Topic: Ruawai Co-operative Dairy Company - 1915

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SH 12, Ruawai

Ruawai Co-op Dairy Factory 

Ruawai Dairy Factory

Photograph: 2013

Proposed Architect: John Duffill, Hawera

Plans in Puke Ariki Coll - ARC2004-1491 (See Web link below)

Tenders from builders for the Duffill factory were called for in September 1914 (See Document below)

According to McLauchlan, Gordon: The Northland Co-operative Dairy Industry (1996) the company's bank "baulked at the price" of the Duffill plans and the building was "reduced in size". (See quote below) Ruawai has also been attributed to the Hamilton architect, F C Daniell. It does seem that the factory depicted in McLauchlan (See Image below) is very similar in style to Daniell & Cray's Tuakau & Te Aroha West factories and it appears that the Duffill plans were completely rejected and the company then employed Daniell as architect.(REL, 2016)

From:McLauchlan, (1996)

"The lowest tender came from  a company in Hawera.... The price was £4364 for a six-vat factory with plant for making both cheese and butter. The bank baulked at the price so the butter plant was dispensed with and the prospective building reduced in size. The final deal was for £4200, including a house for the manager."


"The recently-erected cheese factory and manager's bungalow residence form the latest additions to Ruawai architecture. The official opening of the factory is being arranged for a date suitable to the Prime Minister, who is to be the principal guest of the occasion." (N Z Herald, 23 March 1915)

(No record has yet been found of the opening ceremony).

 The Ruawai company closed the 1915 factory and moved their operations to a new factory at Jellicoe Street, Ruawai in 1955.


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Ruawai Co-operative Dairy Company - 1915

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