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No-license campaign (temperance movement) propaganda leaflet titled 'Wanted, A Bright Boy'. Recto depicts a dishevelled man wearing a sign which reads "Wanted a bright boy to take this man's place apply to any drink-seller wholesale or retail". Printed by T. E. Fraser, Bedford Row Christchurch.
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ARC2016-087

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Two copies of The Waitara Press, 1882.
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ARC2016-059

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Three copies of The Waitara Press, 1883-1884.
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ARC2016-058

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A New Zealand Red Cross senior division elementary section certificate awarded to Miss Muriel Foot for home nursing, on 24 April 1943.
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ARC2016-036

Bound copies of various Ordinances relating to Taranaki, from the year 1863. Including: Loan Ordinance; Town Board of New Plymouth Ordinance; Sanitary Board Ordinance; Dog Nuisance Ordinance; Military Occupation Ordinance; Compensation Commissioners Ordinance; Scotch Thistle Ordinance; Omata Road Ordinance; Building Over Streams Ordinance; Scab Ordinance; Appropriation Ordinance.
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ARC2015-064

The New Zealand Gazette Extraordinary, 2 April 1860. Including Browne's proclamation of 31 March 1860 regarding the Ōmata murders, reprinted in English and Māori, with a notice in English from Colonel Gold of 2 April warning that Pākehā residing in native districts without official permission would be treated as 'rebels'. Printed by G.W. Woon.
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ARC2015-063

Printing plates for the last copy of the Taranaki Daily News printed onsite at the New Plymouth office. From 18 May 2015 printing of the Taranaki Daily News was permanently shifted out of the region to Fairfax Media’s printing press in Petone. Includes front page (page 1) and magazine article about the printing changes (page 15).
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ARC2015-057

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A collection of Beer Duty stamps that were purchased by the Taranaki Brewery. The donor’s father was the chief brewer, H.N. Johnson.
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ARC2015-056

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This SAR log book is a diary of events of the search and rescue field headquarters team. At each point in a search and rescue operation events were logged, so that everyone involved knew what was happening throughout the rescue operation. This system has since been superseded by an electronic log system.
David Rawson referenced this log book for event logs in his book ‘Search’, including the Hawke’s Hoax case and Ross Dawes case (longest unrecovered body on Mount Taranaki).
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ARC2015-044

A ticket for the Waipapa toll gate issued by the Clifton County Council for a motor car on 11 January 1920.
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ARC2015-043

Papers relating to Sydney George Smith during his time as a Member of Parliament for the Taranaki electorate and The Amalgamated Society of Railway Servants.
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ARC2015-015

One plan of the subterranean men’s public toilet to be built in Brougham Street, New Plymouth. Signed by Borough Engineer C. Skitrop. Undated.
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ARC2015-004

Documents from the New Plymouth City Council Public Relations Office, 1955-1981.
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ARC2014-134

Scrapbooks collected by the New Plymouth City Council Public Realations Office relating to the subjects of industry, historical, hobbies and promotional related newspaper clippings from or about New Plymouth.
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ARC2014-132

Records for the New Plymouth Group, New Zealand Riding for the Disabled. Records include meeting minutes, annual reports, newsletters and scrapbooks.
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ARC2014-099

Records for the Friends Plus/Nga Hoa Apiti Trust. Friends Plus was a charitable trust that provided visiting and shopping services to the house bound and socially isolated in Taranaki. The group was formed in 1933 and wound up in 2013.
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ARC2014-004

Architectural plans of extensions to the printing and publishing office of the Taranaki Herald building for W.C. Weston. Drawn by architect W.J. Prouse, Wellington, in May 1932.
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ARC2013-1566

A set of 16 blueprint engineering plans for the New Plymouth Tramways Westown Extensions 1912.
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ARC2013-1530

A supplement to the Auckland Weekly news 1 February 1890 titled 'Fac-Similes of Proclamations by Governor Hobson'.
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ARC2013-1445

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A collection of newsletters written by Geoff Clareburt, 1992-2012.
Geoff began handwriting the newsletters to his son, Alban, who was studying at University. Later they were typed, and he sent them to others, including his two other children, James and Rachel, his sister, Susan Day, and brother and sister in law, Peter and Shirley Read. The newsletters, called 'General News’, were written weekly and include information about family activities, and events happening locally and nationally. Collection also includes a bound book titled 'General News 2011' which includes the most significant newsletters from the year 2011. Geoff's daughter Rachel began having a selection of her father’s newsletter bound every year, beginning 2007.
The collection also includes two travel journals, 1968 and 1969, for the time Geoff spent overseas, travelling and teaching in England, Canada in Sydney.
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ARC2013-1422

Five plans for the New Plymouth Borough Council Comprehensive Sewerage Scheme. The plans show the route of sewerage pipes and the method of taking the sewerage pipes over the Te Henui river.
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ARC2013-047

Four blueprint plans of the subterranean men’s public toilet to be built in Brougham Street, New Plymouth. All plans are signed by W H Cook, Borough Engineer.
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ARC2013-045

An extract to the Taranaki Herald reporting on A Lecture on Freedom and Moderation delivered by W. W. Collins at the Theatre Royal New Plymouth, 1 September 1899.
Collins spoke under the auspices of the Liberty League and his address focused against the social movement of Prohibition, encouraging those in attendance to vote against it at the upcoming election.
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ARC2012-115

In the 1950s Howard Wright started his own engineering business in a small workshop underneath his house in New Plymouth. At first he mostly made things out of wrought iron, like balustrades for stairs. Wright constructed his first hospital bed after a local nurse approached him asking if he could make one to match those available overseas. It wasn't long before he realised he could in fact do a lot better using the latest hydraulics. In the early 1960s he opened his first dedicated hospital bed factory.
By the 1970s Howard Wright Limited was making and selling most of the hospital beds in New Zealand, but it was the innovative M4 bed in 1976 that gained international success. Howard developed the idea of using remote hydraulic pumped at the foot of the bed to raise the bed surface. The M4 bed placed Howard Wright Ltd at the forefront of hospital bed design. The M4 was followed by the equally innovative Pacific Shower Trolley which was made to speed up the bathing of patients, won a Designmark Award and was exported to more than 25 countries. The Equipoise Intensive Care Bed was also exported and has saved many lives by allowing X-ray procedures to be carried out on the critically ill, without having to move them from the bed. Other inventions included general ward beds, a paediatric bed, a patient lifter, concealment trolley, variations on operating tables, and other custom-designed equipment for healthcare professionals.
Outside of his manufacturing business Wright designed the New Plymouth City flag in 1986 and also became an honorary ambassador for New Plymouth in 1990. In 2011 he was awarded a New Zealand Order of Merit in the New Year honours list for his outstanding work in designing and manufacturing hospital beds.
Order of service for the funeral of Howard Stanley Wright held at W. Abrahams Chapel, 4 April 2012.
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ARC2012-076
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