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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

Poster. 'Koru: Fabric Artists'. Exhibition poster for exhibition held at Taranaki Museum, February 14-March 17. Depicts artwork displaying koru pattern.
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ARC2018-074

Sketch plan for the New Plymouth Cenotaph. Unknown maker and undated.
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ARC2014-137

Architectural plan showing the first floor of the War Memorial Library, Museum and Hall created by architects Taylor and Collins in April 1956. Areas on the plan have been annotated with the locations of museum exhibits for the Taranaki Museum.
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ARC2014-062

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 plans for the Taranaki Jockey Club created by architect Frank Messenger in 1909, 1912 and 1913.
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ARC2014-021

Architectural plans for London Chartered Bank of Australia new premises at Swan Hill, Melbourne. Created by Melbourne architects Oakden & Kemp in July-August 1892, possibly by Frank Messenger during his time working there.
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ARC2013-1588

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

Architectural plans for a premises on Egmont Street for E. Griffiths and Company. Drawn by architect Frank Messenger, September 1906
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ARC2013-1573

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 of the East End Fire Station to be shifted to Fitzroy. Plans show the original and altered floor plans and cross sections. Drawn by architect Frank Messenger. Undated.
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ARC2013-1554

Architectural plan for the proposed dining room addition at the New Plymouth Boys High School. Plan shows elevations, cross sections and ceiling plan. Drawn by architect Frank Messenger, December 1911.
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ARC2013-1553

Plans for the proposed Central Fire Station located on Liardet Street New Plymouth. Drawn for the New Plymouth Fire Board by architect Frank Messenger, April 1914.
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ARC2013-1552

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

Architectural drawing for the Kawaroa Band Rotunda, signed by architect Frank Messenger, April 1903. Shows front elevation and ground plan.
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ARC2013-1533

Architectural plan for additions to commercial premises Morey & Moore's building, King Street New Plymouth. Drawn by Frank Messenger, July 1905.
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ARC2013-1531

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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

A collection of media articles and some ephemera for Taranaki artists, collected by Alison Robinson. Collection is indexed alphabetically by surname of the artist.
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ARC2013-1420

Plan and contract for proposed additions to the Omata Halll, designed by Frank Messenger, undated.
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ARC2013-060

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
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