Trust honours historians
Three historians were feted at a Palmerston North Heritage Trust gathering at Caccia Birch House last week.
Mayor Grant Smith presented certificates to Merv Hancock, Margaret Tate and Garry O’Neill for their research into the city’s history as well as for making their findings available to the public.
Trust chairwoman Margaret Tennant acknowledged the deep knowledge that the three had accrued about the city and its history, and the awards were in appreciation for their contributions to the city’s ‘‘community memory’’.
Merv served as a community and professional leader, local body politician and academic. As a historian, he provided a range of resources on past Palmerston North mayors and MPs and encouraged the rejuvenation of the Palmerston North Heritage Trust.
Garry published on the history of Catholic education locally, and on the suburbs of Terrace End and Hokowhitu.
Margaret researched many of Palmerston North’s heritage buildings, providing information that is available online and in print.
Palmerston North historians Garry O’Neill, Merv Hancock and Margaret Tate with mayor Grant Smith and the acknowledgements of their contribution to researching, recording and presenting the city’s past.