Has this display on the first floor of the City Library caught your eye? The vintage medical equipment is on loan from the David Warnock Medical Museum. Its collection features medical and dental equipment spanning more than 100 years, including items dating back to the New Zealand Wars of the 1860s. To modern viewers, some items appear like bizarre torture devices, but when first produced this medical technology was cutting edge – quite literally, in the case of amputations and surgery.
As part of Palmerston North’s Heritage month, the David Warnock Medical Museum will be holding an open day on Friday 17 March. Seize the opportunity to view this fascinating and important medical history collection in its Palmerston North Hospital venue.
David Warnock Medical Museum Open Day Palmerston North Hospital, Heretaunga Street, Gate 5 Friday 17 March, 1-4.30pm, entry by gold coin donation.
To commemorate Waitangi Day, the library’s Kaitaurima Māori intern, Harmony Governor, has put together an exhibition exploring early forms of partnership between Māori and Pākehā. On view on the First Floor of the City Library, this display focuses on trade, exchange and natural resources.
We have scanners available to digitise your hard copy photographs, slides and negatives. Staff are available to train you on the machines so you can preserve your images for the future and share them easily with family and friends.
It’s easy as! Call into the 2nd floor of the Central Library and take a trip down memory lane.
This year Palmerston North celebrates 150 years and Local History Week is one of many celebrations and times of reflection taking place across the city in 2021. This year the Local History Week programme has been modified due to COVID-19 Alert level restrictions, and our very popular lunchtime talks will be delivered via Zoom.
MONDAY 1 NOVEMBER, 12.30-1.30pm:
Our Party of the Century Presented by Margaret Tennant, Historian An illustrated talk on the city’s centennial celebrations of 1971.
TUESDAY 2 NOVEMBER, 12.30-1.30pm:
Himatangi Beach – From the Car Shed to the Water’s Edge Presented by Tony Rasmussen, Historian Discover why Himatangi Beach did not develop to the extent expected by its earliest promoters.
WEDNESDAY 3 NOVEMBER, 12.30-1.30pm:
The Hawke’s Bay Earthquake, and the ‘canvas towns’ of Palmerston North Showgrounds and Awapuni Racecourse Presented by Leanne Croon Hickman, Historian
You must register in advance for the talks by contacting the Heritage team firstname.lastname@example.org. A link to each Zoom session will be sent to you.
Visit the second floor of the central library to view a selection of images from New Zealand military historian Glyn Harper’s latest book, which features unpublished images of New Zealander’s in World War II.
Do you remember the old Fitzherbert Bridge? Completed in 1935, this was actually the second of three vehicle bridges built to cross the Manawatu River. You can learn more about this once iconic Palmerston North structure from the display in Second Floor Heritage Area of the City Library. This features photographs, engineers’ plans, historic documents and even the menu from the civic luncheon to celebrate its opening by the Governor General. The display will be on view until 24 October. More images can be viewed here, on Manawatū Heritage.
You probably know this majestic old Palmerston North Building better as Cafe Cuba, but it was originally built for the Manawatu Patriotic Society as the Soldier’s Club. It was completed in 1917 to a design from the firm of L G West & Son and was used by the RSA until 1966.
This slider compares 1979 and 2021.
The second image was taken in 2021 by Caleb, Sam and Natalie of the Manawatū Home Educator’s network as part of a session with the Heritage team at Palmerston North City Library. They went out to Cuba Street with an iPad specifically to take this photo so we could use it in this image compare slider. Well done team!