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Joll's Boarding House Detail Circa 1890s.

Joll's Boarding House Detail Circa 1890s

Detail from circa 1890s view of Waitara

The northern portion of this two-storied building was constructed in 1882 as an addition to Samuel Joll's butchery shop (constructed sometime in the late 1870s or early 1880s) - it 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.

The building survived on this site until 1920

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 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

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Sid Soffe and 99 Inland North Road, circa late 1980s.

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