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TALKS: Bring your lunch | hot drinks provided WALKS and TOURS: Limited places| Bookings essential* *FOR ALL ENQUIRIES AND BOOKINGS CONTACT: Philippa Elphick or Lesley Courtney Phone: 351 4100 | Email: | Visit: 2nd floor or City Archives, Ground floor Central Library

All images from Pataka Ipurangi: Manawatu Memory Online at

Men and their bikes c1920

TAKE A TRIP BACK IN TIME 5 – 11 NOVEMBER 2012 Hayes family roadside picnic 1953



OPENING of Local History Week All welcome. Sponsored by the Palmerston North Heritage Trust 11am | 1st Floor | Central Library

LUNCHTIME TALK: Smut, Satire and Hairy Fairies: Massey University Student Capping Revues: Capping revues were performed by Massey students from 1933 to the late 1990s. This illustrated talk will look at changes over time, some of the satirical themes used, and some of the people involved, many of whom have gone on to greater things. SPEAKER: Lucy Marsden 12 noon | 2ND Floor| Central Library

LUNCHTIME TALK: Early Movie Theatres: An Escape Hatch into Another World. Going to the movies – where we went and what we watched 1896 - 1945 SPEAKER: Pauline Knuckey 12 noon | 2ND Floor| Central Library

WALK: Savage Crescent: Meteor Movie Theatre c1937

MINA MCKENZIE MEMORIAL LECTURE: Kahu Ora: living cloaks, living culture A talk on the development of the Te Papa Press publication, "Whatu Kākahu/Māori Cloaks" and the exhibition "Kahu Ora/Living Cloaks", and of working with leading weaving luminaries and researchers in bringing the magnificence of the Māori cloak collection into the public domain. SPEAKER: Awhina Tamarapa 7pm | Te Manawa Organised by the Te Manawa Museum Society

TUESDAY 6 NOV. MOVIES: Savage Crescent I TV One ‘Edifice’ documentary by David Jacobs 1993 and TV One ‘Open Home’ programme excerpt 1994 (20 minutes) 11 am | S&V | Ground Floor | Central Library LUNCHTIME TALK: Tales from Louisa's Scrapbook: Louisa Snelson, an early settler, left behind a scrapbook of her life and times in Palmerston North (held in the City Archives). In this presentation ‘Louisa’ is recreated, and talks about her and husband George’s life in early Palmerston North (based on Tina White’s Memory Lane articles of 2011).

SPEAKER: Tina White 12 noon | 2ND Floor| Central Library

Explore the best preserved early state suburb in New Zealand. Learn about how it was planned and built and look at the fascinating range of architectural styles.

GUIDE: Margaret Tate 2pm | Bookings Essential* Savage Crescent area 1956

SPECIAL EVENT: BOOK LAUNCH OF ‘HOKOWHITU’ BY GARRY O’NEILL You are all invited to help celebrate the launch of the first published history of the Hokowhitu suburb, researched and written by Garry O’Neill. Sponsored by the Manawatu Journal of History 5.30 pm| 2ND Floor | Central Library

THURSDAY 8 NOV. MOVIES: Savage Crescent II ‘More than Just a Street: Savage Crescent’ by Donna Willetts 1997 (42 minutes) 11 am | S&V | Ground floor | Central Library

LUNCHTIME TALK: Creating a Pastoral World through Fire: Bush Burning in the Manawatu. This talk explores the world of the bush farmer in the Manawatu 1870 to 1910, in particular his use of fire to transform a forested hinterland into the pastoral landscape that we know today. SPEAKER: Dr Catherine Knight 12 noon | 2ND Floor| Central Library

LUNCHTIME TALK: What's in a Name - Uncovering the Origins of the Modern Kairanga: Kairanga is a title and local place name that over the last 150 years has come to mean many things to many people. This talk will trace its meaning and origins and describe how it made the transition from its earliest recorded site to its present location. SPEAKER: Richard Mildon 12 noon | 2ND Floor| Central Library

TOUR: Wharerata. Explore this historic 1901 home, now situated within the grounds of Massey University. Tour followed by afternoon tea. 2pm | Cost $6.80 pp (pay on the day)| Bookings Essential*

TOUR: History of the Catholic Church in Palmerston North: This fascinating talk and tour, held in the Cathedral of the Holy Spirit, guides you through the history of Catholicism in Palmerston North. GUIDE: Barry Slade 2pm | Bookings Essential*


FILM: THE KERRY SCOTT STORY: A HISTORY OF THE TONGARIRO POWER DEVELOPMENT Kerry Scott, a Civil Engineer from Scotland, arrived in Turangi in 1957. Kerry tells his story of 25 years working on one of New Zealand’s largest civil engineering projects. 7pm| S & V | Ground Floor |Central Library


Cathedral of the Holy Spirit 1939

WALK: Savage Crescent: Explore the best preserved early state suburb in New Zealand. Learn about how it was planned and built and look at the fascinating range of architectural styles. GUIDE: Cindy Lilburn 2pm | Bookings Essential*

Presented by the Rotary Club of Palmerston North. $15 (all profits to charity) Booking advised. Tickets from Stephen Parsons House of Travel; GQ Clothing; Taylor-Jensen fine Arts; or phone 06 358 1938



CACCIA BIRCH OPEN DAY Caccia Birch began life 120 years ago as a relatively modest two-storeyed home overlooking the lagoon. Transformed into a luxurious home it later took on many roles and is now run as a function centre.

BUS TOUR: Hokowhitu : Historical commentary by Garry O’Neill, author of ‘Hokowhitu’ Organised by the Palmerston North Historical Society and sponsored by JVL Real Estate. 9.30am – 11am | Cost $15 | Bookings Essential. Tickets from JVL Real Estate, 176 Broadway Avenue


Bring your picnic lunch and join us on the lawn, take a leisurely stroll around the gardens, tour the house and visit the Coach House archive to learn of Caccia Birch’s fascinating past. 12 noon to 4pm | 130 Te Awe Awe Street, Palmerston North Tours provided by Historic Places Manawatu-Horowhenua. Coffee cart will be on site.

POWER STATION Open Day: Walk around the historic Power Station. Engines will be run on the hour and members of the PN Electric Power Station Society will be on hand to answer questions. 12.30 – 4.30pm | Keith Street (off Napier Road) | $2 pp


DISPLAY: Once Grand, Now Gone: Learn about some of the grand homes of yesteryear that are no longer with us 2 - 16 Nov | City Archives | Ground Floor | Central Library

ADULT QUIZ: Test your knowledge on The Square and be in to win. Collect your quiz from the 2nd Floor and City Archives, Ground Floor, Central Library

BECOME PART OF THE STORY: CALL FOR PHOTOS FROM THE PAST What memories of Palmerston North have you or your past family captured? Bring your photographs and movies to the Ian Matheson City Archives, Ground Floor, Central Library, to be copied for Pataka Ipurangi: Manawatu Memory Online.

Historic Places ManawatuHorowhenua Evans family taking a walk in the Esplanade

Local History Week 2012 programme  

Movie screenings, Walks, Talks, Tours, a Book Launch, and many more wonderful activities.

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