Topic: Corrigall's Bookshop, 66-68 Devon Street East

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Corrigall's Bookshop 

This two-storey building at 66-68 Devon Street East was probably constructed in the late 1890s or early 1900s. It seems Robert Gilmour's "Ready Money Store" operated from the building from about August 1900 until February 1901 - when Gilmour was declared bankrupt. 

Catran then moved his stationery business here in 1903 from a shop on the north side of the Devon Street hill. Jim Corrigall bought the business in 1911 and the family name was to be linked with bookselling, and this building, for nearly one hundred years.

Corrigall's Bookshop 1938 (Puke Ariki collection)

1938 View: Fred B. Butler, Puke Ariki Collection

Jim Corrigall died in 1921, aged 32, leaving his widow Bertha and young son Jack to run the business. Additions to the shop were carried out in 1949 adding an extra 1110 sq feet (338m) of floor space. These alterations were designed by noted New Plymouth architect, Thomas Bates.

Jack Corrigall remained with the business until he retired at the age of 78, in 1984. In turn his son, Ian, took over the business until it was sold in 2003.

The store still sells books and stationery, now under the name of "Paper Plus".

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