Post­cards for third book on his­tory

Manawatu Guardian - - NEWS - By MERANIA KARAURIA

Val Mills says Memo­rial Park holds trea­sured child­hood mem­o­ries, as do many Palmer­ston North lo­ca­tions in the post­cards she has col­lected through­out her life.

It was at Memo­rial Park where Val learned to swim in 1958.

Post­cards of Palmer­ston North 1900-1960 is Val’s third book. Her last book Down at the Baths won the best Manawatu¯ Lo­cal His­tory book in 2015-2017.

“I wanted to show not only the post­cards but the pho­to­graphs as well.”

She calls her­self a hobby his­to­rian and her post­cards hold a wealth of in­for­ma­tion about the chang­ing scape of Palmer­ston North.

Post­cards are from the first part of the 20th Cen­tury and the images and re­lated sto­ries tell the story about each.

Val says this “snap in time” of 170 images in­clude 30 from the li­brary ar­chives and a dozen from pri­vate col­lec­tions.

On page 68 are the buses Val used to ride on.

One post­card shows the but­ter­fly­shaped lakelet in the Square and there’s a card pro­duced in 1965 of the first bridge on Fitzher­bert Ave.

Mil­lar and Giorgi’s store re­con­struc­tion is a pri­vately pro­duced card of Joseph Pow­elka who was con­victed of the build­ing’s ar­son and was sen­tenced to 21 years in jail. How­ever, be­tween April and Au­gust in 1910 Pow­elka es­caped sev­eral times. He was re­cap­tured, then es­caped and eluded cap­ture never to be heard of again.

■ Post­cards of Palmer­ston North 1900-1960, $39.99 at Bruce McKen­zie Book­sell­ers.

Val Mills re­turned to Memo­rial Park be­fore her Post­cards of Palmer­ston North 1900-1960 launch.

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