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NZ Carrying Company Depot.

NZ Carrying Company Depot

Cropped Image by Mike Gooch

This unassuming building is likely the only surviving stables in  New Plymouth's CBD. Stables were once a common sight around New Plymouth, and served an important function for visitors travelling to New Plymouth.

The building's facade has been altered considerably from its original form and is now almost unrecognisable from early photos. However, restoration is possible, and would signifcantly enhance the street appeal of this important building. 

Michael Jones operated the Criterion Stables in the King Street building from at least 1908. The 1908 Cyclopedia

Onslow Place.

Onslow Place 

Onslow Place is a short cul-de-sac in Merrilands, near Te Mete Park. In 1976 it was judged New Plymouth’s best street.

There were six finalists for the prestigious title and the residents of the winning street were justifiably proud. “It’s what we’ve been aiming for” said one of the residents, and it was this sense of pride and teamwork that clearly impressed the judges.  

The notable achievement was the result of 10 years hard work. In December 1966 Mr R.A. Warner submitted his plan for the

Strandon House circa 1890-1900, Magic Lantern Slide.


Strandon House, The New Zealand Graphic, 05 January 1910

The date of construction is unknown, however the house appears to date from the later decades of the Ninteenth Century - possibly built in several stages, and with a substantial refurbishment undertaken in 1917. 

The house was located approximately half-way up the present day Strandon Place, where an area of level ground can still be distinguished. In the circa 1910 photo of Strandon House (linked), the rear gable of the villa at 436 Devon Street East can be seen in the

Gairloch Wreck.

Gairloch Wreck

The Bow of S.S. Gairloch 

The bow of the Northern Steamship Company's S.S. Gairloch - wrecked in 1903 - may be seen on the beach a few kilometres west of Oakura.

The vessel was launched at Glasgow in 1884. She was designed for a stock, goods & passenger service for the west coast ports between Onehunga, and Nelson.

On 3 January 1903 under master, Captain Arthur Austin, she left Onehunga with a general cargo but with no passengers. Having called at Raglan & Kawhia, Gairloch made

International Volunteer Headquarters (97-99 Devon Street West).

International Volunteer Headquarters (97-99 Devon Street West)

This building was erected in 1966 for Mr & Mrs A. Hartley. The original plans indicate the coffee lounge (Aladdins) was on the ground floor and offices were located on the upper level.

A building permit was issued on 26 September 1966, with an estimated cost of £14,000. The architect was Edgar T.Collins and the contractors were H.F.Snowden Construction.

Later the building became the retail outlet, 'Ski & Sports Centre'. In 2016 the architects, Boon, Goldsmith Bhasker Brebner designed new office premises in the space for the


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