Who We Are
Started in 1994, we set out to correct local recorded history. In 1995 our first “Settlers’ Day” celebrated the arrival of the first selected Manchester Block settlers on 22 January 1874. We published its shipping list. We helped establish the “Coach-House” Horse-Drawn Vehicle Museum. Currently we’re finding, collating and publishing details of soldiers who perished in WW1.
Monthly, usually on first Sundays (except January) at 4pm with afternoon tea. Since venues are members’ homes, it’s best to phone to verify details. Suggestions for guest speakers, club projects and newsletter content are always welcome, as are new members!
FDHS published SWAMPS, SANDFLIES AND SETTLERS (Manchester Block early settlement). Then in 2008 THE LAST SPIKE (photographs of the completion of North Island Main Trunk Line 100 years previously, with text and anecdotes). During 2012-3 the 7 books of the KIWI KIDS in2 HISTORY series retold true early stories of Manawatu and Lower Rangitikei. Robyn Corpe published MAKINO MEMORIES. Contact FDHS for any of these publications.
Two Costume Soirees featuring period costumes created by Lianne Rowe (High Tea and entertainment). Book Launches, History Trail, Royal Occasions, museum visits. Some members join outings with Historic Places Trust.
Visit the Information Centre in Manchester Square (or its website). There are numerous parks, and a wonderful panoramic view from Highfield Road. At the Coach House museum, Manawatu residents may collect a Resident’s Card giving them free access to the Coach House, or the Rugby Museum in Palmerston North, if accompanied by a paying friend.
Feilding & Districts Historical Society
Phone: 06 328 6892
Gael Mandahl, 7 Westwind Place, Feilding 4702
Phone: 06 323 4689
John Logan, 8 Kimbolton Road, Feilding 4702
Phone: 06 323 3929
Annual membership is $20 individual and $35 couple. Post subscriptions to the FDHS Treasurer. Your email address and phone number will help us keep you advised.