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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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Trimble Place.

Trimble Place 

Trimble Place in Bell Block was named after an early Taranaki politician.

Born in Northern Ireland in 1824, Robert Trimble immigrated to the United States when he was 21 but moved back to North West England to act as the British partner in an American linen importing firm.  A radical liberal, Trimble was secretary of the Manchester Emancipation Society and a strong supporter of the northern forces during the American Civil War. He wrote several anti-slavery pamphlets and was presented with a silver medal for his work

Broadway Buildings 1926.

Broadway Buildings 1926 

This two-storey concrete building in Stratford's main street was erected in 1926 for a syndicate of business owners trading as Broadway Buildings Ltd.

A block of shops on the same site, owned by the syndicate, were destroyed by fire in September 1925. Early the following year the site was cleared and work began on the present building. Mr J.D.Healy was the architect and the contactor was Mr J.W.Boon. The gound floor housed three shops and the upper floor was divided into offices, including a boardroom for company meetings.

The Stratford Evening Post reported on 18

Manoy's Building.

Manoy's Building

Adolph Manoy arrived in New Zealand in 1904, settling first in Motueka. He moved to Stratford in 1909 and set up a small drapery store. The business was a success and in 1914 he moved to new premises on the site of the building above.

In 1923 Mr Manoy went into partnership with Mr William Hoskin. The two men formed a limited liability company, Manoys Ltd. The business continued to prosper and in 1925 the building above was erected. The architect was Mr V.S.Griffiths of New Plymouth and the contractor

DP 2622.

Neve Place in Strandon is one of just a few streets in the city named after a woman and is a relatively new street in an old part of New Plymouth.

The street was formally part of Mahoe Street which had been divided by the development of the northern outlet in the early 1980s. The northern part of Mahoe Street kept its name, but the southern section was renamed Neve Place.

The development of an expressway through this section of New Plymouth was first proposed in the 1950s, but the project did not get underway until 1981. It was officially

Municipal Buildings 1916.

Municipal Buildings 1916 

This two-storey building on Broadway was officially opened on 8 June 1916 by the Mayor, Mr Jos.W.Boon. It was designed by local architect, Mr J.D.Healy and the contractor was Mr. J.L.McMillan from Wellington. The building was completed on budget for very close to the contract price of £8792 10s.

The foundation stone had been laid on 18 November 1915 before a large group of local citizens. The stone, 2ft x 15 inches (60 x 38cm), was a slab of greenstone hewn from a quarry near Greymouth on the West


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