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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.

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Tenders for Wesleyan Parsonage at Waitara, TH 30 August 1884, page 5.

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