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Court House, Main Street

Court House, Main Street

This was the fourth Palmerston North Court House. The first Court House was constructed in 1874, and replaced in 1881. In 1895 a third Court House was built and the second one moved to Church Street for use as the Police Station. The third building was short lived as it burnt down in 1897. This (fourth)Court House remained in use, with additions and alterations, until it was demolished and replaced by a new one, completed in 1988.

 
The Wreck of the Fusilier

The Wreck of the Fusilier

Ingram and Wheatley's book "New Zealand Shipwrecks" relates the story of the "Fusilier", an iron barque of 404 tons net register. She went ashore, between Turakina and Rangitikei Rivers at midday on the 16th January 1884, but no lives were lost. Since 1884, the sand has moved westward and today the remains of the Fusilier are situated behind the first line of sand dunes, about 200 yards from the present high water mark. When this photograph was taken one of the masts was still standing, but by 1965 (when the writer first visited the wreck), this mast had collapsed and was partially buried by sand.

 
Canoeing on Awapuni Lagoon

Canoeing on Awapuni Lagoon

The people in the dugout canoe are probably Mr and Mrs W L Luxford and their daughter, while the people on the bank are Septuagesima Shailer (wife of G W Shailer, photographer) and probably two of the Shailer children, of Palmerston North. Awapuni Lagoon was one of 5 original lagoons in Palmerston North when pakeha first settled. It was drained for settlement of the land.

 
Page 1: Kairanga School class
Page 2: Kairanga School class

Kairanga School class

A class of pupils and teachers at Kairanga School. Kairanga School opened 10 December 1888 and is situated 10km from the centre of Palmerston North city on the corner of Rongotea Road and Kairanga-Bunnythorpe Road

 
First Gasworks, corner of Cook and Main Streets

First Gasworks, corner of Cook and Main Streets

The first gas works in Palmerston North were constructed by John Coates and Co. and consisted of 11 retorts and two gas holders. It was officially opened 23 February 1889. In 1891 the operation was sold to the Palmerston North Gas Company Ltd, who ran the business until 1915 when the Palmerston North Borough Council acquired the Gasworks. The first Gasworks became redundant after the construction of new gas works on Napier Road, which were opened 21 December 1923.

 
Railway viaduct, Ohingaiti

Railway viaduct, Ohingaiti

The railway viaduct just south of Ohingaiti, was constructed c1897 on the line to Mangaweka. The horse-drawn caravan was owned by an Assyrian (Peter? Kerouz), who traded all over the Manawatu and the Horowhenua.

 
Hot air balloon

Hot air balloon

A hot air balloon, ZKFBC, being inflated. Jim Greig, a potter, (shown wearing safety helmet) was the balloonist who took a 2 hour flight over the city the previous week.

Creator
Date
November 13, 1974
Place
Memorial Park, Main Street, Palmerston North
 
Municipal Opera House, Church Street

Municipal Opera House, Church Street

The Municipal Opera House, designed by F J Wilson and built by J Trevor and Sons, was erected for the Palmerston North Borough Council in 1904-1905 and opened 12 July 1905. In 1952 it was condemned unsafe by the Palmerston North City Council and was strengthened and remodelled both inside and out in 1955. It was sold by the PNCC to a businessman in 1996 and demolished.

 
Grasslands and Dairy Research Institute

Grasslands and Dairy Research Institute

Grasslands, a division of DSIR and the Dairy Research Institute, was established in 1935, in Palmerston North because of the excellent growing conditions and the easy access to Massey University. The Dairy Research Institute was established in 1927 as part of the DSIR. It was incorporated in 1947 with the members of the Board of Management becoming the members of the Institute, under the Religious, Educational and Charitable Trust Act of 1908. It is the central Dairy Research organisation in New Zealand. DRI shared facilities and staff with Massey until it opened its own building in 1965.

 
Newly cleared farmland, Wairarapa

Newly cleared farmland, Wairarapa

The photographs in this collection are thought to have been taken in the Forty Mile Bush area of Wairarapa, at Kaiparoro near Mount Bruce. The area was largely settled by Scandinavians who came to Wairarpa in the 1870s to clear the bush. The album from which the photographs come from has been identified as relating to Alfred and Eliza Falkner.

 
Damaged Main Stand, Showgrounds

Damaged Main Stand, Showgrounds

A severe storm which crossed the North Island on 2 February 1936 caused substantial damage in and around Palmerston North, one of the hardest hit towns. Houses lost roofs, chimneys were blown over, the grandstands of the A&P Association, the Awapuni Racecourse and the sportsground were demolished, and a man was killed when he was blown off his roof as he tried to repair it. Manawatu Evening Standard, February 3, 1936: "During the storm on Feb 2, the main grandstand, which faced a southerly direction, was unroofed for its entire length. Pieces of wood and iron sheets were scattered in all directions. Toward the western end of the man stand, part of the roof caved in and lay in tangled and twisted wreckage. The seating suffered comparatively little damage"

 
Restoration of 'Totaranui'

Restoration of 'Totaranui'

'Totaranui' was built c1871 by Peter Manson, a sawmiller, on his farm about where Fitzroy Street in Palmerston North stands. It was probably enlarged by him over the years. In 1906 it was sold and the Pascoe family became residents in 1908 and bought the house c1912. Pascoes lived in the house until donating it the Palmerston North City Council, when it was restored and temporarily sited on the corner of Main Street and The Square during Palmerston North's centennial celebrations. It now stands at Te Manawa, Museum, Art Gallery and Science Centre. It is thought to be the oldest existent house in Palmerston North. This photograph was taken the day prior to Totaranui opening when workers were constructing gardens outside of house.

 
Pahiatua Centennial celebrations

Pahiatua Centennial celebrations

Pahiatua celebrated 100 years as a town 28 February to 7 March 1981. as part of the celebrations people dressed in period costume. From left: Brendon Cater; Nicola Mabey; Meryl Carter; Adena Carter.

 
Power substation in Milson

Power substation in Milson

The Manawatu-Oroua Electric Power Board’s building committee inspect the substation; from L to R: Roger Meads (Engineer-Manager); Murray Macphee; Matt Green and Russell Signal. This substation,in Flygers Line near the corner of Milson Line, has been designed to blend into its residential surroundings. At the time the photograph was taken the substation was not finished and had still to be landscaped.

 
Feilding Railway Station and yards

Feilding Railway Station and yards

Feilding Railway Station was situated on the Palmerston North to Wanganui Line. There was a large goods shed and water-tanks at the station and the local post and telegraph office was on the railway platform. Six trains passed Feilding daily during this period. The locomotive shown is an F class, designed and built in England for the Public Works Department from 1873 - 1921. They were the second biggest locmotive class in New Zealand, but only five served in the North Island, with all five being assigned to Wanganui in 1878.

 
Site of the power house and route of pipe line, Mangahao hydro electric power scheme

Site of the power house and route of pipe line, Mangahao hydro electric power scheme

One of a series taken by Charles Wildbore between 1922 - 1924, recording the construction of the Mangahao electric power scheme. The power house was constructed at the foot of the ridge in the centre distance (to the right of the woooden building on stilts). The route along which the pipe line was constructed can be seen extending from the top of the ridge to the power house site. The Mangahao Power Station is a hydroelectric power station near the town of Shannon, Horowhenua. After being delayed by World War One, access roading and foundation testing was started by late 1919 and the station opened in November 1924. It makes use of Mangahao River, through a series of tunnels and piplines totaling 4.8 kilometers, in the Tararua Ranges. Mangahao Power Station became the power station for Wellington, Horowhenua, Taranaki, Hawkes Bay, and the Wairarapa. As of 2012, it is jointly owned and operated by Todd Energy and King Country Energy.

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