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Architectural plan for a residence in Fitzroy. Created by architect Frank Messenger for Mr. Western in January 1909.
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ARC2014-030

Architectural plan for a bungalow on Fillis Street in New Plymouth. Created by architect Frank Messenger for C. Denny-Brown in February 1913.
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ARC2014-029

Architectural plan for two cottages. Created by architect Frank Messenger for the New Plymouth Borough Council. Undated.
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ARC2014-028

Architectural plan of proposed residence for Mrs W.J. Shaw, located on 111 Gover Street, New Plymouth. Plan shows ground and drainage plan, foundation plan, first floor plan, elevations, cross section and staircase details. Drawn by architect Frank Messenger, June 1905.
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ARC2013-1564

Architectural plan and specifications of proposed residence for Mr E.R. Bean, located on the corner of Hobson Street and Gill Street, New Plymouth. Plan shows floor and drainage plans, elevations, cross section, interior joinery and window details. Drawn by architects Messenger, Griffith and Taylor, July 1921.
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ARC2013-1561

Poem titled ‘To Pee or to Pier’, relating to the 1997 plan to create a tourist attraction from a pier that would be linked to an oil rig anchored off New Plymouth. The satirical poem was distributed by fax throughout New Plymouth in November and December 1997. The author of the poem is unknown.

To Pee or to Pier
Now you’ve all heard of a scheme afoot for a pier out from Centre City
I hope that you will agree that this grand plan deserves a little ditty.
It seems that the lads from Townscape, just talking over a beer,
wanted to put an oilrig at the end of a concrete pier

They announced the plan on the radio and in the Daily News
important people were approached to ascertain their views.
Oilmen and fishermen and local Maori too
Whose permission was deemed vital to make this dream come true

The council ran a ratepayers poll …. 99 percent agreed
That an oilrig at the end of a pier, was exactly what we need
Everyone was consulted – not a dissenting voice was heard
DOC and OSH and Forest and Bird, never uttered a single word

Resource consent was granted – the monies quickly raised
the TSB donated heaps and they were greatly praised
Powerco came to the party – they’d provide the power
as long as their name, was all lit up at the very top of the tower

Then George and Warren from Townscape searched the world to find a rig
They found rigs on land and rigs on ships, but some were much too big
There were red ones, yellow ones too and some all covered in rust
They found the right one in Bass Strait, to have it was a must

The Westgate tug was dispatched at speed to tow the rig back here
Within a week the tug returned and sat just off the pier
It had in tow a lovely rig all painted for the occasion and
When Jenny Shipley arrived, she got a grand ovation

With the rig in place, the tourists flocked – the city started to boom
The shops were full of visitors – there was no doom and gloom
A little train took people out along the pier to see the rig
and a little girl was heard to sigh “Oh Dear, it’s just so big”

But then one night some roughnecks came to town from Maui B.
It seems they got upon the drink at a bar called Maloneys
They staggered out at 3am and headed for the sea
and all was going pretty well until they stopped to have a pee

When they looked up and saw the rig all lit up with light
they thought they were back at work and had to start that night
so they wandered out the pier and found a drill bit in a tin
and kicked the motor in the guts… and drilled the bugger in

They drilled all night and drilled all day and no one seemed to care
but when some busybody heard the noise I think they called the Mayor
the Cops arrived and then the Press which proved a perfect foil
They were just about to shut it down when they bloody well struck oil

Well out it gushed from the top of the rig all over Centre City
With rocks and oil and mud and gas the scene was far from pretty
With dollar signs within their eyes, the Council was elated
but Bev Raine changed that with a call “the town must be evacuated”

An urgent meeting was called that night, everyone was there,
the Police the Council and Civil Defence with Mayor Claire in the chair
with oil and gas still gushing out… no one knew what to do
as there were no valves in the rig to shut, they were really in the poo

Then Shagger jumped up and said “hang on… I’ve read about Red Adair,
I’ll blow her up to stop the flow.. this is neither here nor there”
So they all went down to the Farmers’ Co-Op and got some dynamite
they put Shagger in a Firemans suit and he slipped into the night

The oil and gas kept gushing as they looked into the gloom
but then at exactly 4a.m. there was a tremendous boom
The rig was gone … the flow was stopped but the view was pretty shitty
Shagger it seemed used too much and he’d blown up half the City

Another urgent meeting was called to talk about the mess
the bill would run to millions… it was anybody’s guess
But the Council were not worried they couldn’t understand the fuss
“We’ve had a Consultants report, the oil belongs to us.”

Now Shagger was a hero the Townscape boys were knighted
but the Council it turned out to be, were a little bit shortsighted
They didn’t own the oil that day that lay beneath the sea
The liquid gold was in fact owned by Fletcher Energy

Well now we have an oilfield where Centre City used to be
Even from the tallest hill you cannot see the sea
The moral of this tale of mine, is leave things as they be
and when you leave Maloney’s – Don’t stop to have a pee!!!
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ARC2013-1542

Plan and specifications for fittings for a new shop at Waitara for Mr. W.P. Snell, designed by Frank Messenger, May 1911.
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ARC2013-059

Plans for the residence of Mr Charles Butcher on the corner of Wickstead and Hursthouse Streets, New Plymouth. Designed by Messenger, Griffith and Taylor Architects, February 1927.
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ARC2013-037

Plan of residence for Mr L W Alexander of Okato showing floor plan, four elevations and cross sections. Built by John Healy and designed by Frank Messenger in 1895 . These plans are part of the contract documents. Also plans showing additions to the residence showing the floor plan, elevations and cross sections. 1902
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ARC2009-160

Ground plan and front elevation plans for the proposed additions to the residence, 1 Hine Street, New Plymouth for E. J. Morshead. Architect Frank Messenger. March 1908
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ARC2009-159

Original plans for the construction of offices for the firm of C T Mills, located on Devon Street, New Plymouth. Frank Messenger, architect. 1894
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ARC2009-154

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Original blueprints by Messenger Griffith & Taylor. March 1928 and additions to the CC Ward building including a new back portion and also plans for renovations carried out in 1985 by TSE Group.
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ARC2009-153

Plans showing floor plan elevations, cross sections and joinery details of residence for Mr C H Burgess at 7 Ridge Lane, New Plymouth.
Designed by Frank Messenger in 1897. Built by Boon Bros. Also plans of additions in 1900 and 1907 by Frank Messenger and a plan of stable and loft by Frank Messenger.
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ARC2008-234

Blueprint of a proposed house in Vivian Street for Dr. P. C. Davie. Includes North, west, east, south elevations; Ground floor plan; First floor plan; Section plan; Details of fittings: kitchen, passage cupboard, hall, drawing room; Site plan with path and future garage site.
Architects Messenger, Griffiths & Taylor. 1930
537mm x 723mm
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ARC2008-196

Blueprint for a house on Glen Almond Estate, New Plymouth for Dr G. Home. Includes North, east, south elevations; Section plan; Ground floor plan; First floor plan; Detail of kitchen fittings, dining room and bedroom 3.
Architects Messenger, Griffiths & Taylor. June 1924
573mm x 663mm
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ARC2008-195

Blueprint plan for a house on the corner of Wallace Place and Edgecumbe Street, New Plymouth. Includes site plan; Elevation to Wallace Place; East, north, west elevations; Floor plan; Details of fitments: kitchen, living and dining rooms.
Architects. Messenger, Griffiths & Taylor. December 1922
420mm x 625mm
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ARC2008-189

Blueprint for a house on the corner of Vivian and Brougham Street for Mr Frank Amoore. Includes Elevations to Vivian & Brougham St.; Ground floor plan; First floor plan; Section plan; South elevation; East elevation.
Architects. Messenger, Griffiths & Taylor. August 1921
527mm x 680mm
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ARC2008-188

Blueprint plan for a house at the corner of Morley and Vivian Streets, New Plymouth for Mr R Gadd. Includes North, east, west, south elevations; Cross section; Floor plan; Detail of verandah, gate; Garage plan.
Messenger, Griffiths & Taylor. September 1928
538mm x 985mm
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ARC2008-186

Blueprint plan for a house on Burns Street, Dartmoor (Westown), New Plymouth for Mr E R Bean. Includes South, east, north, west elevations; Section plan; Floor plan; details of fixed sashes & opening at sun porch; details of kitchen fittings; mantelpiece in sitting room.
Messenger, Griffiths & Taylor. December 1920
504mm x 654mm
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ARC2008-185

Blueprint plan for a house at the corner of Devon and Watson Street, New Plymouth for Mr P J Flanagan.
Plan includes Elevation to Devon Street; Elevation to Watson Street; West, south elevations; Section plan; Floor plan; Detail of verandah, kitchen fittings, mantelpiece in living room, bay window.
Messenger, Griffiths & Taylor. October 1921
543mm x 700mm
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ARC2008-184

Blueprint plan of a house at the corner of St Aubyn and French Streets, New Plymouth for Mrs S R Lovell. November 1922
Architects. Messenger, Griffiths & Taylor
437mm x 613mm
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ARC2008-180

Blueprint plan of a house in Gaine Street, New Plymouth for Mr A Adam.
Includes Front, west, back, east elevations ; Section detail; Floor plan; Verandah detail; Bay window detail; Mantelpiece (living room) detail.
Architects. Messenger, Griffiths & Taylor. March 1929
Contractor. J. Gifford
610mm x 465mm
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ARC2008-179

Blueprint plan for a proposed house on Belt Road, New Plymouth for Mr J Green.
Includes Front, north, west, south elevations; Cross section plan; Floor plan; Details of fittings in Scullery, Bedroom 3, Living Room and Kitchen.
Architects Messenger, Griffiths & Taylor. 1925
434mm x 660mm
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ARC2008-178

Blueprint plan for a house in Henui Road for Miss S E Hooper.
Includes Front, north, south, east elevations ; Floor plan includes electrical fittings; Living room fitments ; Kitchen fitments ; Detail cross section.
Architects Messenger, Griffiths & Taylor. August 1923
575mm x 420mm
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ARC2008-177

Blueprint plan. Includes North, south, east, west elevations; Floor plan ; Details of fittings in kitchen, dining and drawing rooms. April 1929
Architects Messenger, Griffiths & Taylor.
530mm x 690mm.
Accession No
ARC2008-176
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