Topic: Thomson Residence (93-95 Hamlet Street, Stratford)

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Thomson Residence (Puke Ariki collection ARC2004-1779)

                                                          (Puke Ariki collection ARC2004-1779)

This residence on Hamlet Street was built for the Stratford lawyer, Percy Thomson soon after he arrived in the town to set up his legal practice. 

It was designed by the prominent Hāwera architect, John A. Duffill, in 1911. The contractors were Messrs J. Ryan and Son and the the contract price was £879.00.

In 1924 the Stratford Evening Post (8 November) announced a garden party was to be held in the grounds of Mr Thomson's property and that "he has one of the finest show of rhododendrons in the Dominion, and the grounds have many other beautiful features".

Percy Thomson lived in the house until his death in 1962 - see linked topic for more about him.

Plans and specifications held by Puke Ariki (ARC2004-1779).

The house is surrounded by trees and no longer visible from the road - see aerial phtograph below:

Aerial view of Thomson Residence (93-95 Hamlet Street).

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Thomson Residence (93-95 Hamlet Street, Stratford)