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John Elliot's House 2018.

John Elliot's House 2018

2018 View: By Hamish Crimp

This house was constructed in 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

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

Tenders for Waitara Lock Up, TH 22 May 1875, Page 3.

This wooden building was constructed in 1875 as Waitara's first permanent lock-up.

The Provincial Council called for tenders for building a lock-up at Waitara in May 1875, and the building is thought to have been constructed soon after - although the successful tenderer is currently unknown. 

The lock-up was originally located on Police Reserve land, Part Section CXVI Waitara West, near the corner of Stafford Street and West Quay (now part of the meatworks site).

In 1910 it was decided to make alterations to the existing police station, and to construct a new lock-up - much of the Police Reserve

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