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The Feilding & Districts Community Archive aims to preserve and store the history of our area.  The Archive contains material from many local clubs and organisations, both current and defunct, providing a wonderful insight into our District's past.  There are also significant personal collections containing documents and photographs depicting local history and, in particular, material donated or gathered for the 1974 Centennial Celebrations of the founding of Manchester Block and the Feilding Borough Council Centenary in 1981.

The archive is run totally by volunteers, and is open for contributions or research each Thursday from 10.00am to 4.00pm, or at other times by appointment, for:

* Computer assisted research facility and historical publications

* Extensive photographic collection of Feilding and Districts, people
   and events

* Private papers, clubs and society records





Contact Us

Feilding & Districts Community Archive [FDCA]
121 South Street

Phone:  (06) 323 6401

Click here to email us

You can find us at the Coach House Museum, 121 South Street, Feilding.

An Information Request Form can be downloaded by clicking on this hyperlink.





Dorothy Pilkington has set up a fund from the monies accrued through sales of her published book – ‘Signs of the Times’.  The fund, administered by FDCA (Feilding & Districts Community Archive), is to provide a seeding loan to assist specifically with the printing costs of future publications that deal with some aspect of the history of Manawatu -  that is for printing costs of a book written, proofed and formatted ready for publication.

The book:

§  must be a local history book relating to the Manawatu region

§  must be of a high standard and the subject matter deemed suitable for

§  must be formatted and proofed ready for publication

§  should comply with the standard format of Contents, Index, Appendix and
   Reference listings

The written work must be in book form and not have been included in an existing journal/magazine.  It will be submitted to the FDCA Governance Committee and then to the Pilkingtons for their review. 

Quotes from two printers (one of which will be used) are required to accompany the manuscript, together with a marketing plan for the publication from the author.

The decision of the FDCA concerning the application is final.


This is not a grant fund, but a loan fund.   The author will be required to repay the loan at quarterly instalments over an agreed period once the book is released.  The interest rate will be determined by the governance committee.  

Feilding & Districts Community Archive

Coach House Museum

121 South Street


Contact:   Marilyn Wightman, Archivist

Phone:      06 323 4233

Postal:       PO Box 42, Feilding, 4707

Email:        mandiwightman@actrix.co.nz


Click here to download a copy of the criteria.