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Map of a surveyor's plan of Waitara including the Waitara West and Huirangi Districts. The plan shows the field of operations during the Taranaki Wars from 1860-1861 and highlights redoubts, battle locations, pa sites, and other important landmarks. The map is adhered to black card.
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PHO2009-117

Architectural plan for additions to the Steward's Stand for the Taranaki Jockey Club. Created by architects Messenger, Griffiths and Taylor in 1929.
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ARC2014-023

Architectural plans for alterations to the Totalisator House for the Taranaki Jockey Club. Created by architects Messenger, Griffiths and Taylor in 1929.
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ARC2014-022

Architectural plans for alterations and additions to McGruers building located on Devon Street in New Plymouth. The building was later used by Smith and Browns. The collection includes blueprints created by architects Messenger, Griffiths & Taylor in 1929 and plans created by architects Griffiths & Stephenson in 1936.
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ARC2014-006

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

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

Architectural plans for the proposed Barrett Street Nurses Home at the New Plymouth Hospital. Drawn in March 1918, by architects Messenger and Griffiths for the New Plymouth Hospital Board, Barrett Street New Plymouth.
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ARC2013-1555

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

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A small black notebook containing lined pages secured by two rusted staples. Inside front cover has 1916 and 1917 calendars. Inside back cover has a "Ready Reckoner and Marketing Table" and "POSTAL INFORMATION" section. First page has "15665 M. W. Beattie" handwritten and underlined in pencil. The remaining text is also handwritten in pencil and details the index and content of the following filled in pages. The subject matter is military and contains instructions and guidelines on handling equipment and techniques to use. Penultimate page has a pencil rubbing of a coin.
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ARC2013-1424

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

Two blueprint plans by architects Messenger, Griffiths and Taylor, for a commercial building on Rata Street, Inglewood, for Robert B. Young.
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ARC2013-055

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 and specifications for the Presbyterian Manse at 126 Gill Street, New Plymouth. Designed by Messenger, Griffith and Taylor, October 1920.
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ARC2013-035

Two architectural blueprint plans for alterations to residence No. 184 Gill Street for Mr. F. S. Butler by Messenger, Griffiths & Taylor, October 1922. Also includes 1pp correspondence from Messenger, Griffiths & Taylor to F.S. Butler regarding tenders received to carry out alterations.
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ARC2012-102

Architectural blueprint designed by architects Messenger, Griffiths & Taylor for the New Plymouth Savings Bank, 1929.
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ARC2011-087

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

Architectural blueprint for Ambury Memorial, erected beside the summit of Mt. Taranaki near Razorback Track at North Egmont.
On 3 June 1918 Arthur Hamilton Ambury, an experienced mountain climber, died near the summit of Mt. Taranaki while trying to rescue a group of stranded climbers. The gallantry of this attempt to save lives against almost impossible odds and the respect for Ambury as citizen and devoted Egmont climber brought a depth of feeling that has few parallels in Taranaki, especially as Ambury was the father of four young children. In October 1919 the Governor-General, Lord Liverpool, at a public reception in New Plymouth, presented Mrs Ambury with the Albert Medal with the words, “His Majesty the King has commanded me to hand to Mrs Ambury the Albert Medal gained by her late husband for very gallant conduct.” On Good Friday that year, 1919, the Mayor of New Plymouth unveiled the memorial, designed by architectural firm Messenger and Griffiths, at North Egmont. There are also a set of bluffs on the North side of Mt Taranaki which bear his name: ‘Ambury Bluff’ west of Humphries Castle.
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ARC2011-084

A large format manuscript map mounted on linen. Includes the survey blocks of Tataraimaka, New Plymouth, Fistzroy, Omata, Grey, Hua and Bell and shows the Wesleyan Mission Station, Hospital and Barretts Reserve also native reserves.
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ARC2010-213

Twelve plan illustrating changes to New Plymouth Harbour Board and works by various architects and engineers including Frank Messenger and H.V.S. Griffiths, New Plymouth architects, J.R. Rees, resident engineer for the Harbour Board and, George Rhind, Superintendent of Works at New Plymouth, 1880; 1881; 1884; 1897; 1920
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ARC2009-257

Hand drawn plan showing the streets of Okato, sections and names of occupiers. Undated.
598mm x 280mm
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ARC2009-188

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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

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
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