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Ararata Hall - 1910

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 Ngaere Co-op Dairy Factory

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58 Victoria Road 2017.

58 Victoria Road 2017

2017 View: By Hamish Crimp

This attractive corner bay villa was constructed in 1909, and was originally the home of New Plymouth businessman James Scanlan and his family.

This area of Town Belt C was originally subdivided into smaller suburban sections for J. C. George in 1893. Allotments 19 and 20 at the corner of Victoria Road and George Street were later purchased by Mrs Mary Lewis, who had them subdivided in April 1909. 

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Moir Street.

Moir Street is on the northern edge of Eltham. The land was owned by one of the town’s earliest settlers. However it wasn’t always an obvious area for a housing development.

The early growth of Eltham was restricted by large areas of surrounding swamplands, one to the east, and the Ngaere swamp to the north. The difficult land meant the earliest settlers preferred to establish themselves elsewhere. Fewer wanted to go to Eltham and its environs.

Not George Moir however. He had arrived in New Zealand in the mid-1800s. A blacksmith by trade, he lived in Whanganui, then Normanby, before

A permit was granted to dentist Herbert V. Lunn on the 1 September 1922 for the construction of a house on Lot 1 of 12, Smith Street (later renamed Huatoki Street) - Lunn was listed as the builder, and the estimated construction cost was £750.

This attractive villa residence was for many years the home of William George Berridge and his family. 

Berridge seems to have shifted to Vogeltown about 1907-08, and it is thought the present villa was probably constructed around this date - Berridge first appears as residing in Vogeltown in the 1909 edition of Stones Street Directory. 

A rating book for 1913 notes the value of the property as £26.


This attractive bungalow was originally the home of ironmonger Leslie Robert Little and his family.

A permit was granted to Leslie Little on the 19th November 1914 for the construction of a house on Lot B, George Street - the estimated construction cost was £598.

Leslie had married Miss Isabel Clara Ward in 1908, and both spent the rest of their lives living in the house. Leslie died on 20 November 1942 and Isabel on 26 June 1957; both are buried in New Plymouth's historic Te Henui Cemetery. 


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