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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

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

Image courtesy Open2View

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.

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