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Two (from a set of seven) architectural plans for a dining block and maids quarters at New Plymouth Boys High School. Scale: 1/8 inch to 1 foot. Thomas Bates, 30 November 1938.
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ARC2017-323

Architectural plans for a new business premises for Newton King Limited located on the corner of Gill Street and Currie Street, New Plymouth. Created by architect Thomas Bates. Undated.
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ARC2014-071

Architectural plans for a business premises on Devon Street in New Plymouth. Created by architect Thomas Bates for the Taranaki Amusements Limited in June 1937.
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ARC2014-034

Architectural plan of a cottage to be erected on McLean Street in New Plymouth. Created by architect Thomas Bates for the New Plymouth Borough Council on 27 September 1920.
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ARC2014-026

Architectural plans for the alterations to the Currie Street premises of the Taranaki Daily News Company. Created by architect Thomas Bates in July 1937.
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ARC2014-019

Architectural plan and specifications for a proposed warehouse in New Plymouth. Created by architect Thomas Bates for Goldwater Brothers in November 1924.
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ARC2014-017

Architectural plans of proposed building for the Bank of New South Wales on the corner of Devon and Currie Streets in New Plymouth. Created by architect Thomas Bates in 1925.
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ARC2014-012

Architectural plan for the alterations and additions to the Y.M.C.A and Y.W.C.A building located on Powderham Street in New Plymouth. Created by architect Thomas Bates in 1934.
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ARC2014-011

Architectural plan for the proposed office for State Fire Insurance located on Egmont Street in New Plymouth. Created by architect Thomas Bates in 1922.
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ARC2014-010

Architectural plan for the Bank of New Zealand, Waitara branch. Unknown architect and date.
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ARC2013-1576

Architectual plans of proposed office building for the New Zealand Insurance Company Limited, located on Devon Street West, New Plymouth. Drawn by architect Thomas Bates. Undated.
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ARC2013-1572

Architectual plans for proposed residence for Dr David Blackley, located on 32 Vivian Street, New Plymouth. Drawn by architect Thomas Bates, September 1929.
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ARC2013-1569

Architectural plans for the Taranaki Club, located on the corner of Queen, St Aubyn and Young Streets, New Plymouth. Drawn by architect Thomas Bates, 1921.
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ARC2013-1557

Architectural plan for a garage for the New Plymouth Borough Council. Plan shows floor plan, front elevation and cross section. Drawn by architect Thomas Bates. Undated.
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ARC2013-1551

Architectural plans of the alterations and additions to the New Plymouth Post Office and Clock Tower on the corner of Devon, Robe and Silver Streets New Plymouth.
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ARC2013-1550

Architectural plan of a proposed observatory for the New Plymouth Astronomical Society. Plan shows floor plan and elevation. Undated.
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ARC2013-1549

Architectural plans for an opera house, museum, concert chamber and municipal chamber for New Plymouth. The building was to straddle the Huatoki River and was never constructed. Undated.
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ARC2013-1548

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

Two plans for a factory building for Messrs Fashions Ltd, Buller Street, New Plymouth. Plans created by Duffill, Laurenson & Townsend and Graeme Laurenson & Associates, circa 1950.
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ARC2013-1206

Architectural plans for a warehouse for John Avery Ltd, Currie Street New Plymouth. Drawn by architect Thomas Bates, April 1919.
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ARC2013-056

Original plans for the construction of the New Plymouth Opera House by Thomas Bates, circa 1924.
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ARC2011-137

Proposed architectural plan for the combined butter and cheese factory at Kaupokonui Cooperative Dairy Factory. The plan was designed by architecture firm Rough & Duffill in 1911 after a portion of the Kaupokonui factory was destroyed by fire in 1910.
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ARC2011-085

Plan of a proposed maternity home at 55 Gover Street, New Plymouth for Mrs Ellis (known as Sister Ellis) showing ground and drainage plan, first floor plan, elevations and cross section drawn by Thomas Bates 1928.
Built in 1928 by Boon Brothers and named Timata Ora, the house operated as a maternity hospital until 1957 when it was closed and converted into a private residence. The home is currently run as Timata Ora Bed & Breakfast.
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ARC2009-169

Architectural plans for the Patea branch of the West Coast Refrigerating Company Limited. Created by architects Duffill and Gibson in 1918, 1919 and 1921.
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ARC2005-79

Plans for the West Coast Refrigerating Company Limited located between Albion Street and Princes Street in Hāwera. Created by architects Duffill and Gibson in 1918 and 1921.
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ARC2005-78
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