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98 Pendarves Street 2017

New Plymouth Buildings



Cutfield Road 

Taranaki Street Names



Alpha Flourmill Stones

Heritage Sites and Features 

Ararata Hall - 1910

Taranaki Halls

N P Cenotaph

Taranaki War Memorials WWI and WWII


Rowe, Henry

Plymouth Company Settlers

Waitara Post Office

Waitara Buildings


Cutis' Building

Inglewood Buildings


 Ngaere Co-op Dairy Factory

Taranaki Dairy Factories



Whangamomona Road Tunnel #1 - Northern Portal

Taranaki Tunnels

1 Ngatoki Street 2017

Urenui Buildings

St John the Evangelist

Taranaki Churches


1671 South Road Open2View

Oakura Buildings


NZ Wars Memorial

War Memorials of the  Taranaki Wars

Te Henui, New Walkway bridges

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Broadway Chambers 1923.

Broadway Chambers 1923

This two-storey building in Princes Street was erected in 1923 for Messrs Casserly and Corcoran. It was designed by the Hawera firm, Duffill and Gibson and the contractor was John Grant.

The ground floor was occupied by Urlich's billiard room and restaurant, a use which continued until 1959. The final owner of the business was Mr Sid Fache and after his death it was converted into an Auction Mart operated by Les Whalen and Larry Rolands.

The upper storey has always been offices. Bruce Murray and

Pukekura Park Boat Landing and Steps 2020.

Pukekura Park Boat Landing and Steps 2020

2020 View: By Hamish Crimp

At the March 1917 meeting of the Pukekura Park Board, it was reported that the boat landing in front of the band rotunda, comprising a set of timber steps, was in a very bad state, with it being decided that the secretary was to obtain an estimate for their replacement in concrete.

The following month, plans were submitted to the Board by architect Frank Messenger for the construction of concrete

Petrie's Building .

Petrie's Building

This two-storey building is located on a prominent corner (intersection of Broadway North and Regan Streets) at the roundabout as you enter Stratford from New Plymouth. 

It was erected in 1923-24 for the watchmaker, Mr John Petrie. The ferro-concrete building was another significant project for Stratford architect, John D.Healy. The contractor was the Auckland firm, Messrs J.T.Julian and Sons Ltd. The cost was estimated at £5,800 and construction was expected to take about six months. (Stratford Evening Post, 31 May 1923)

Perhaps construction was delayed, or took longer

D.J.Malone & Co. Building.

D.J.Malone & Co. Building

This single-storey building on the corner of Fenton and Juliet Streets was built in 1926-27 for the wine & spirit merchants, D.J.Malone & Co. 

It was designed by notable Stratford architect, John D.Healy. The Stratford Evening Post announced the news of the new building on 21 August 1926 and tenders were called for two days later. Healy made provision in the design for a second storey if needed at a later date. The building included a warehouse, bottling store, cordial factory and offices.It was later reported (Stratford Evening Post, 30 September

Bulkeley Terrace .

Bulkeley Terrace

Bulkeley Terrace runs between Morley and Weymouth Streets, overlooking Kawaroa Park. It was drawn up by Frederic Carrington on his earliest plans of the new town and named after Captain Charles Bulkeley, a director of the Plymouth Company.

The railway line was extended from New Plymouth to the harbour in the 1880s and the main goods station located on Bulkeley Terrace. Living in the cottages next to the tracks could prove hazardous as well as noisy – sparks from passing trains often caused nearby grass to catch


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