The entire Dictionary
of New Zealand Biography is online. Searchable and
with the full text entries. Not just the famous (or
infamous), but people like George Snelson, the father and
first Mayor of Palmerston North.
Cemetery records for Feilding, Halcombe, Kimbolton,
Pohangina, Rangiwahia, Rongotea, Sandon and Waituna West
can be accessed through the Manawatu District Council cemetery
Cemetery records including photos and headstone
transcriptions for two Levin cemeteries can be searched
via the library
cemetery database. More Horowhenua cemeteries will be
The records of the two Palmerston North cemeteries,
Kelvin Grove and Terrace End may be searched at the city
and Cremation database, as can cemeteries at Ashurst
and the Pahiatua district cemetary (strictly speaking in
the Wairarapa province).
Zealand have microfilm copies of some early (1815
onwards) Church of England records for the Kapiti (includes
some of Horowhenua) and Manawatu area at their Wellington
Head Office. The accession number is ADFD; MICRO 2792-2794.
"The Cyclopedia of New Zealand : industrial,
descriptive, historical, biographical facts, figures,
illustrations" published in 1908 in six volumes,
each big enough to choke a horse, is full of names,
biographical details and photos. Volume 6 contains the
Manawatu and Horowhenua province's entries.
Madeleine Morton has extracted the names of women
mentioned in the "Cyclopedia etc". This data is
available in the Massey
Page of New Zealand History' site has a collection of
transcriptions of names from early lower North Island
sources including directories and rolls. Some I've added
links to in these pages, many more are there to be
Index of names
that appear in G. C. Petersen's The Pioneering Days
of Palmerston North.
Index of names
that appear in A. G. S. Bradfield's Forgotten Days (a
history of Palmerston North).
The National Library Papers
Past collection has digitised copies of the Foxton-published
Herald (Aug 1878 to 1881, 1889 to 1900) and the Feilding
Star (1906 1909). There is no index for either
The Palmerston North library
has an online
index to the Palmerston North based Manawatu
Evening Standard from 1992 onwards. A card-based
index dating from mid-1900 to 1940 and 1960-1992 is
available in the library. If you ask very nicely (and
don't demand the entire history of a common name) I may
do a look-up for you. Email = a.c.midwinterATxtra.co.nz.
Replace the AT with @. The library has microfilm of the
Manawatu Evening Standard (dating from 1883) and the
Palmerston North free paper the Tribune