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Feilding Athletics, Victoria Park, 1910 [2017.206.12h]


Boxing Day 1905

Celebrating at the "Oval" at Victoria Park. Among the group are Hector Booth, Mayor Jas Trewin, Bill Reid, and Mr Stunnell.   If you can help with names for the other two, please email us the details.

FDCA 2019.372.905

Feilding Personalities c1908

Seated on the back of a truck from the Feilding Carrying Co fleet, are the movers and shakers of Feilding and Districts at the time. 

* Front row: H. Stewart (driver) E. J. Wackrill, Mr Phillips (Mgr of B&A), F. Aranui (proprietor of the
  Feilding Star).

* 2nd row: J. E. Barltrop, Mr Read, A. H. Sutton, and the (unnamed) mgr of the Union Bank.

* 3rd row: W. Carthew, Mr Brown (of Raumai), A. R. Mayo, A. H. Atkinson.

* 4th row: Mr Montgomerie (in the boater hat), G. J. Harford (sporting the cloth cap), T. L. Mills
  (editor of the Feilding Star).

* 5th row:  William Bramwell (standing), G. J. Fitzpatrick, David Pryde Snr, and Murray Copestake.


FDCA 2019.372.909

Walking Challenge 1912

In 1912 a walking challenge was held from Feilding to Marton and return, matching those on the 'beer diet' against those on the 'peanut diet'.  Who won is not noted in our records!  If you know more about this event, please email us the details.

FDCA 2019.372.913


Art class underway at the Feilding Technical School which was located on the corner of Fergusson and Stafford Streets.

The building was designed by T.H. James, Architect to the Wanganui Education Board and built in 1907 by William Wilkinson. In 1919 the school was incorporated into the newly built Feilding Agricultural High School.

The top floor of this building was later removed and it remains standing as a single storey building with an attic room.

FDCA 2019.372.743


Manchester Street School Pupils, 1939

The 1939 class of Primer 2-3 pupils at Manchester Street School in Feilding.

We only have names for two of the girls;  Betty Doughty and June Wells [sitting at the right in the front row].  If you can put names to any of the other children, please get in touch.

FPL 2009.102.01-1


Feilding Volunteer Fire Brigade 1905

The Feilding Volunteer Fire Brigade was formed in 1888 with the Feilding Borough Council eventually agreeing to donate 25 annually, on the condition the money was used to sink wells in various parts of the Borough.

Feilding's first Fire Engine was purchased by Messrs. P. Thompson and A.E. Eade, in 1891. Tea meetings and a Grand Ball were held, both raising money to help with the payments for the new engine. The first blaze at which the town water was used was at Messrs. Rouse and Hurrell Carriage Builders, opposite the Drill Hall, in 1905. 

FI 2011.150.66


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.

FDCA 2017.206.15c


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.

FPL 2009.


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.                                         FDCA 2019.372.473


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.

FI 2011.150.138.02


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.

FPL 2009.102.23.19




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