Topic: 'Flaxlea'/Sheppard Residence, 233A Carrington Street (1900s)

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This attractive villa residence was the home of New Plymouth builder James Horder Sheppard and his family. 

Sections 23, 24 and 25 of the Town of Tironga, were purchased by Sheppard in the early 1900s. They were advertised for sale during February 1904 on account of Sheppard leaving the district - there was no mention of a house on the sections at this time, so a post February 1904 construction date can be assumed.

It is unclear if Sheppard left the area, but the sections did not sell, and were retained by him. He constructed the present house later in the 1900s, and remained living there until his death on 13 August 1943, aged 83 years; he is buried in New Plymouth's historic Te Henui Cemetery.

A 1912 rates book for Hurworth Riding notes Sheppard as the ratepayer for Sections 23-25 Tironga Town, and at this time the property was valued at £51.

The property seems to have been called 'Flaxlea', with the earliest reference to this name being 1913. 

See: Taranaki Herald, 13 February 1904, page 5; Taranaki Herald, 13 September 1913, page 1

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'Flaxlea'/Sheppard Residence, 233A Carrington Street (1900s)

City:New Plymouth