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Egmont A & P Association Building.

Egmont A & P Association Building 

This single storey brick building was erected in 1923 by the firm Hobbs & Baker. The Hawera & Normanby Star reported (30 October 1922) on a general meeting of the Egmont A & P Assn. where it was decided not to engage the architects Duffill & Gibson, but instead to accept the tender (£1797) of Messrs Hobbs & Baker for the construction of the building.  

In 1994 the building was demolished to make way for a supermarket. However the

Hawera Star Building.

Hawera Star Building 

The Hawera Star building on the corner of Regent Street and Little Regent Street was built in 1912-13. It has been associated with the newspaper industry for over 100 years.

In April 1912 advertisements appeared in the Hawera & Normanby Star calling for tenders "for the erection of offices in reinforced concrete in Regent Street for Hawera Star". The tenders were to be lodged with the well-known Hawera architect, J.A.Duffill, so it is likely he designed the building. The newspaper reported on 18 January 1913 that machinery and plant were being moved into the new premises.

Chestnut's Building.

Chestnut's Building 

This two-storey building in High Street, Hawera, was built in 1915 for Mr R.Chestnut. The architect was J.A.Duffill and the builder was Harry Lewis.

Little is known about Mr Chestnut, although it seems likely to be Robert Chestnut who in 1900 is listed as a bootmaker of Hawera. On the 1905 electoral roll his occupation is given as farmer and he had moved to Mairoa, near Te Kuiti. Perhaps the Hawera building was an investment opportunity? He died in 1919, aged 58, and was buried in the Te Kuiti cemetery.


Campbell's Building.

Campbell's Building 

This two-storey concrete building in High Street was built in 1912 for Mr Malcolm J.Campbell. It was designed by noted Hawera architect, Mr J.A.Duffill, and the contractor was Mr J.W.Tong.

Mr M.J.Campbell settled in Hawera in 1872 and eventually established his own grocery business in 1897 (this date appears on the outside of the building). One of his sons, James Ernest Campbell, was Mayor of Hawera from 1933 until his sudden death in 1939. 

It featured in the Hawera Town Centre Heritage Inventory, 2003 where it was noted that the building has the unusual

Welsh McCarthy Building.

Welsh McCarthy Building 

This building on the corner High Street and Albion Street in Hawera was built in 1911 for the lawyers, Richard Dawson Welsh and Bernard McCarthy.

It was designed and built by local man, Ernest Arthur Pacey, at an estimated cost of £1,400.

Over 100 hundred years later the building is still home to the legal firm, Welsh MCarthy.

The Hawera Stockade was erected on the same site about 1870 (a small plaque on the side of the building acknowledges this early history) and was used for a number

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