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98 Pendarves Street 2017

New Plymouth Buildings



Cutfield Road 

Taranaki Street Names


 Alpha Flourmill Stones

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 Taranaki Roll of Honour

N P Cenotaph

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Taranaki Freezing Works 1904 Moturoa Building 2017.

Taranaki Freezing Works 1904 Moturoa Building 2017

2017 View: By Hamish Crimp

This building is currently for sale and faces an uncertain future

Early on the morning of 10 May 1904, a large fire, originating in the factory's boiler room, completely destroyed the Taranaki Freezing Works at Moturoa. The wooden building was constructed in 1895 for the Taranaki Freezing Company Limited, which in 1901 became the Taranaki Producers' Freezing Works Company Ltd, a co-operative engaged in the sorting, grading, and refrigeration of butter and cheese collected from

Tenders for Honeyfield Cottages, TH 3 October 1901, p.3..

Moturoa Circa 1913, Auckland Libraries, by George Radcliffe

Circa 1913 view taken by George Radcliffe, with 43 Breakwater Road in the foreground. Image courtesy of Sir George Grey Special Collections, Auckland Libraries, 35-R957.

43 Breakwater Road is the only survivor of two villas constructed for W. J. Honeyfield in 1901-02 - the other home was located on the present site of 51 Breakwater Road. 

On 3 October 1901, New Plymouth architect John Arthur Maisey called for tenders for the construction of two cottages at

S.S. Wanaka Boiler Bell Block 2017.

S.S. Wanaka Boiler Bell Block 2017

S.S. Wanaka boiler on Puketapu Reef, Bell Block Beach, November 2017: By Hamish Crimp

The 491 ton S.S. Wanaka was built in 1876 at Whiteinch, a Scottish City on the River Clyde, by shipbuilders T. S. Wingate and Co Ltd. The Union Steam Ship Company of New Zealand took ownership of the vessel later in 1876, and the Wanaka commenced service carrying goods and passengers on the west coast of New Zealand.

116 Cutfield Road 2017.

116 Cutfield Road 2017

2017 View: By Hamish Crimp

permit was granted by the Borough Council to H. Rowe on 4 November 1927 for the construction of house on Section 7 of U, Corner Wallace Place and Cutfield Road - Rowe was the builder, and the estimated construction cost was £700.

A permit was granted by the Borough Council to Mrs Bendall on 1 November 1927 for the construction of house on Section 4, Corner Doralto Road and Govett Avenue - McIntosh and Haylock were the builders, and the estimated construction cost was £800.


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