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Cas Palace (Photo News 18 March 1960).

Cas Palace (Photo News 18 March 1960) 

This two-storey building was located at 5 Devon Street East - just up the hill from Currie Street on the north-side.

It was erected in 1876 for the drapers, Cosgrave & Co.,  and traded as the 'Cash Palace'. A detailed description of the building can be found in the attached web-link.  

When the building was demolished in 1960 the Taranaki Herald reported that the old building had an "interesting history". The stone wall visible in the photo above was said to have been built by the stonemason, Phillip Moon,

Westpac Bank Building 2016.

Westpac Bank Building 2016 

This four-storey office block was erected in 1987-88 for the Westpac Banking Corporation. It replaced a T.H.Bates designed building (see linked topic), which was demolished in April 1987.

New Plymouth firm, Quattro Design Group Ltd., were the architects and the contractors were Fletcher Construction.

The building was officially opened by the Mayor, Mr.David Lean, on 16 May, 1988.

Bank of New South Wales.

Bank of New South Wales 

In July 1881 the Taranaki Herald reported that the Bank of New South Wales had purchased a vacant section on the corner of Devon and Currie Streets for £17 10s per foot - described as "the cheapest piece of land in the centre of the town that has been purchased for some time".

Tenders for the construction of the new bank were not called for until December 1882 and construction commenced in 1883. The building was designed by the Christchurch firm of architects, Armson, Collins and

Egmont Chambers.

Egmont Chambers 

This two-storey building in Fenton Street was built in 1920 for a recently amalgamated firm of solicitors.

It was announced in the Taranaki Daily News on 10 November 1919 that Messrs. Spence and Stanford would amalgamate with Messrs. Rutherford, Macalister and Coleman once new premises were erected in Fenton Street, "between the National Bank and Mr.Newton King's machinery department."

Tenders were called for by the architect, John D.Healy in December 1919 and the Taranaki Daily News reported in January 1920 that the contract had been let to the Stratford builder, Mr W.Simmons. The estimated cost was

The Sunken Island - A Maori Legend 1887.

Archibald Hood

Archibald Hood 


Archibald Hood arrived in New Zealand as a Sergeant-Major with the Royal Artillery in 1861 and was later awarded service medals for Crimea and New Zealand. He was discharged in New Plymouth after a military service of 21 years. 

As an R A veteran he was selected to unveil the Royal Artillery hatchment at St Mary's in 1909 (See Documents below) He died, aged 89 [tombstone] or 87 [death notice] 2 January 1913 and is buried, with his wife Mary, in Te Henui


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