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Pink Ribbon Breakfast
Pink Ribbon Breakfast

9.00am on Sunday 14 October,
tickets available at the Coach House Museum

Vintage Camera Collection

Camera Display
Edwin Mandahl's Collection of Photographic Equipment is currently on temporary display.  Come and have a look at this extensive collection which also includes some amazing local photos.

Plastic Toys of Yesteryear

12 December 2018 - February 2019
Continuing the theme, this year's Christmas display looks at toys made
of plastic - from Bakelite through to the compounds of the 70s & 80s.
Barbie Pool Party
Have a look in the storage boxes in your attic or garage! If you have
some of your own, or your children's old plastic toys and are willing
to lend them to the museum for this display please drop them
off at the museum [clearly labelled with the owner's name and return
address or contact phone number to ensure their safe return].

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On long term loan .....

we have three new items on display [from left to right] - a half size model of a S. E. World War 1 bi-plane which was constructed by Arnold Curtis;  a 1924 Douglas Special motorcycle [which is unique in that it has been fitted with a Douglas aircraft engine] restored by a local collector;  and a 1927 Indian Prince Racer motorcycle, which raced in Palmerston North from 1927 to 1934 and is owned and has been restored to its original racing configuration by a local collector.   And to make up the trio, a 1926 Douglas motorcyle has joined our exhibition.     

                     Douglas Motorcyle

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, and the beginnings of the world renowned global company Glaxo.  When the ship Dunedin left New Zealand on 15 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.
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 enthusiasts to enjoy.  The collection is based around those early tractors and implements produced 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.

Feilding's Community Archive is co-located at the Coach House Museum;  the Feilding and District Community Archive plays an important role in receiving and cataloging 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 computerised database 'Past Perfect' is available.