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Visiting Exhibitions currently on display
at the Coach House Museum

Courtesy of a local private collector, five vintage Harley Davidson motorcycles are currently on display.  Including a 1926 Harley Davidson "peashooter"
racing machine and a top of the range Harley Davidson J from the same year, these motorcycles have been lovingly restored over a number of years.

This exhibition closing on 27 October 2017
 

Up and Coming Exhibitions, Events & Stories

 
 


 

Paper Toys of Yesteryear

Following on from our 2015 and 2016 Christmas exhibitions of "Wooden Toys of Yesteryear" and "Metal Toys of Yesteryear", for 2017 we are completing the trilogy with paper toys.   The Exhibition Display Team would love for you to dig through those old favourites packed away in the garage, loft, or under the spare bed and loan us suitable items for this display.

Phone (06) 323 6401 or email the Exhibition Team with details.

 

 
 

Items from the Permanent Collection

The Coach House Museum is home to an outstanding collection of New Zealand heritage, showcasing over 140 years of rural history.   There is 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 and agricultural equipment used by farmers in the region, and settler lifestyle displays from the horse drawn era and beyond can be seen.  

One of 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). 

                       

The story of dairy farming in New Zealand is explored alongside the history of the Cheltenham Co-Op Dairy Factory the first dried milk powder production factory and very beginnings of the world renowned global company Glaxo.  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

 
 

Our depiction of Kitchener Park - Awahuri Forest, brings you
native bird calls, the sound of running water, and surveyors
talking around their campfire.

 

Our Exhibition Team is currently working to enhance this
exhibition, through the inclusion of replica native birds and their songs.
 

 
   


A passion for all things ‘John 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.

 

The collection is based around those early tractors and implements produced by John Deere during the late thirties, forties, and early fifties.  Two trips were made to the USA to acquire five additional tractors, one of which is very rare, to fill out the collection.

 

 
 

 



 

In addition, a large set of John Deere model replicas
can be found on display in the museum's foyer.
 
 

Peter Kerouse and his Tinker's Van in September 1957 at Taikorea. 

 

This Hawker's Van was built for Peter in 1900 who travelled the roads of the Manawatu [and beyond] selling everything from "a needle to an anchor".  

 

Pulled by a single horse, the van can be entered through canvas flaps at the back, and there's room for a single person to sleep along the centre aisle.

 
 

Community Archive

   
 

Co-located at the Coach House Museum, the 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 present day.  The Archive is open to the public every Thursday, from 10am to 4pm, and at other times by appointment when access to the Archive's computerised database 'PastPerfect' and document photocopying services are available.

 
 


 

 

 
 

                                           

 
 

 

Manawatu Historic Vehicles Collection Trust                -

 
 

121 South Street, Feilding, Manawatu, New Zealand   *   Open 7 Days 10am - 4pm   *   (06) 323 6401