The Coach House
Museum is home to an outstanding collection of New Zealand heritage,
showcasing over 140 years of rural history.
The collection includes
many restored historic vehicles, items of farm equipment and machinery and
settler lifestyle displays from the
Horse Drawn Era and beyond.
Maori & the Early Manawatu Landscape
The Museum 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
The special 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 Collection
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.
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).
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 business.
Higgins are important supporters of the Museum and have generously provided
the property to house the Museum’s
collections. A collection of historically significant Higgins vehicles have
been restored and are on display, including one of New Zealand’s
first road-making machines.
From Bush to Butter - The Family Dairy Farm
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 Dairy Factory–
the first dried milk powder production factory and very beginnings of the
world renowned global company Glaxo.
Have a Go & Climb Aboard!
There are a number of interactive displays and vehicles throughout the
Museum that visitors may have a go or climb upon for a
‘real’ experience - these are
clearly identified. Museum carriages have in the past been used for local
parades and hired for special events.
‘wim’ has been set up as a
which activates a water pump and is very popular with children. The ‘Wim’
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 present day.
The Archive collection includes:
Extensive photographic records of people and events
Private papers, clubs and society records
Personal biographies and diaries
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.
121 South Street,
Feilding, Manawatu, New Zealand * Open 7 Days 10am -
4pm * (06) 323 6401