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A Silent Tribute to Those Who Served

Thanks to the many people from our community who provided us with photos of their friends and family in uniform prior to heading off to World War I for use in our WW100 Commemoration Project, "A Silent Tribute to Those Who Served". 

This presentation is now showing in the theatre of the Coach House Museum as part of the MHVC's ANZAC WWW100 Commemorative Exhibition.







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 ......

Manchester Block 140th Anniversary of Settlement

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.

Pioneer Settler's Register

For individuals and families who settled in Feilding on or before
31 December 1899

Family Settler's Register

For individuals or families who settled in Feilding from 1 January 1900
through until the present day

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.

Pioneer Settler's Register.pdf

Family Settler's Register.pdf

Restoring the Colonel

Held in pride of place within the archive is a painting of Feilding's namesake, William Henry Adelbert Feilding (son of the 7th Earl of Denbigh), and steps are being taken to restore the portrait and its interesting frame.

General The Honourable William Feilding was a British soldier serving with the Coldstream Guards.  He served in the Crimean War and was British commissioner to the French Army during the Franco-Prussian War.    In 1871, as a Colonel and Director of the Emigrants and Colonists Aid Corporation, he was selected to travel to both Australia and New Zealand looking at blocks of land suitable for their proposed emigration scheme for the labouring classes.

Finding offerings in Queensland not to his taste, he sailed to New Zealand and within a short time journeyed to Foxton where he met Arthur Halcombe and the two of them travelled inland to the Manawatu for a look at land the New Zealand Government had for sale.  Back in Wellington on 20 December 1871 an agreement was reached to purchase 106,000 acres for 75,000 pounds and the recruiting of emigrants in England began.

The Colonel came back to visit the new settlement of Feilding in 1875.  Immigrants had been arriving for a year, and life had been struggle for them - not the rolling green fields they had been expecting with a wet winter adding to their woes.  However, when (now General) Feilding made his next visit in 1895, great progress had been made and he was able to view a thriving settlement.

Unfortunately, General Feilding died of cholera in Bangkok on his way back to England, and is buried in the Bangkok Protestant Cemetery.






Feilding & Districts is a dedicated repository for the area's history.
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