Trust hon­ours his­to­ri­ans

The Tribune (NZ) - - NEWS -

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.

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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.

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