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Steam crane latest addition to Woodville Tractor Museum.
Glen Lett has just added an 81-year-old steam crane, the only one in private ownership in New Zealand, to his Woodville museum.

We are looking for a volunteer to go through all our horse harness and sort to match our five horse drawn vehicles. It is all in a big pile and we don't know what we've got

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Dannevirke Museum

Fashions of Yesteryear at Family Reunion: Mr and Mrs Noel Galloway model clothes worn by their ancestors at a fashion parade at Mr A.V. Galloway's farm at Mahar...ahara, south west of Dannevirke, at which members of the Galloway family gathered. The fashion parade was part of a programme to mark the reunion of family members. 27/1/1969.

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Pahiatua and district pics old and new. added 4 new photos.

Four photos from the official opening of the Woodville's new Railway station. Opened by the Minister of Railways J.K. McAlpine on the 25th July 1966. The projec...t included a new station building, the construction of a one & a quarter mile loop line, the extension of the station yard and an entirely new signaling system. The new 141 x 36 ft station is of timber frame construction with concrete block veneer for much of the exterior finnish and extensive use has been made of glass to impart a bright and airy aspect to the neatly attractive structure. (
Text & pics from official opening programme).

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Dannevirke Museum

Train at the Manawatu Gorge, Woodville end. 1894.

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Dannevirke Museum

Manawatu Gorge at Woodville end, with the Ballance bridge in the background. At start of 20th century.

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Pahiatua and district pics old and new.

There are not many old photos of the Woodville railway Station around but here is a great old post card of the original Woodville Railway Station in it's early day.

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Pahiatua and district pics old and new.

Although the Manawatu Gorge speed limit was only 15 miles per hour back in the 20's perhaps you still needed to stop for a cuppa & a puff on the pipe or ciggy to read the whole sign properly ! .
Ernest Davis and motorbikes, Manawatu Gorge 1920-29.

We will be open on Sunday 19 November from 11am until 2pm. Entry by gold coin donation.

We will be open Labour Weekend Saturday at 11am when we expect the 300 motor homers staying at the racecourse to pay us a visit. All welcome - gold coin donation.

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Going..going..GONE !. Goodbye old Ballance Bridge
The Ballance bridge at the eastern end of the Manawatu Gorge was designed by James Fulton and opened by the ...Premier, Richard John Seddon in 1904 & the same day he also opened the new Woodville Post Office . This bridge was built using a double intersection Pratt truss with a small version at the south end, in a combination of steel and wood. The bridge was demolished 23 February 1972 and blown to smithereens as seen in these rare photos.

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We are very grateful to Pub Charity for a donation towards the two new heat pumps installed in the museum this week by Sedco. I can say with hand on heart the museum building is the warmest it has been at this time of year since 1887. Come and try it out on Sunday - it is a balmy 18 degrees in there now.

We are open this Sunday between 1pm and 3pm. It would be great if Woodville locals could come down and give your views on how we should reshape our museum for the future. See you all there?

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Manawatu Gorge settlement 1900 and toll bridge, In the days when gorge workers lived very close to their job. (Woodville end of the gorge).