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Waitara Police Station (Former) 2019.

Waitara Police Station (Former) 2019

2019 View: By Hamish Crimp

This building was constructed about 1940 as the Waitara Police Station - It served this purpose until the 1980s when the property was sold.

This property was purchased by the Police Department from W. Wilkes in December 1910; at the time of purchase there was a large villa residence on the property which was retained.

During 1911 alterations were made to the villa residence, with a new lock-up (now

7 Warre Street 2019.

7 Warre Street 2019

2019 View: By Hamish Crimp

The exact construction date of this house is unclear, although it was in existence on this site by at least 1895, with the house present in a photograph taken that year (Puke Ariki C.3.11).

The house has been substantially modified, with the exterior now plastered, the veranda enclosed, and original windows replaced with aluminium. 

See: CT TN2/41

Drynan's Building 2018.

Drynan's Building 2018

2018 View: By Hamish Crimp

This two-storied timber building was likely constructed during the 1890s by Thomas Shaw Drynan, who had owned the property (Pt Section 1 of Block 96 Waitara West) since 1878. 

At various times Drynan was a builder, undertaker, farmer, storekeeper and mayor of Waitara.

The 1990s NPDC heritage inventory notes a construction date of 1897, although it gives no evidence for this date. Photographs show the building was certainly in existence

Waitara Hotel 1913, Auckland City Library Collection.

Waitara Hotel 1913, Auckland City Library Collection

1913 view by Frederick George Radcliffe, Auckland City Libraries Collection

Established during 1867 with Thomas Leedom as proprietor, the Waitara Hotel was originally located at the corner of High and Queen Streets (Section 2 of Block 65 Waitara West), near the heart of Waitara's original commercial centre. 

In June 1872 the first Waitara Bridge was completed and Waitara's commercial centre began to shift towards McLean Street - the main road north from New

Joll's Boarding House Detail Circa 1890s.

Joll's Boarding House Detail Circa 1890s

Detail from circa 1890s view of Waitara

The southern portion of this building was constructed for Samuel Joll in 1879 as a butcher's shop.

The northern portion of the building was added in 1882 as an addition to the original butchery shop - The building was later used as a boarding house. 

The architect for the additions was Ed Wickham and the builder a man named 'Wilson' - the construction cost was £390.

4 Browne Street Waitara Mortgagee Sale TH 4 November 1882 page 3.

This single storey timber house was very likely constructed in 1882 by/for Thomas Rowe. 

Soon after construction Thomas encountered financial difficulties and the house was advertised for sale by auction by 'order of the mortgagees'. 

An advertisement in the Taranaki Herald described the house as: "Section 7, Block 104, Raleigh West, with new Villa Residence, late the property of Mr. Thomas Rowe, and being one of the best buildings in Waitara".

The house is a very early example of a Waitara 'villa', with the high stud and placement perpendicular to Browne Street (facing north) being key

Hall-McCaul House 2019.

Hall-McCaul House 2019

2019 View: By Hamish Crimp

This one-and-a-half story cottage was constructed by Benjamin Hall as his family home in 1882. Benjamin Hall married Fanny Isabella Bennett in 1873 at Binbrook, Lincoln, England. They emigrated to New Zealand aboard the Clarence, arriving in the Hawkes Bay on 05 January 1875. They resided in Auckland for a time, before relocating to Taranaki, where in August 1882, Benjamin purchased the southern portion of Section 122, and the northern portion of Section 121, Waitara West District; the sections were

Waldie Homestead 2019.

Waldie Homestead 2019

2019 View: By Hamish Crimp

This attractive square plan transitional style villa was constructed for A. B. Waldie in 1913-14 - the architect and builder is currently unknown.

In November 1913, the Taranaki County Council granted permission to Waldie "who has purchased a property on the Richmond Road, Lepperton, to put in 15ft of 6in concrete pipes in the water-table to improve the entrance".

In February 1914, The Herald's Lepperton correspondant reported that a "notably

John Elliot's House 2018.

John Elliot's House 2018

2018 View: By Hamish Crimp

This house was constructed during early-1871 for prominent Waitara resident John Elliot and his family and is one of the oldest surviving buildings in Waitara. 

Sections 16, 17, 22, 23, 27 & 28 of Waitara East District were originally granted to early settler Peter Elliot in the 1860s. As Peter Elliot principally resided in New Plymouth, and farmed at Hurdon, Upper Westown, he doesn't appear to have ever occupied the land, and from

Te Puke Awa.

Te Puke Awa

Taranaki Daily News, 15 October 2015

This large single-storey homestead was constructed for Harper Brison Lepper and his family in the late 1890s or early 1900s. 

The land on which the house stands was originally granted to Colonel Maxwell Lepper (for whom Lepperton is named), in recognition of his services in the Taranaki Wars. The land then passed to Colonel Maxwell's son Charles Maxwell Lepper, who subdivided the land, and conveyed this portion to his brother, Harper Brison Lepper, in

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