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Feilding Athletics, Victoria Park, 1910 [2017.206.12h]


Toll-keeper and family at the Manawatu Gorge toll-gate

The Gorge road opened in 1872, and in 1875 the Government established a tollhouse at the Woodville end to defray the cost of maintaining the road. Hans Olsson was the third and last toll-keeper. In 1912 tolls were abolished and the tollhouse was closed making the Olssons redundant and the small settlement which grew up around the tollhouse disappeared.

The fee for a horse and rider was ninepence, a horse and cart was one shilling and threepence, and sheep travelling through the gorge were charged per head. Mrs Olsson and their son, Joseph Gottfred Olsson, are on the right.

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Tivoli Theatre

Constructed in the 1920s, and a victim of arson in the 1960s, the Tivoli was one of two theatres in Feilding.  It was located on Kimbolton Road [where the Rosebowl now stands].  This image shows the theatre dressed in lights for the 1953 coronation. The adjacent milk bar was a popular hang out for many.


Apiti to Kimbolton Stage

Charles Max Bauer bought a line of coaches in 1898. By 1906 he was advertising as a Royal Mail coach. After her husband's death Mrs. M.K. Bauer continued to run the business. By 1917/18 the mail contract lapsed with the introduction of motor vehicles for this service. The coaches were then used for passengers and general carrying.   The Apiti-Kimbolton stage pulled by two horses, parked outside the Courthouse in Feilding.   The coach was built by Hocker & Bealing in 1912 for Mrs Bauer at a cost of 79.10.0.  Mrs Bauer is seated beside the driver [name unknown], and standing [left to right] are Norman Collingwood, Jack Younger, Fred Wells, and Fred Bealing.


Oroua River Flood, 17 April 1897

In April 1897 there was heavy flooding across the North Island from Wairoa to Woodville. The traffic and railway bridges across the Oroua River at Aorangi suffered considerably under the heavy flood waters. The approaches on the Feilding side of the river went with three short spans of the rail bridge, the iron piers resisting the force of the current remarkably well. Two spans of the Road Bridge also went, leaving six standing without any apparent damage. The two spans which were washed away stranded about a quarter of a mile away down the river. The only connection left between the two sides of the river were the railway irons and sleepers, which remained swinging in the air.

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26 September 1907

Boisterous, rainy, dismal and unpleasant weather was experienced in Feilding for three days, causing masses of water to lie in the streets and paddocks.  At the Beattie Street crossing the water was right across the surface of Kimbolton Road; the railway yards were covered in water and the footpath from the Council Chambers to the Square was immersed.




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