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DP1815 Tukapa.

This transitional style villa was constructed for cabinetmaket Albert E. Goodacre in 1914-15. It was originally located at present 28 Tukapa Street, Westown.

A permit for the construction of a residence on Lot 9, Tukapa Road [sic], was granted to A. E. Goodacre by the Borough Council on the 17th of December 1914 - the estimated construction cost was £500.

Albert Goodacre first appears as living at this location in Tukapa Street in the 1916 edition of Wises Street Directory, and last appears in 1926. From 1927 until the mid-1930s, seedsman Arthur Robert Davis is listed as the occupier, and

This attractive residence was constructed in 1915 for solicitor James Henry Quilliam, partner in the long established law firm Govett & Quilliam. 

A permit was granted to Quilliam by the Borough Council on the 25th of February 1915 for the construction of a residence in Vivian Street - the estimated construction cost was a massive £1000. 

The architect is not listed in the permit books, but may have been local partnership Sanderson & Griffiths (James Sanderson & Horace Victor Griffiths), who advertised for tenders for the construction of a residence in Vivian Street during January 1915. A search of the

DP5247 Courtenay.

This bungalow was constructed for Walter J. Reading in 1930, and was originally located at 161 Courtenay Street (150 in old numbering).

On the 13th of October 1930, a permit for the construction of a house on Part Town Section 1471, Courtenay Street, was granted to W. J. Reading by the Borough Council - the contractors were Girling & Gemmell, and the estimated construction cost was £987.

Another permit was granted to Reading on the 22nd of May 1936 for the installation of a bay window - W. L. Thompson was the contractor, and the estimated construction cost was £19.

DP5247 Courtenay.

This bungalow was constructed for clerk Percy Shepherd in 1934, and was originally located at 159 Courtenay Street (148 in old numbering).

On the 21st of June 1934, a permit for the construction of a house on Part Town Section 1471, Courtenay Street, was granted to Mrs V. E. Shepherd by the Borough Council - the contractor was J. H. Shepherd, and the estimated construction cost was £500.

On the 6th of May 1972, the house (along with the house at present 63 Pohutukawa Place) was relocated to its present location in Bell Block.

This attractive double-bay corner villa was designed by noted New Plymouth architect Frank Messenger for retired farmer Walter Crump in 1909.

Messenger advertised for tenders for the erection of a residence at Strandon for Mr Crump during mid-June 1909.

Crump had previously resided in the historic nineteenth-century cottage at present 99 Inland North Road, Tikorangi. Despite moving into New Plymouth soon after the Ronald Street house was complete, he retained ownership of the Tikorangi Farm until his death in 1912. 

See: Taranaki Herald, 17 June 1909, page 3

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