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98 Pendarves Street 2017

New Plymouth Buildings

 

  

Cutfield Road 

Taranaki Street Names

 

 

Alpha Flourmill Stones

Heritage Sites and Features 

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

Taranaki Churches

 

1671 South Road Open2View

Oakura Buildings


 

NZ Wars Memorial

War Memorials of the  Taranaki Wars

Te Henui, New Walkway bridges

Friends of Te Henui

 

   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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65th Regiment on parade, Mount Eliot, New Plymouth (Puke .

Howard Street, near East Beach in Waitara, was named after a soldier killed in the First Taranaki War.

James Howard fought in the 65th Regiment of the British Army. These infantry troops took part in imperial conflicts everywhere from Massachusetts to Oman, with around 700 serving in Taranaki in 1860-61. Known as the "Royal Tigers", they were nicknamed the "Hickety Pips" by Māori. Soldiers of the 65th shared a mutual respect for the fighting ability of their Māori opponents, who it is said would often call out to British sentries on night patrol, letting them know when a ceasefire was

14 Octavius Place and 53 Buller Street, Whites Aviation, 1958.

A permit was granted to Alfred Smith on November 4th 1919 for the construction of a 'cottage' on Town Section 1300 (this is a mistake in the permit book, it should be section 1301) in Buller Street - Jones & Sandford were the builders and the house had an estimated construction cost of £800.

This house is thought to be the second dwelling constructed by New Plymouth firm Jones & Sandford.

Smith sold the property to Thomas Willson in July 1922 (who also purchased neighbouring 14 Octavius Place at the same time).

The house was one of three dwelings removed

14 Octavius Place and 53 Buller Street, Whites Aviation, 1958.

A permit was granted to Alfred Smith on June 21st 1919 for the construction of a residence on Part Town Sections 1286 & 1287 in Octavius Place - Jones & Sandford were the builders and the house had an estimated construction cost of £910.

This house is thought to have been the first dwelling constructed by New Plymouth firm Jones & Sandford.

Smith sold the property to Thomas Willson in July 1922 (who also purchased neighbouring 53 Buller Street at the same time), with Wilson listed as residing at the Octavius Place property until the 1943 edition of Wises Post

31 Waipapa Road 2019.

31 Waipapa Road 2019

2019 View: By Hamish Crimp

The early history of this cottage is somewhat unclear, although it seems likely that it was constructed by or for Walter John Morrison on Town Section 2077 (present site of 256 Courtenay Street) during the 1850s, and then relocated to neighbouring Town Section 2076 (present site of 250 D & E Courtenay Street) for Margery Kirkby during the early 1900s.

Skinner’s 1880 Map shows a cottage on the front of Town Section 2077, with DP1657,

Glamis Castle.

Glamis Avenue

Glamis Avenue in Bell Block was named after a Scottish castle that provided the legendary setting for Shakespeare’s Macbeth. Part of a 1975 subdivision in the area called Kingsdown, the avenue and other nearby streets were given the names of famous British fortresses to play on the association between castles and kings. The name Glamis (pronounced ‘Glarms’) is thought to come from the Scottish Gaelic word ‘glam’, meaning to devour.

Home to the Earls of Strathmore since 1372, Glamis Castle has long been connected with tales of

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