This photograph of The Square was taken in the vicinity of the Manawatu Standard building. In the foreground is the Lakelet (or Butterfly Lake), followed by the Phoenix Palms that once lived in The Square. The tall building to the right is the The Commercial Union Building, situated on the corner of Rangitikei and King Streets. It was completed in March 1973. In front of this is the former Bank of New Zealand. It was demolished for a new multi-storey BNZ. to the other side of the Rangitikei Street corner can be seen the multi-storey MCL building.
the building at centre is the Chief Post Office of Palmerston North. It was completed and opened in 1906, on the site of the 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 the Hopwood Clock Tower in The Square, which was completed in 1957. The Post Office building is now used as a restaurant and bar. The building on the left is "The Kosy" theatre.
This photograph was taken from the tower of the Australasian Temperance and General Mutual Life Assurance Society Ltd (T&G) building, near the corner of Broadway Avenue and The Square. This partial view of the Square shows a number of its most recognisable monuments including: the Ladies Rest Rooms, built 1936; War Memorial, unveiled in 1926 to commemorate the casualties of WWI; the second band rotunda, built in 1907, but pulled down in 1956 to make way for the Hopwood Tower; All Saints Church, built 1914. Beyond can be seen the Tararua Mountains. Note that a long train is running through the Main Street line.
This photograph of The Square was taken in the vicinity of the PDC building and looks towards the corner of Main Street West and The Square. The building in the centre is the third incarnation of the Commercial Hotel, built 1935. Next to it is the Commercial Building, still standing at 2015, and the DIC (Direct Importers Company). The DIC was constructed in 1927-1928 for CM Ross and Co Ltd. In 1959 CM Ross sold to Milne and Choyce, and in 1966 it was on-sold to the DIC. The DIC subsequently sold to Arthur Barnett in 1989. After closing as a department store in 1991 the building was acquired by the PNCC who extensively redesigned it as the Palmerston North City Library, opening 1996. It is a listed heritage building. The single-storey building opposite, in The Square, is the Rangitane Pavilion, a series of prefabricated buildings that sat opposite Main Street and the Commercial Hotel. The Rangitāne Pavilion was a meeting hall used by the community. When the City Council building were constructed, a room under the Council Chambers was incorporated for community use. It was closed in the mid 1980s.
This is a photograph of the Square, oriented towards the portion of the Square between Main Street West and Church Street West. The buildings, from left are: Provincial Hotel (burned down in 1906 and was replaced by the Grand Hotel, now the Grand Cafe and Bar), Daily Times, J Mortensen (watchmaker and jeweller), R Hannah Boot, W Park (bookseller), R Leary (chemist), Leary and Dixon ('The Home of Music') and an unidentified building that was once J Linton's Land Office. The original band rotunda is the prominent feature on the right side of this photograph. On the left is a sign which reads, "Please Keep Off The Grass".
This photograph of The Square was probably taken from one of the top storeys of the CM Ross Building (Roscos Department Store) and showcases some of the changes that have taken place in The Square since the 1940s. Note the lack of the Hopwood Clock Tower (built 1957) and the presence of a large band rotunda in its place. This band rotunda was constructed in 1907 and demolished in 1956 during the construction of the clock tower. The train line that once ran through The Square can be seen behind the War Memorial (built 1926). The rail tracks were removed after the completion of the Milson Deviation made them redundant in 1959. Even the vegetation in The Square is markedly different - notice the native cabbage trees that grace it's lawns. One consistency is the marble statue of Te Peeti Te Awe Awe in the quadrant of The Square near to Church Street East. Built in 1907, this statue still stands in the same location today.
This photograph was taken from the corner of Rangitikei Street. For many years The Square was divided into 5 sections - four quadrants and a central strip that the railway line ran through. This quadrant is nearest the Broadway corner, and one of the two cannons that were features of The Square from 1909 to the 1940s, can be seen centre. The Post Office,on the left, on the corner of Main Street, was built in 1906 - the clock being named Kerei Te Panau after the chief of the Awapuni tribe. W.F. Durward's is on the right (1908-1915). THe United Farmers Co-Operative Association (on Watson Brothers site) is in the photo, but was closed in 1908. On the left side of the photograph is an advertisement for "Urgent Cabs" and a horse and carriage waiting nearby.
Looking towards the clocktower in The Square of Palmerston North. In the foreground can be seen the construction of the new Civic Administration Building, built 1976 - 1979, which when completed straddled the road into The Square.
Corner of The Square nearest to Coleman Mall. In the background can be seen the T& G Tower.
Looking across The Square, probably from the D.I.C. building now the Public Library . The Post Office is on the left of the photo and the the library building is in the centre of the photograph. The Coronation Fountain can be seen at bottom left, and the clocktower in the centre of The Square, with the wqr memorial in front of it.
A view of The Square, overlooking the Rangitikei Street corner and down Broadway. Possibly taken from the roof of the C M Ross department store on The Square. One of a set of images of Palmerston North, produced for sale.
Corner of The Square closest to Broadway. Beyond can be seen the T & G Tower in Broadway.
The C M Ross department store is seen here at night during its celebrations, which included a Jubilee sale, to mark 50 years of trading 1883-1933. C M Ross began operating as the 'Bon Marche', on this site in The Square in 1883.
Courting days of Mr and Mrs McQueen Murdoch (nee Rachel Port) riding side saddle across the Pohangina River from Awahou North to Pohangina. At this time James was a recent arrival from Scotland and Rachel was the eldest daughter of Richard Port. Mr Murdoch was teacher at Awahou North School and then Pohangina School. He later taught at Linton School. He boarded at Awahou North and met Rachel Port. They were married in 1899. Rachel's father was Richard Port, farmer of Awahou North. He came from Northern Ireland, farmed at Sandon and then Awahou North in 1887.
Building, from left:  Victoria Buildings - built in 1901, demolished c 1928.  Bradfield, "The Cash Grocers"  The Crown Studios, Whalley and Co. Photographers  W Pegden, furnishing warehouse. Established in 1882 by Simmonds and Pegden and continued alone from Pegden alone from 1888. Destroyed by fire in 1891.  J A Nash and Co - General Merchants.  DM George, draper and clothier  Occidental Private Family Department - built c1897; ?; Hood Chemist; Ridley's Tea Depot; ?; Bert Pratt, Hairdresser  Occidental Hotel - built c1897, destroyed by fire c1927  Bank of New Zealand, built in 1902  Mellsop, Elliott and Co, - Manawatu Land Agency.  T Parkins, butcher  Malcolm, "Furnishing Company Ltd".  Manawatu Evening Standard - built 1891. The Standard was here from 1903-1910.  E O Olsen, Tailor  Borough Council Chambers  All Saints Anglican Church. The building with a dome, in front of the Evening Standard building, is an observatory.
This resealing machine was one of the first of its kind to be built in New Zealand. Milson Airport also had an alternative grass runway for light planes to use.
Neils Pedersen was born in Oslo, Norway and married Bertha Olsen before migrating to New Zealand. They were among the first Scandinavian settlers to arrive in the Manawatu District, being allotted 40 acres of land at Awapuni in 1871. In later years, the family moved to a farm at Whakarongo, where Neils died in 1891. His wife Bertha died in 1900.
Shown here are the Wellington Provincial District Farmers Union Delegates to conference held in Masterton on the 24th and 25th of May 1904.
This photograph looks southwest towards the railway station on the Main Street in The Square. Two children stand towards the right, while many horse carts can be seen in the distance near the corner of Main Street and The Square.
Staff of an unidentified Flaxmill, thought to be at or near Foxton. The photograph includes flax leaves, dried fibre and bales of flax, branded with 'JTO".
The Miranui Flaxmill was owned by A & L Seifert Flax Company Ltd and opened in November 1907. This view of the Makerua Swamp area shows a steam driven tram on the tracks, to deliver a load of flax to the mill.
Miranui Flaxmill was owned by A & L Seifert Flaxmilling Company Ltd and opened in 1907. This view looks eastwards with the Tararua Ranges in the background. the flax, sourced from the swamp, was taken by tram to the mill for processing.
A view looking eastwards over the Makerua Swamp area owned by the A & L Seifert Flax Milling Company Limited. The tramway carried the cut flax to the mill for processing.
The Miranui Flaxmill was owned by A & L Seifert Company Ltd, and opened in 1907. This 5 ton locomotive crosses the bridge over the Tokomaru Stream as it brings green flax to the mill. The mill was about half a mile away to the left of the photograph and the swamp to the right. The locomotive did not prove successful on swamp ground and was replaced by horses.
The three flaxmills are 1. Foxton Mill of A King & Co in right background with white water tank. 2. Star Mill, G Coley in right centre with tall smokestack. 3. Ora Mill, H Greig in right foreground with flax stacked in yard.
At work in the Wellington Harbour Board’s grading shed and hemp store.
Flax being loaded on to a train by hand for transportation to a Flax mill.
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.
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.
Mill workers sitting outside. This Mill is thought to have been the Paiaka Mill on the Manawatu River, then owned by Alfred Seifert (c 1907)