& the Early Manawatu Landscape
explores the early history of local Maori Iwi and the dramatic changes European
settlement brought to both the natural and cultural environment within Manawatu.
Early European Settlement & Land Development
stories of the lives of early settlers in the Manawatu are told throughout the
Museum in an extensive display of artifacts, audio-visual displays, informative
descriptions and photographs. The history of the Manchester Block, bush clearance,
town planning, home-making, trade and agriculture are explored.
Horse Drawn Era
Vehicles & Historic Farm Machinery
The Museum has a comprehensive
display of horse-drawn vehicles ranging from heavy vehicles used to establish
the district, through to the social and commercial vehicles used by settlers,
traders and farmers. Historic farm machinery, agricultural equipment used by
farmers in the region are also included in the Collection.
Crawshaw John Deere
for all things
Deere’ has culminated in Otaki farmer Ferg Crawshaw’s
outstanding collection of historic John Deere tractors and machinery. Over 30
vehicles and machines have been painstakingly restored by one dedicated John
Deere man and are now proudly displayed for all John Deere enthusiasts to enjoy.
Four’ Tractor & Stationary Engine Collection
the rarest and internationally significant items of machinery in our Museum
collection can be found within the Spall Collection
an impressive private collection of restored vehicles and stationary engines,
including the rare 'Fitch Four' Tractor (one of only a few in existence world-wide).
Higgins Group Company Historic Vehicles
The Higgins Company
grew from a small, contracting business established in the Manawatu by Irish
immigrant Dan Higgins. It is now a leading New Zealand civil construction contractor
BequeSts, Donations or Gifts
The Trustees would be pleased and appreciative of any bequests, donations or
gifts of money to contribute to the ongoing growth and development of ‘The
Coach House’. Please identify the name and address of the donor and where a
donation is given towards a specific objective, please indicate the
accordingly - receipts will be returned to the donor.
Direct electronic banking is very acceptable.
Westpac Bank, Feilding
03 0626 0665370 000
post to the direct to ‘The MHVC Trustees’, PO Box 42, Feilding 4702,
The Manawatu Historic Vehicle Collection Trust
Charitable Trust No CC23886
IRD Number: 69-606-784
The IRD has registered The Trustees of ‘The Manawatu Historic Vehicle
Collection Trust’ with ‘Donee Status’ (trading name ‘The Coach House’).
PO Box 42,
Feilding 4702, New Zealand
121 South Street, Feilding 4702, New Zealand
When the ship Dunedin
left New Zealand on 15th February 1882 with the first shipment of
frozen meat on-board, she also carried a small quantity of frozen butter. When
the butter was then sold in England in perfect condition, dairy farming in New
Zealand was changed forever….
The story of dairy
farming in New Zealand is explored alongside the history of the Cheltenham Co-Op
the first dried milk powder production factory and very beginnings of the world
renowned global company Glaxo.
a Go & Climb Aboard!
are a number of interactive displays and vehicles throughout the Museum that
visitors may have a go or climb upon for a
experience - these are clearly identified. Museum carriages have in the past
been used for local parades and hired for special events.
has been set up as a ‘have-a-go’
display which activates a water pump and is very popular with children. The
is great example of volunteer ingenuity.
More Fascinating History
behind the Scenes…..
Feilding & District Community Archive plays an important role in receiving
and cataloguing donated community records, some of which were previously held
by the Manawatu District Council and Feilding Public Library, from 1875 to the