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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 fine residence [has been] built for Mr A. B. Waldie, a home, I believe, replete with every modern convenience, including electricity".

See: Taranaki Herald, 27 November 1913, page 8; Taranaki

John Elliot's House 2018.

John Elliot's House 2018

2018 View: By Hamish Crimp

This house was constructed about 1875 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 gifted

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

Tenders for Waitara Freemason's Hall, TH 21 May 1913, page 7.

Waitara Freemasons Hall Open2View

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This reinforced concrete hall was constructed in 1913 for the Sir Donald McLean Lodge.

The Lodge called for tenders for the building in late May and early June 1913. 

The building is currently (May 2018) for sale.

Tenders for Waitara Police Station Alterations and Erection of Lock Up, TH 1 May 1911, page 7.

This wooden building was constructed in 1911 as Waitara's second lock-up. 

In late 1910, it was decided to make alterations to the Waitara Police Station, and to erect a new lock-up to replace Waitara's first lock-up, constructed in 1875. Tenders for this work were called for in May 1911, and construction is thought to have been completed later that year. The building has three snall rooms, the two end rooms were cells, and the central portion was used as an office until 1938, when new premises were built.

The 1911 lock-up served Waitara for a number of decades before the

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