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Palmerston North early settlers' picnic

Palmerston North early settlers' picnic

Early Settlers' Picnic held on an unidentified sports ground. Features representatives from settler families known in the Foxton, Rangitikei, Rongotea, Oroua and wider Manawatū. Identified personalities: Man, fourth row from front, second from right, in flat cap, holding up hand: Identified as George Richardson Woman, second row from front, fifth from left, in black hat with white decoration: Identified as Catherine Richardson nee Lynch Girl, middle of front row with no adult directly behind her, wearing white dress and white hat with adornment: Identified as Margaret Bickerton, daughter of Frank Bickerton and Lucy Richardson.

 
Victoria Drive, Victoria Esplanade

Victoria Drive, Victoria Esplanade

“Queen Victoria Drive” or Victoria Drive as it is more commonly known was started in c1917 with a rough track being put through from Fitzherbert Avenue to Park Road. In 1919, it was properly laid out and metalled and in c1920 – 1921 was finally tarred and sanded. Many native plants and trees were planted bordering the drive, some which still remain. This photograph shows many residents of the Palmerston North enjoying various modes of transportation - whether on foot, by bicycle and by means of automobile.

 
The Houses of Bernard Cox

The Houses of Bernard Cox

Bernard Cox (1905 - 1970) was a Palmerston North architect. The houses designed by Cox are important as examples of modernism, a major twentieth century movement that revolutionised the way houses are designed and constructed and which expressed the social vision of the mid-twentieth century. This booklet, detailing Cox's life and some of his buildings, was written to accompany an exhibition mounted by the Manawatu Branch of the New Zealand Historic Places Trust.

 
Victory Over Japan celebration parade, The Square

Victory Over Japan celebration parade, The Square

Japan surrendered to the allies of World War II on 15 August. Immediately schools and businesses in Palmerston North were closed and celebrations, many informal, began. A thanksgiving service was held that afternoon, followed by a victory parade the next day. The parade attracted a big turnout of civilians and defence personnel, a flotilla of 130 vehicles of all kinds, and a huge number of spectators lining the streets. The procession began at the Police Station and went around The Square, lead by the Manawatu Scottish Society’s Highland Pipe Band. This float, ‘We Backed Em Up’ featured a forge in operation, and young men, some in Service colours, hammering and working. The parade was followed by community sing-song led from the Band Rotunda.

 
Victory over Japan celebration parade, The Square

Victory over Japan celebration parade, The Square

Japan surrendered to the allies of World War II on 15 August. Immediately schools and businesses in Palmerston North were closed and celebrations, many informal, began. A thanksgiving service was held that afternoon, followed by a victory parade the next day. The parade attracted a big turnout of civilians and defence personnel, a flotilla of 130 vehicles of all kinds, and a huge number of spectators lining the streets. The procession began at the Police Station and went around The Square, lead by the Manawatu Scottish Society’s Highland Pipe Band. The City, Garrison and Salvation Army bands also took part. The parade was followed by community sing-song led from the Band Rotunda.

 
Victory over Japan celebration parade, The Square

Victory over Japan celebration parade, The Square

Japan surrendered to the allies of World War II on 15 August. Immediately schools and businesses in Palmerston North were closed and celebrations, many informal, began. A thanksgiving service was held that afternoon, followed by a victory parade the next day. The parade attracted a big turnout of civilians and defence personnel, a flotilla of 130 vehicles of all kinds, and a huge number of spectators lining the streets. The procession began at the Police Station and went around The Square, lead by the Manawatu Scottish Society’s Highland Pipe Band. The City, Garrison and Salvation Army bands also took part. The parade was followed by community sing-song led from the Band Rotunda.

 
Victory Over Japan celebration parade, Broadway

Victory Over Japan celebration parade, Broadway

Japan surrendered to the allies of World War II on 15 August. Immediately schools and businesses in Palmerston North were closed and celebrations, many informal, began. A thanksgiving service was held that afternoon, followed by a victory parade the next day. The parade attracted a big turnout of civilians and defence personnel, a flotilla of 130 vehicles of all kinds, and a huge number of spectators lining the streets. The procession began at the Police Station and went around The Square, lead by the Manawatu Scottish Society’s Highland Pipe Band.The parade was followed by community sing-song led from the Band Rotunda.

 
Victory Over Japan celebration parade, The Square

Victory Over Japan celebration parade, The Square

Japan surrendered to the allies of World War II on 15 August. Immediately schools and businesses in Palmerston North were closed and celebrations, many informal, began. A thanksgiving service was held that afternoon, followed by a victory parade the next day. The parade attracted a big turnout of civilians and defence personnel, a flotilla of 130 vehicles of all kinds, and a huge number of spectators lining the streets. The procession began at the Police Station and went around The Square, lead by the Manawatu Scottish Society’s Highland Pipe Band. This float, entered by the Chinese community, featured chinese women amongst blossom waving flags. The parade was followed by community sing-song led from the Band Rotunda.

 
Victory Over Japan celebration parade, The Square

Victory Over Japan celebration parade, The Square

Japan surrendered to the allies of World War II on 15 August. Immediately schools and businesses in Palmerston North were closed and celebrations, many informal, began. A thanksgiving service was held that afternoon, followed by a victory parade the next day. The parade attracted a big turnout of civilians and defence personnel, a flotilla of 130 vehicles of all kinds, and a huge number of spectators lining the streets. The procession began at the Police Station and went around The Square, lead by the Manawatu Scottish Society’s Highland Pipe Band.The parade was followed by community sing-song led from the Band Rotunda.

 
Victory over Japan celebration parade, The Square

Victory over Japan celebration parade, The Square

Japan surrendered to the allies of World War II on 15 August. Immediately schools and businesses in Palmerston North were closed and celebrations, many informal, began. A thanksgiving service was held that afternoon, followed by a victory parade the next day. The parade attracted a big turnout of civilians and defence personnel, a flotilla of 130 vehicles of all kinds, and a huge number of spectators lining the streets. The procession began at the Police Station and went around The Square, lead by the Manawatu Scottish Society’s Highland Pipe Band.The parade was followed by community sing-song led from the Band Rotunda.

 
Victory Over Japan celebration parade, The Square

Victory Over Japan celebration parade, The Square

Japan surrendered to the allies of World War II on 15 August. Immediately schools and businesses in Palmerston North were closed and celebrations, many informal, began. A thanksgiving service was held that afternoon, followed by a victory parade the next day. The parade attracted a big turnout of civilians and defence personnel, a flotilla of 130 vehicles of all kinds, and a huge number of spectators lining the streets. The procession began at the Police Station and went around The Square, lead by the Manawatu Scottish Society’s Highland Pipe Band.The parade was followed by community sing-song led from the Band Rotunda.

 
Victory over Japan celebration parade, The Square

Victory over Japan celebration parade, The Square

Japan surrendered to the allies of World War II on 15 August. Immediately schools and businesses in Palmerston North were closed and celebrations, many informal, began. A thanksgiving service was held that afternoon, followed by a victory parade the next day. The parade attracted a big turnout of civilians and defence personnel, a flotilla of 130 vehicles of all kinds, and a huge number of spectators lining the streets. The procession began at the Police Station and went around The Square, lead by the Manawatu Scottish Society’s Highland Pipe Band.The parade was followed by community sing-song led from the Band Rotunda.

 
Cars on Rangitikei Line

Cars on Rangitikei Line

The laying of five chains of concrete road on Rangitikei Line, near the corner of Boundary Road (now Tremaine Avenue). This view looks east with Boundary Road in the background. Members of the Kairanga County Council inspect the newly laid concrete road. The road was laid down by George Craw, an enthusiast for the use of concrete, for the cost of $30.00 per chain. It was the only stretch of concrete road ever constructed in the Manawatu District. Driving the car on the right is Joe Linklater (County Councillor). George Craw is standing alongside the second car from the right (with his left foot on the running board). Man on the motorcycle is Ernst West (son of L G West, architect of Palmerston North).

 
Pupils and Teacher at Himatangi Mill School

Pupils and Teacher at Himatangi Mill School

This photograph shows the students at Himatangi Mill School, which opened in September 1903. Back row from left: Miss Dury (school teacher), Violet Mardon, Cecilia Mardon, Elsie Mardon, girl in front of Elsie and the rest of that row: unknown. Front row sitting from left: Unknown, Arnold Mardon, unknown, Jack Mardon, Wilkie Mardon. Wilkie Mardon died at the age of 22 during World War I and is buried at Port Said, Egypt.

 
Ko Meihana Durie e whaikōrero ana; Palmerston North Centennial meeting

Ko Meihana Durie e whaikōrero ana; Palmerston North Centennial meeting

He hui mō te whakamaumaharatanga o te taenga mai o ngā tauiwi i te tau 1871. I tū te hui i muri i te whakaritenga karakia ki YMCA Stadium. Ko Meihana Durie ko te kaumātua o te iwi Rangitāne me Ngāti Kauwhata. Ko ia hoki e whaikōrero ana. I noho ia ki Aorangi, Feilding. E ai kī a Whaea Mita ko ngā tāngata kua whakaahuatia e whai ake nei. Ko muri o te whare: ko te whānau o Gordon Cruden tāua ko Patricia Cruden, i mua o rātou: ko Sam Mihaere, ko Bill Nepia rāua ko M. Sexton. Ko te nohohanga i mua: ko Kahu Hynes, ko tētahi tamaiti tāne, ko Pīhopa M. Bennett, ko ‘Lassie’ Mihaere, ko Kahu Durie, ko Huia Whakamoe, Ko Whaea Black rāua ko te Mea Black. A meeting during the Centennial Celebrations held after a church service at the YMCA stadium. The speaker is Meihana Durie from Aorangi, Feilding, and kaumātua of Rangitāne and Ngāti Kauwhata. At the back of the room: Gordon Cruden, City Councillor, his wife Patricia and children; in front of the Cruden family: Sam Mihaere City Councillor; Bill Nepia, Teachers' College; M. Sexton, City Councillor. In the front row: Kahu Hynes; a boy; Bishop M. Bennett; ‘Lassie’ Mihaere; Kahu Durie; Huia Whakamoe; Mrs Black; Mayor Black.

 
Makerua Flax Swamp

Makerua Flax Swamp

This is a view of the flax swamp and shows bundles of cut flax being trammed to the Mill. At first a 5 ton locomotive was used to haul the flax trucks, but this proved unsuccessful and so horses were used. The men in the photo were called ‘Trammies” and it was their job to look after the line, trucks and horses. In this photo there are 6 trucks of green leaf and each one is carrying about 1 ton.

 
Flax Cutters in the Makerua Swamp

Flax Cutters in the Makerua Swamp

This photograph shows unidentified flax workers in the Makerua swamp. The Makerua swamp was adjacent to the eastern bank of the Manawatu River and extended from Linton in the north to Shannon in the south. The swamp was 14,000 acres in size and was the largest commercial flax-growing area ever developed in New Zealand. At the peak of its production it was supplying green leaf to 18 flaxmills which employed 600 men.

 
Grading bales of flax

Grading bales of flax

This photograph shows a Hemp Grader examining a hank of fibre pulled out of a bale of flax fibre. A grade was assigned to each bale and this enabled overseas buyer to purchase fibre of a uniform quality. The photograph is thought to have been taken in a Wellington Harbour Board shed.

 
Unloading flax from punts at Foxton

Unloading flax from punts at Foxton

This photograph looks up river from A. King & Co.’s Mills on the riverbank in Harbour Street. There are six Mills in this photograph: 1. “Foxton Mill”, A. King & Co. in left foreground, with flax being unloaded from punt; 2. “Star Mill”, G. Coley in left centre, with tall chimney. The steam launch “Planet” with punt, can be seen unloading flax at the jetty of this mill; 3. “Whitaunui Mill”, J. Rose, in centre background, directly in line with the funnel of steam launch “Planet”; 5. “Kowhai Mill”; 6. “Matipo Mill” is in the far right background, with several buildings showing. These Mills were owned by Bock & Coley.

 
Stacking flax at Miranui Flaxmill, near Shannon

Stacking flax at Miranui Flaxmill, near Shannon

Miranui Flaxmill was owned by A & L Seifert Flaxmilling Company Ltd and opened in 1907. The photograph shows two men building a stack of bleached fibre in the paddocks adjacent to the mill buildings. As the scutching shed is full the Paddockers are stacking the hanks of bleached fibre into a stack about 12-16 feet high. Care was taken that the tails of the hanks faced outwards and the cone-shape of the stack ensured that water would be easily shed. In this way fibre would keep for several months with only the outer hanks becoming discoloured.

 
Henry Berry's Awa Flax Mill at Foxton

Henry Berry's Awa Flax Mill at Foxton

This Mill was situated at the corner of Harbour Street and Union Street, Foxton. The photograph is looking north, with Union Street on the right and Harbour Street in the centre. The building in the foreground is Henry Berry's Awa Mill, established in 1899 by P.J. Hennessey. Berry owned the Mill from about 1908 until 1940. The buildings in the middle distance (behind the horse and cart)are part of Ora Mill (nearest the camera)and the Star Mill, situated in Harbour Street between Union Street and Wharf Street.

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