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Manchester Square Site has always had a use for paper

In early Feilding there was a dilemma when you came to town. Where could you go the toilet?   For men the answer was simple, the hotels always had the necessary facility as did the gentlemen and working men’s clubs. But what of the women and children? Some of the handed-down stories related to the angst of coming to Feilding, usually on a sales day, and where was there a place to ‘spend a penny’?  For more, read on .....
 

The Sort of People a Community Needs - The Mason Family

The Mason family of Feilding have been here over one hundred years. Their mutual ancestor was one of Wellington’s first families. Mr Thomas (1818-1903) Mason built a house and developed an extensive garden at Avalon in the Hutt Valley.  For more, read on ....
 

Divided Skirts

The Wanganui Chronicle of 5th November 1910 reports that “for the best harness horse Miss Jessie Campbell’s Aristocrat took first prize and Mr. F.E. Hocken’s Prince second.  For more, read on .....

Jensen Reunion
A day long reunion was attended by many descendants of  Hemming and Mette Jensen.
 For more, read on ....

Manchester Rifles and Their Drill Hall

Manchester Rifles was a group of men who were volunteers from the community. Much like territorials in the NZ Army of today they met and trained in armed combat as a reserve force that would be utilized in time of war.  It was a well organized Feilding group which had its own drill hall in Church Street. As well as being the Drill Hall where the volunteers met it was used as a community hall. (This was demolished in the 1950s and the Civic Centre now stands on the same site.)  For more, read on ....

 

Feilding Post Office

Ever since Mrs Hastie donated the land to the town, Feilding’s Post Office has been sited on the corner of Manchester Square and Kimbolton Road. This section first housed the stables which were owned by the Hastie Family. At that time, the early 1900s, Mrs Hastie also owned the Feilding Hotel. In the Feilding Star there are reports of fund raising schemes such as ‘buy a brick for one shilling and help build the Post Office’. This prestigious building was finished in 1902.   For more read on ....

 

Story of walking wounded is told...  Years ago, a photograph album was handed into the Feilding Library and this was added to the community archive material that the library was storing on behalf of the district. The album came to the newly built community archive at the Coach House Museum and has been stored in the commissioned archival-standards building that was completed in 2009.  Now cleaned, conserved and data catalogued the photographs and papers tell an interesting story.   For more, read on ....

D. W. Fraser ... A recent article told the story of Harold Fraser and how his daughter Mrs Jean Glover, had created an album of her father’s life story from his 1917 WW1 experience to his taxidermy skills recorded in the local paper up to 1976.  The article, from records held at FDCA (Feilding and Districts Community Archive) prompted a reader to donate some further photographs and records of the Fraser family history. For more, read on ....

 

Feilding's First Midwife

Among the treasures held at the Feilding & Districts Community Archive is a small, hard-covered book entitled "Register of births attended by Mrs Foster, midwife, Feilding".  Sarah Foster recorded the births she attended in Feilding from when her family first arrived in the town in 1874.  Mrs Foster, her husband Thomas W. K. Foster and their eight children, came to New Zealand on the La Hogue.  For more, read on ....

 

So, who got to eat the fruit cake?   

Mr E. H. Fisher owner of Fisher Print situated in MacArthur Street was a busy, busy man. As well as being secretary to the Manchester Rifles he was also involved in the Athletic Club and ran a printing business. And as secretary to the I A & P Association he organized the Feilding Show. This involved a wide range of letter writing topics such as booking special passenger trains from the railways to transit show visitors from Wanganui, Dannevirke, Foxton and Levin as well as Palmerston North.  For more, read on ....