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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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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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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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Architectural plan for the Bank of New Zealand, Waitara branch. Unknown architect and date.
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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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Architectural plan of a proposed observatory for the New Plymouth Astronomical Society. Plan shows floor plan and elevation. Undated.
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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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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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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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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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Sound recording. Colin Methven Smith talks about his father’s experience in WWI, growing up in Opunake through the depression, being educated at Ardmore Teacher's College and working as a teacher in rural areas including Waitaanga, Whareorino and Ahititi.
Interviewer: Alison Robinson
Date: 22 July 2003
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Sound recording. Doug Tempero talks about his heritage, his father’s experience in WWI, his father’s life post-war, his childhood and adult life in Midhirst, Grouse Taylor, being a member of the Federated Farmers Committee and the Stratford County Council.
Interviewer: Alison Robinson
Date: 8 January 2004
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Sound recording. Recorded in two parts. In part one Leo Robertson talks about his childhood and family, working in butter factories around the Stratford district. In part two Leo Robertson talks about his cousin 'Grouse' Taylor.
Interviewer: Alison Robinson
Date: 8 February 1998
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Sound recording. Recorded in two parts, the first with Alison Robinson interviewing and the second with Joe speaking on his own accord. Part one, Joe talks about his childhood in Opunake, life during wartime, moving to Wellington to work on the Inter-Island Ferry, working as a deck boy on a cargo ship to London and his career building boats. Part two, Joe talks about boat building, competing in solo boat races and his experience sailing around the world.
Interviewer: Alison Robinson
Date: 15 July 2002
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Sound recording. Bruce Wells talks about his childhood, his experience in Napier during the 1931 earthquake, moving to Waverley to work on a farm, farming in Urenui, fighting in Italy for the RNZA during WWII and obtaining a farm in Huinga under the rehabilitation settlements scheme.
Interviewer: Alison Robinson
Date: 22 September 1994
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Sound recording. Jim Taylor talks about growing up in Upper Hutt, moving to Taranaki to work as a dairy farmer, sharemilking, pig farming, owning his own farm, selling up the farm to buy a bookshop and working for the Farmers Co-op.
Interviewer: Alison Robinson
Date: 27 September 2003
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Sound recording. Mick Herbert talks about working as a dairy and sheep farmer, managing a farm in Kohuratahi and working on the railway in Tangarakau.
Interviewer: Alison Robinson
Date: 12 March 1994
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Sound recording. Claude Hartley talks about growing up on a farm in Auroa, his deafness as a child, his difficult relationship with his father, leaving home at 13 and beginning a job milking cows, going into partnership with his brother farming and finally buying his own farm.
Interviewer: Alison Robinson
Date: 2 July 1998
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Sound recording. Lindsay Drinkwater talks about his grandfather, when his parents converted to the church, his childhood stammer, his conversion to the church of the Salvation Army, travelling to Papua New Guinea to work as a missionary for two decades with his wife Fay, working as the principal of the Brugam Bible College and working towards his Licentiate of Theology.
Interviewer: Alison Robinson
Date: 18 April 2011
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Sound recording. Jack Valentine talks about his ancestor’s arrival in New Zealand, beginning his career working as a cinema projectionist in Hawera, Normanby and New Plymouth, managing the Civic Theatre in Eltham, working in Auckland and working on the Last Samurai.
Interviewer: Alison Robinson
Date: 14 June 2003
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Sound recording. Jimmy Williamson talks about his life in Scotland and his family's immigration to New Zealand when Jimmy was 13 years old, working in Kaponga proving firewood to dairy companies, marrying his wife Evelyn Alice Warren, and starting his career as a stock agent.
Interviewer: Alison Robinson
Date: 20 October 2003
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Sound recording. Anna Butler talk about her own and her husband - Len Butler's Swiss family history, her family farm and growing up in Kaponga, their Mangatoki family farm, her life with husband Len and their children. Recorded on two separate occasions.
Interviewer: Alison Robinson
Date: Part one and two 11 July 2002; Part three 17 February 2003
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Sound recording. Jean King talks about her father Maurice King and his life in Tarata.
Interviewer: Alison Robinson
Date: 11 December 1996
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Sound recording. Jim Frandsen talks about his Danish heritage, growing up in Christchurch, moving to Kaponga for work as a builder, working at the Hawera County Council and farming in Kaponga.
Interviewer: Alison Robinson
Date: 17 February 2004
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Sound recording. Alan McPherson talks about his life in Stratford and his friendship with Ernie Matthews from Moeawatea.
Interviewer: Alison Robinson
Date: 6 May 2004
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