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98 Pendarves Street 2017

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Cutfield Road 

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Alpha Flourmill Stones

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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

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1671 South Road Open2View

Oakura Buildings


NZ Wars Memorial

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Murray Street.

Murray Street 

Murray Street in Bell Block was named after British soldier George Freeman Murray. The son of a Lieutenant-General who owned a sugar plantation in Guyana, George was born in Canada in 1809 and joined the 65th Regiment as a teenager. He was made Captain when his father purchased his commission, a common practice thought to encourage loyalty as well as maintain the social exclusivity of the officer class.

Murray was posted to New Plymouth in 1855 and lived on Gill Street. The European population had just begun to exceed that of



Tupare is a Chapman-Taylor designed residence on Mangorei Road. The plans were prepared in 1932 for Russell and Elizabeth Matthews, a substantial private home in the traditional English-style design.

A clause in the specifications allowed for 'alteration' to the design and Chapman-Taylor agreed to work "...under instructions from Russell Matthews Esq. who will himself employ the workmen and supple the materials and will place the work under the controlof the Designer who will act as Architectand as Foreman in charge of the job. Therefore this Specification will take the

Taranaki Land Deeds Index I13 page 388, 231 Smart Road.

This attractive villa residence was likely constructed during the mid-1900s for Carl Sorensen.

Carl purchased the property on which the villa is located (Part Section D of Hua & Waiwhakaiho District) in March 1904 and appears to have had the present villa constructed as his family home soon after.

In 1906, Carl discovered on the property large deposits of high-quality Kaolin, a pure white clay for ceramics. These Kaolin deposits attracted considerable media attention and in 1908 the farm was sold to an international consortium who hoped to mine the clay from the property.

By mid-1908, a number of tunnels

99 Gover Street 2017.

99 Gover Street 2017

2017 View: By Hamish Crimp

This house was originally constructed as investment/rental property for William John Shaw in 1903, with the house extensively renovated during 1929.

William Shaw resided in the house at present 5 Rogan Street, and from 1890 owned a large area of land along Gover, Rogan & Gilbert Streets - this property included part Section P (now comprising Lot 2 of DP20617), on which the present house at 99 Gover Street is constructed.

56 Gilbert Street 2019 Open2View.

56 Gilbert Street 2019 Open2View

2019 View: Open2View

This house was one of two adjacent villas constructed as investment/rental properties for William John Shaw during 1900-01.

William Shaw resided in the house at present 5 Rogan Street, and from 1890 owned a large area of land along Gover, Rogan & Gilbert Streets - this property included part Town Sections 1686 & 1687 (now comprising Lot 2 of DP4140), on which the present house at 56 Gilbert Street is constructed. 

Although no building permit exists for the construction of this house as


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