A Silent Tribute to Those Who Served
Communities remember World War One : Memorials of the Manawatu District
Over the past two and a half years Peter Olsen has been slowly working his way around our district locating rural Memorials, and where necessary, giving them a good cleanup, and if needed a redo of the inscriptions. Sixteen stone and granite obelisks, eight gateways, and thirty-three wooden board memorials were found. The district mentioned is from Ruahine in the north to Rangiotu in the south, and from the Rangitikei River to the Ranges.
Four of the obelisks have been moved, two others damaged, and two of the boards lost through fire. Most of the boards have been in schools or community halls, though with the closure of schools over the years some have become centralised. When the remedial work has been done, and now with a greater interest being shown toward them, Peter believes they will stand the test of time ......
Acknowledging the 100 years since WW1, this project is seen as a small tribute to all who served there. The resulting 72 page book is now available for sale with all proceeds generously donated to the Feilding & Districts Community Archive. Go to our Sales page for more information ......
2014 is the 140th anniversary of the settlement of the Manchester Block and to mark the occasion Feilding Districts & Community Archive is running a project which asks residents of the area to send in information on their families to the archive by completing family registers. This information will become a research resource for future generations.
The first settlers came on organised shipping schedules and were the initial pool of pioneers to settle the Manawatu area. Further settlers came on different immigration schemes and also settled in this area after 1874. Settlement continued into the 1900s as areas outside the township of Feilding were purchased, surveyed and large farm blocks sub-divided. Then there are the ongoing ‘settlers’ to Feilding who arrive from various parts of New Zealand and the world and who now acknowledge this area as their settlement of choice.
Click on the appropriate link to download the form, save it to your PC, complete it at your leisure, save it again and email it to FDCA by clicking on this link and attaching the document.
If your computer or tablet doesn't support the format of these forms (MS Word), download pdf copies using the links below, hand fill them in and post them to 'The Manchester Block Project, FDCA, PO Box 42, Feilding.