Her­itage calendar hunts down old school pho­tos

The Tribune (NZ) - - NEWS - RICHARD MAYS

They may have been the best of days, or the worst, but ‘school days, rule days’ re­main for­ever mem­o­rable.

‘School Days’ is the 2018 topic for the Palmer­ston North Her­itage Trust themed calendar, which an­nu­ally fo­cuses on an as­pect of the city’s his­tory.

Her­itage Trust chair Mar­garet Ten­nant said mem­bers of the pub­lic are in­vited to sub­mit pho­tographs of school life and school ac­tiv­i­ties from any era, to be con­sid­ered for the pub­li­ca­tion, due out be­fore the an­nual His­tory Week at the be­gin­ning of Novem­ber.

‘‘While class pho­tos are al­ways wel­come, we es­pe­cially hope for a wide range show­ing, for ex­am­ple, school events, class­room scenes, school milk, med­i­cal in­spec­tions, swim­ming classes, fancy dress, teach­ers in­ter­act­ing with stu­dents, jour­neys to and from school, school pa­trols, and the like,’’ Ten­nant said.

His­tory didn’t all take place in black and white, and con­tri­bu­tions can in­clude colour pho­tographs from the ‘‘re­cent past’’, along with names of those pic­tured and any back­ground in­for­ma­tion.

‘‘Mem­bers of the trust have a great time se­lect­ing and re­search­ing the pho­tographs,’’ Ten­nant said.

While only 13 pho­tographs will be cho­sen for the calendar, the un­der­ly­ing pur­pose of the project is to ad­vance aware­ness of the city ar­chives.

‘‘Even if pho­tographs sup­plied are un­suit­able for the calendar, they would make a wel­come ad­di­tion to City Li­brary’s dig­i­tal im­age col­lec­tion on the Manawatu Her­itage web­site.’’

The 2017 calendar fea­tured the city’s an­i­mal her­itage show­ing among other scenes, draught horses at work, sheep dog mas­cots, and a cou­ple of WWI sol­diers out rab­bit­ing with their fer­rets.

Pre­vi­ous themes have in­cluded trans­port, marches and pa­rades, brick build­ings, with one of the most pop­u­lar be­ing 2014’s train calendar.

A non-profit mak­ing pub­li­ca­tion, the $10 calendar price goes to cover pro­duc­tion costs.

Peo­ple with pho­tos they would like con­sid­ered for the 2018 calendar should con­tact City Li­brary’s Her­itage team leader Les­ley Court­ney, les­ley.court­ney@pncc.govt.nz.

Con­trib­u­tors can keep their orig­i­nals, bring­ing their pho­tographs to the li­brary’s Re­search and Her­itage sec­tion on the sec­ond floor, for scan­ning.


These may­pole girls at the Shan­non pub­lic school were pho­tographed circa 1895 - 1905.

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