawn up by Palmerston North City Council staff for the construction of a new ladies toilets, built on the site of an earlier building from 1918. The Ladies Rest building is in the Art Deco style and remains standing today with some changes. The plan shows front and rear elevations and two longitudinal sections showing some details of the construction. Scale 4 feet to 1 inch.

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Date
July 20, 1936
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