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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.  

Paper toys are toys made of paper and are constructed in several ways, by folding, as in paper airplanespaper fortune tellers or Origami, or by cutting, decorating or assembling pieces of paper with glue or tape to create a paper doll or paper modelWith Boy's Own Annuals from 1895 and the turn of the century, through to modern day offerings, this exhibition represents the changes, or lack thereof, throughout the years of this form of entertainment.

This exhibition will run through to the end of February 2018.

Recipient of a 'Top 25 Most Popular Kids Activities for 2017' award


Some Examples from the 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.








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