Topic: New Plymouth Courthouse

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The present New Plymouth Courthouse in Robe Street was opened 3 April 1967. The first Supreme Court session in the new building commenced on 25 May 1967.

Foundations for the building were laid in 1964, tenders called in March 1965 and construction began in September 1965. The Architectural Division of the Ministry of Works was responsible for the design.

Additions and alterations were carried out in the late 1990s, this time it was organised by the Works Consultancy Services Ltd.

The linked article "Fascinating trials recalled" provides some background to the courthouses that preceeded the present one. The most notable was the previous one - also on Robe Street - built in 1895 by Mr. G. Cliff.

The linked report from the Taranaki Herald in 1950 (Courthouse plan...) indicates just how long the quest for a new courthouse had been going on.

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