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From the Stacks - Archive of the Month
Minute books are considered the most important of all archives - even if everything else is missing, the minutes provide a record of all council decisions, policies and precedents.
This book is one of a handful of records that survived a fierce fire that destroyed the county offices on the 9th February 1898. Key records had been stored in a fire proof safe, whose contents were found to be charred, but mostly intact..
The Manawatu Herald was scathing of the quality of the safe, noting “Between the iron linings the packing was of Oregon pine, a class of shoddy workmanship that one might have expected to find had the safe been “made in Germany”, but not by a respectable English Firm.”
Regardless of those issues, we are fortunate that this book and other records survived; otherwise we would have an irreplaceable gap in the archives today.