History buffs pay visit to Savage Cres

MATHEW GROCOTT
Last updated 12:00 08/11/2012

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A lawnmower drones in the distance as a group of history buffs listen intently to the story of the creation of Savage Cres.

Occasionally a car passes, but the street is generally quiet as about 20 people, and one dog, gather for a guided walk of Palmerston North's historic area of state houses.

The group were led by Margaret Tate in one of the activities in the city's Local History Week. The area is an important part of the city and country's history, she says.

"We think that Savage Cres is one of the most interesting of the heritage areas in Palmerston North.

"It's been particularly well preserved by the Palmerston North City Council."

The walk was one of two planned for Savage Cres during Local History Week - the second is on Saturday.

The week, running until Sunday, also includes lectures at Palmerston North City Library, film screenings and tours of Wharerata and Hokowhitu. On Sunday a picnic is being held at Caccia-Birch, with music and tours of the house available.

Houses in Savage Cres were built between 1938 and 1945. The area was the first state housing development in a provincial area, a Labour programme aimed at addressing a critical housing shortage at the end of the Depression in the 1930s.

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