Books for Sale
Compiled by Robyn Corpe and Ngaire Stantiall in 2001, this popular book tells the
stories of the settlement just north of Feilding township
that began in 1880
with the intention that this new town would eventually grow to be the main
population area of Manawatu. There was the attraction of eventually owning a 40
acre block of land to farm which encouraged families to flock to this district.
Initially sawmills offered the most employment and a small settlement of shops
and stores began. The chief employment industry was to be the Makino Butter
factory established by William Wescombe Corpe. Full of photos and images this
comprehensive book gives accounts of the early families that settled in the
was reprinted in 2019 by the Coach House Museum and the new edition now
has an index. Price is $39.00 and it is available only from the museum.
The Purchase and Settlement of the Manchester Block
By T. A. Gibson, 1936. Reprinted in 2015 by The Coach House Museum, Feilding.
This comprehensive account
of the beginnings of the wider Manawatu District relied on early newspaper
reports as well as first-hand accounts of some early settlers.
Beginning as a philanthropic society in England, it had the financial backing of
gentry who were endeavouring to resettle people and move them away from Europe
where economical upheaval and unemployment had resulted from the industrial
revolution. They sent out General Feilding (in 1871 a Colonel) as their
appointed representative to negotiate with the New Zealand Government to
purchase a suitable area of land for development. The Manawatu area was chosen
and the main settlement became known as Feilding, named after the family who
were part of the scheme. The books gives an account of the arrival of the first
settlers in 1874 and the progress made over the next decades. The book has been
reprinted and is only available from the Coach House Museum. Price is $25.00.
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purchase, please click here to email.
Pilkington Writer's Fund
Pilkington has set up a fund from the monies accrued through sales of
her published book – ‘Signs of the Times’. The fund, administered by
FDCA (Feilding & Districts Community Archive), is to provide a seeding
loan to assist specifically with the printing costs of
future publications that deal with some aspect of the history of
Manawatu - that is for printing costs of a book written, proofed and
formatted ready for publication.
* must be
a local history book relating to the Manawatu region
* must be
of a high standard and the subject matter deemed suitable
* must be
formatted and proofed ready for publication
comply with the standard format of Contents, Index,
Appendix and Reference listings
written work must be in book form and not have been included in an
existing journal/magazine. It will be submitted to the FDCA Governance
Committee and then to the Pilkingtons for their review.
from two printers (one of which will be used) are required to accompany
the manuscript, together with a marketing plan for the publication from
decision of the FDCA concerning the application is final.
not a grant fund, but a loan fund. The author will be required to
repay the loan at quarterly instalments over an agreed period once the
book is released. The interest rate will be determined by the
Feilding & Districts Community Archive
Contact: Marilyn Wightman, Archivist
06 323 4233
Postal: PO Box 42, Feilding 4740
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can find us at the Coach House Museum, 127 South Street, Feilding.
Thursdays, 10am to 4pm