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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.

 
Bush fellers and camp site, Wairarapa

Bush fellers and camp site, Wairarapa

Bushfellers at their tent site in the forest. 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 Wairarapa in the 1870s to clear the bush. The album from which they come has been identified as relating to Alfred and Eliza Falkner. See 2010N\_Eke3\_3512 for the same camp site.

 
Men arriving back to their bush camp, Wairarapa

Men arriving back to their bush camp, 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 unidentified men and dogs are returning to their tent camp. The album from which they come has been identified as relating to Alfred and Eliza Falkner.

 
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.

 
Campbell Street

Campbell Street

Four Palmerston North Architects operated a renovation advice service as part of the Palmerston North City Council’s Community and Housing Improvement Programme (CHIPS) in Campbell Street. The architects involved were David Chapple, Brian Elliot, Eion Davidson and Jack Cantlon. Shown here are Brian Elliott (left) and David Chapple looking at the improvement plan.

 
Central School

Central School

There were four main incarnations of Central School - The Original School (corner of Main and Princess Streets, 1872-1890), Campbell Street School (1890-1922), Central School (Featherston Street, built 1922), Central Normal School (became a practice school for teachers college students in 1956). The second storey of this building was removed in 1931 after the Napier earthquake.

 
A view of Rangitikei Street from the Square

A view of Rangitikei Street from the Square

The back of this post card contains a message dated 22 February 1910 and is addressed to the McLennan family of "Naumail", College Street Palmerston North. The donor was a descendant of this family. On the far right is the two-storey wooden Royal Hotel, situated on the corner of The Square (pat section 110), but also having a large frontage to Rangitikei Street. Alongside the hotel is a two-storey brick building and then comes the Phoenix Hotel on the corners of King and Rangitikei Streets. This two storey building was replaced in 1911 by the concrete Hotel Imperial, which was demolished in 1971 to make way for the Commercial Union building. On the north side of King Street is the small wooden auction mart of Harry Palmer and Co. The next building is the two-storey brick "Dawick's Buffet" (once home to the Royal Hotel after it relocated off of The Square). Alongside this building (on the corner of Queen Street) was Adam Burges' agricultural implement factory. In the north side of Queen Street (part of section 114) is Mounsey's auction mart.

 
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"

 
Storm Damaged Main Stand, Awapuni Racecourse

Storm Damaged Main Stand, Awapuni Racecourse

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. This photograph shows the damage to the Main Stand at Awapuni Racecourse. The Manawatu Evening Standard (3/02/1936) described the aftermath: "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"

 
Palace Theatre

Palace Theatre

The Palace Theatre was built in 1915 on the site once occupied by the Manawatu Stables. The Palace continued operation until 9 February 1935 when the theatre was badly gutted by fire. It was not until 1936 that the theatre reopened after extensive work was done. The front veranda roof decorations and much of the interior woodwork was replaced at this time. Palmerston Amusements Ltd owned the theatre at the time of the fire. They had planned to open a new 1300 seat theatre in its place, but this never eventuated. Instead, the newly refurbished building reopened as The Mayfair. The Mayfair became part of the Kerridge Odeon Corporation in 1946 and continued until 1965 when it was closed for a modernisation works. The theatre reopened later in 1965 as The Odeon, the name it held until the building's demolition in 1992. Harvey Norman now stands in its place next to the junction of Coleman Mall and George Street.

 
Knight and Day Cash Providers on Rangitikei Street

Knight and Day Cash Providers on Rangitikei Street

This photograph, taken from the corner of Featherston Street looking down Rangitikei Street towards The Square, was published in the Times newspaper on 18 November, 1925 p 5. Woolworths Supermarket used to stand on the site occupied by Knight and Day Groceries in this photograph (part of section 276).

 
Takaro Bowling, Tennis and Bowling Club, Featherston Street

Takaro Bowling, Tennis and Bowling Club, Featherston Street

This photograph shows a man standing on the green of the Takaro Bowling Club. The clubhouse is visible in the background. The lawns and bowling greens in Featherston Street were laid down in 1922, around the same time that the Club was formed. Play began there in 1923. The first officers were elected as follows: Mr. H. B. 'Free (President); Messrs. K. Mac Donald, A. Clarke, and G. H. Trott (vice-presidents); Mr. E. J. Hambling (secretary); Mr. W. Mundy (treasurer); Mrs. A. D. Campbell and Mr. W. J. Robertson (croquet committee), Mrs. H. B. Free and Mr. O. Roe (tennis committee), Messrs. J. Brown and A. Cooksley (bowling committee); Mr. T. B. Arlidge (auditor).

 
Stereoscopic View: Post Office, Palmerston North

Stereoscopic View: Post Office, Palmerston North

This stereoscopic image was taken in the first years after the opening of the new Palmerston North Post Office in 1906. It was built on the site of previous one, on the corner of Main Street and The Square. The building was later extended along Main Street, and the tower was removed after the 1942 Wairarapa earthquake, as it was considered unsafe. The clock and chimes were put into storage until reinstated in a clock tower in The Square, which was completed in 1957. The Post Office building is now used as a restaurant and bar.

 
Retails Stores along the North Side of The Square

Retails Stores along the North Side of The Square

This photograph shows the section of The Square next to Broadway Avenue. From left: The New Zealand Clothing Factory; ?; "Boots and Shoes" - a store belong either to Samuel Thacker or Justin Moran; Watchorn Ltd; Gerrands (watchmakers); Dustin's Ltd, pastry cooks; Jasper Wood, chemist; Smith's Drapery. For a complete list, see Wises' Postal Directory for the year 1908-1911.

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