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Band rotunda, The Square

Band rotunda, The Square

Postcard of the band rotunda that was in The Square of Palmerston North. Beyond can be seen the Chief Post Office on the corner of Main Street.

 
Palmerston North City Council Officers and Councillors

Palmerston North City Council Officers and Councillors

From left. Back Row: H J Smith, Traffic Manager; A M Spilman, Abattoir Manager; P Black, City Curator. Second Row: J R Hardie, Town Clerk, Cr A A Langley; Cr J T J Heatley; Cr J J Stevenson; J W Muir, Electrical Engineer; J Learmonth, Gas Manager. Front Row: CR W B Tennent; C R W B Cameron; CR G Tremaine, Deputy Mayor; His Worship the Mayor, A W Mansford, Esq; Cr R L C Aitchison; Cr J Hodgens, M.P., Cr W Mouldey.

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Date
1935 to 1938
Place
Palmerston North
 
Kate Watchorn's Grave

Kate Watchorn's Grave

Kate Watchorn was the wife of John Samuel Watchorn, draper of Palmerston North. She died on the 23rd of April 1915 and was buried in Plot 33, Block 17 at Terrace End Cemetery. Her obituary in the Manawatu Times for 4 April 1915 read, "OBITUARY. MRS. J. S. WATCHORN. The many friends of Mrs J. S. Watchorn will sincerely regret to hear of her death which occurred yesterday, after a long illness, during which she underwent three operations, the last on Tuesday of this week. All the best medical skill was unavailing to ensure recovery. The deepest sympathy will be extended to the bereaved husband and family. The deceased lady was highly esteemed by a large circle of friends in this district where she had been resident for thirty years. She was a daughter of Mrs Duncan Sinclair, and leaves two sons, Geoffrey and Nevill, and one daughter, Connie. The funeral will leave the residence, 37 Church Street East, at 3 o'clock to-morrow afternoon."

 
Dr. Rockstrow

Dr. Rockstrow

Foxton doctor who visited Palmerston North until Marriner, the first resident doctor, arrived. He later shifted to Palmerston North, where he died in 1913. See GC Peterson, Palmerston North: A Centennial History, p 105 and 139.

 
Allan Bryan Lockie

Allan Bryan Lockie

Mr Lockie was associated with the Sunbeam Corporation (formerly Ralta).

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'Woodhey',  Te Awe Awe Street

'Woodhey', Te Awe Awe Street

This photograph is taken from the south bank of the Hokowhitu Lagoon which is seen in the foreground. Built for Jacob Nannestad, a sawmiller, the house was bought by John Henderson Pollock Strang in 1903. In 1921 it was sold to William Caccia Birch. It remained in the Caccia Birch family until gifted to the Government in 1941. After various uses it was eventually given to the Palmerston North City Council and now called Caccia Birch and serves as a function centre

 
Part of the Square, Palmerston North

Part of the Square, Palmerston North

In the foreground can be seen the Peeti Te Awe Awe statue. Peeti Te Awe Awe (c1820-1884) was a chief of the Rangitāne tribe, and was involved with negotiations and the sale of Maori Land for the opening up of the Manawatu for pakeha settlement. This marble statue was installed in The Square in 1907. The buildings in this photograph are, from left: The Club Hotel; The P.D.C. (built in 1930, current location of the Plaza shopping centre); Pegden's furniture shop; Manawatu Oroua Electricity Board HQ; Foote Brothers (drapers); The Strand Building.

 
Mayoral picnic

Mayoral picnic

An annual picnic, known as the Mayoral picnic, was organised by the Palmerston North Borough Council. James Nash, Mayor 1908 - 1923, is seated with his wife in the second row, fourth and fifth from right. Nash has a child on his knee.

 
Interior of Garners department store, Broadway

Interior of Garners department store, Broadway

Henry Garner opened a drapery store in 1906 under the name ‘Kash’, with the first premises being in The Square and later, Cuba Street. In 1937 the store moved to a new building in Broadway, on the former Zealandia Hall site. In the 1960s the store became a subsidiary of Smith & Brown [later Smith City] and in 1988 it shifted to Linton Street. The business closed in 1990.

 
Snow in the Square

Snow in the Square

A scene of The Square as snow is falling, looking towards the Bank of Australasia on the corner of The Square and Broadway. The photographer was Albert Zeinert, a local man who lived in College Street and worked in Hansell's Delicatessen on Broadway. He was interested in photography.

 
Rose Gardens in the Square

Rose Gardens in the Square

The buildings behind are the PDC (first opened 1915 as the Premier Drapery Company, now the site of the Plaza). The present building was constructed in 1930. The Harley Davidson garage is in the old Nash building - later the building housed the Manawatu-Oroua Electric Power Board)

 
Unidentified Young Woman

Unidentified Young Woman

A print of this image was created from the original glass plate in 1970, for the centenary celebrations of Palmerston North. It was displayed in the public library and elsewhere, in the hope that someone could identify the young woman. Unfortunately, no solid information was found. The backdrop and prop in this photograph would indicate that the portrait was taken in Mr Shailer's photographic studio in Main Street, Palmerston North.

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