Feilding Herald : January 12th 2012
23 THURSDAY, JANUARY 12, 2012 SETTLERS' DAY An Old Fashioned Picnic in the Square Saturday 21st January • 10am-1pm • Manchester Square Feilding & Districts Historical Society invites you ... to pack up a chilly bin and head to e Square to enjoy a day of family fun and entertainment Steam Train Rides Taste A Slice Of The Worlds Longest Apple Shortcake Savour An Historic Sausage Morning Tea Thrill To The Skirl Of The Scottish Pipes Cookie Caper Check Out The Rat In The Drain Pipe Test Children's Games And Activities Delight In The Spit And Polish Of The Vintage Cars Spinners Test Yourself At The Chain Stepping and Pitching Horse Shoes Golf Croquet Traction Engine Rides Feilding Art Centre Open Decorated Bicycles And Tricycles at 11am Be Da ring, Dress In Period Costume. Prizes For Dressing Up Have your photo taken in vintage theme Activities and Entertainment Activities & Entertainment for the whole family 4288534AA 4296546AA Original Settlers Cottage Own your own piece of Feilding history says Sandra Crosbie LOCATION It is fitting with Settler's Day soon to be celebrated, that one of Feilding's original settler's cottages is being marketed for sale. While this Camden Street home fits the proverbial description of 'cute', it is also filled with history. Built circa 1870, the Victorian four-cell cottage is pretty close to being in its original size. Because of this factor, it is registered with the NZ Historic Places Trust. The Emigrants and Colonists Aid Corporation, which locally was led by Arthur Halcombe, constr ucted the cottage. The cottages were built to house new settlers and cost between 20 and 22 pound -- and that included an acre of land. All of the cottages were built within a mile of the town centre. Evoking a southern English feel, the pitched gabled roof, verandah and sash windows create quite a picture. The timber weatherboards appear to be in good condition considering their age, and many of the original features inside the home, remain, including the panel doors and some architraves. Of course, the white picket fence at the front of the property frames the home like a picture. Our early settlers worked hard developing their new hometowns and their wee cottages would have been their haven. This Camden St home will also seem like a haven to someone who enjoys living minimally and possibly by themselves. By modern-day standards, the living space is small. The entire home covers just 60sqm, which is the equivalent of some contemporary home's living room. Although only such a small floor area, the home has two bedrooms, both with large sash windows and a decent size kitchen, which opens into the snug living area. The heat pump in this room would easily heat the whole house. There is still some scrim on the walls, which could be replaced in time to create some nice even walls. The kitchen has good work surfaces and plenty of storage including a decent pantry. It also features a new oven. In the lean-to at the rear of the home is a small bathroom, which features a bath and shower overhead. The home also has a separate toilet and an area for laundry facilities. Outside the home, is a good 579sqm fenced section with plenty of room for developing cottage, vegetable gardens or an outdoor living area. The single garage has a high pitch roof and could be developed further if not required for car parking. It would be lovely to see this home restored to its former glory and enjoyed by someone who can appreciate its significant history. Racheal Manning of Professionals is marketing this home for sale. Racheal can be contacted on 0800 54 83 77 or 027 201 8381. Unique parade of vehicles on January 21 SETTLERS' DAY Settlers' Day connection with Coach House. It is appropriate that this year Settlers' Day in Feilding will conclude with a parade of vehicles being trans- ferred from the Coach House museum to the new museum building in South St.When Colin and Helen Trotter returned after a stint teaching in the United States 17 years ago, they called a meeting and formed the Feilding and District Historic Society. Settlers' Day is the organisation's main event. The society was approached to help with the storage and display of a collec- tion of 30 historic horse-drawn vehicles stored in various sheds across Mana- watu, by the Manawatu Society for the Preservation of Horse Drawn Vehicles. The Manawatu Historic Vehicle Trust (MHVT) was formed and Mr Trotter headed the team which bought and converted a former Bowen St fac- tory into the Coach House Museum. The first thought was to also include a collection of historic racing cars. It was decide however, with the assistance and advice of Manawatu Museum, to limit the display to the horse-drawn era. Other examples of life in this era were also included. The Coach House opened on Settlers' Day January 22, 2000. A history of dairy factories in the district was collected by the late Grahame Guy, who had extensive knowledge of the museum and tales of the era. The museum was also given a large collection of John Deere tractors and agricultural machinery. The success of the museum and the addition of the Community Archives, meant the museum outgrew the Bowen Street building. On Saturday January 21, the same day as Settlers Day, the first of the collection is to be ceremonially trans- ferred to the new building. Just how many of the vehicles will move under their own steam, under horse-power or man-power, has yet to be determined, but a selection of the wagons, drays, sulkies, governess carts, tractors and other historic vehicles will travel through town in an event which is unlikely ever to be repeated. The timing is fluid' according to MHVT chair Brian Hunter but is expected to take place in the early afternoon as the activities of Settlers' Day are coming to a close.
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