James W. Chapman-Taylor files

A collection of files on Taranaki Chapman-Taylor houses, created and collected by Judy Siers as research for her book 'The life and times of James Walter Chapman-Taylor', published 2007.

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  Folder 1

Wilkinson's Castle. Research notes compiled by Judy Siers.

Book. Past tense : an exhibition at Vogel House 1986 : 4 centuries of furniture & the applied arts & New Zealand architectural drawings 1855-1985 / presented by Fletcher Challenge Limited & the Ministry of Works & Development. Catalogue of the exhibition, includes Chapman-Taylor plan for Wilkinson's Castle.

Article. 'One man’s castle' written by Debra Millar. Next, Aug 1991; n.6:p.22-27

Article. 'In the Grand Style' written by Keith Stewart. New Zealand House & Garden. September 1996; p.124-131

Correspondence from Russell Standish (biographer of C A Wilkinson)

to Judy Siers 29 September 2003. Includes laser images of the Wilkinson House, Eltham, Charles and Mabel and copy of Wilkinson family tree.

Laser copies of Wilkinson images supplied by Don Drabble.

Copy of land transfer of land at [Waiti], Pukearuhe.

Photocopy of newspaper article announcing the sale of the house at Wai-iti. Taranaki herald 19 April 1988.

Clippings. Wilkinson property auction. 22 April 1988

Copy of 'The story of Wai-iti (Little Springs) an article produced when Wai-iti was being developed as a holiday resort. Undated.

Photocopy of letter between Ian Besley and Alastair Buist re the buildings classification of 'The Castle'. 10 April 1991

Note regarding information from Linda Siddell about her grandfather Thomas White and friend Sam Topliss. 28 March 1993

Photocopy of page from Chapman-Taylor prime cost notebook detailing the building costs of Wilkinson House, also the starting date for construction, 9 September 1929.

Copy of newspaper article 'Father of Eltham' honoured in naming library site at Wilkinson Place. Stratford Press 22 November 2000

Photocopy of pages about Whakarewa Pa from 'History and traditions of the Maoris of the west coast North Island of New Zealand prior to 1840 by S. Percy Smith'.

Promotional card featuring a Chapman-Taylor image of House at Pukearuhe created by Judy Siers for the launch of her book 'The life and times of James Walter Chapman-Taylor'. 2007.

  Folder 2

Plas Mawr. Research notes compiled by Judy Siers.

Photographic reproductions of two pages from 'Progress' magazine. February 1914 featuring Plas Mawr. [p.153 The Life and Times of James Walter Chapman-Taylor]

Photocopy of land transfer certificate for the land at 26 Standish Street and research notes on the various changes in ownership.

Photocopy of images and text from the Plas Mawr album held at the Auckland University Architectural Library.

Article from the Taranaki Herald Weekender. 13 Sept. 1975 'Adzed woodwork has character'. Describes the Arts and Crafts furniture style and David Collins of New Plymouth who creates furniture using this method. Images of Pas Mawr. Photocopy.

'Notes on Plasmawr'. Typescript from Margaret Russell (former owner) 17 January 1977.

Letter. To Judy Siers from Susan Jennings (former owner) memories of Plas Mawr. 14 April 1977

Article on Plas Mawr. Sunday Express 27 May 1979.

Auction notice and article. Taranaki Herald 29 June 1979

Article on Chapman Taylor exhibition at the Taranaki Museum. 1979. Shows child sitting in a Chapman-Taylor chair. Taranaki Herald 3 July 1979. Annotated with note from Judy Siers regarding purchase of the chair.

Copy of notes from Geoffrey Thornton, Architect, August 1983.

Letter to G. Armistead from C Ross, NZHPT notification of the classification of Plas Mawr. 20 Nov. 1989

Copy of report from NZHPT on Plas Mawr. 30 Nov. 1989

Article. 'The small house'. The Daily News. 6 Jan. 1990

Auction catalogue and notice. Plas Mawr. Auctioned 11 February 1995

Letter and copies of images from Linda Tancred, Taranaki Museum to Judy Siers. 31 July 2002

Article from NZHPT website on Plas Mawr. Accessed 17 May 2004

Letter. To Ruth Harvey, Puke Ariki from Geoffrey Thornton granting permission for deposit of two transparencies of Plas Mawr into the collection. 30 August 2010

  Folder 3

Tupare. Specifications. House for Russell Mathews Esq. Undated. c.Jan. 1932

Pencil drawing from a C-T sketchbook that appears to be an early design for Tupare's glass panel [plate515]

  Folder 4

Tupare. Research notes compiled by Judy Siers.

Colour photograph prints of the hand coloured original plan held at Tupare, New Plymouth [plates 513 and 514]

Copy of letter from Russell Mathews to C-T outlining the necessity to abandon the building of the original structure. 1 August 1933

Research notes on the sourcing of wharf files from Opunake.

Copy of pages from Industrious Heart / J S Tullett reference to Russell Mathews and Tupare.

  Folder 5

Riverside. Research notes compiled by Judy Siers.

Photocopies of pages from C-T's estimate book relating to costs for House at Inglewood. 1922 [plate 390]

Letter. From C-T to Mr Death regarding the construction of the house (faded condition). 17 July 1956 plus transcript.

Typescript. List of owners of Riverside compiled by Mary Mills, 1976. Annotations by Judy Siers.

Notes on H.W. Climie, Surveyor.

Letter. To the Town Clerk, Inglewood, 19 Jan. 1977. Requesting information on R.D. Climie.

Letter. From Rita Ashton, 9 Feb. 1977. Confirms ownership of Riverside.

Letter. From Sydney Grant, 10 Nov. 1977. Information about Clime and Son, consulting engineers.

Letter. From Geoffrey Thornton, 18 June 1995. Information about H.W. Climie.

Letters. From Steph and Steve Patterson to Judy Siers. 1992-1998

  Folder 6

Rosanagh. Research compiled by Judy Siers.

Three Tylor family photographs developed from negatives loaned by the late Jim Taylor [ex Rosanagh farm]. Image of Rosanagh homestead, a family group and a 1st decade pupil from Ngaere School.

Photographs developed from negatives loaned by the late Jim Taylor [ex Rosanagh farm]. Inlcudes images of Robson's Mill, Ngaere School and pupils, Rosanagh farm scenes and bush felling.

Notes from Judy Siers on Jim Taylor and his collection of photographs. 2010

Typescript. ‘History of Rosanagh 1879-1979’ by Jim Taylor

  Folder 7

General information. Research notes compiled by Judy Siers

Notes written by Judy Siers regarding the provenance of the Puke Ariki collection. 2010

Article. Chapman-Taylor - architect. Evening Post 8 April 1978

Booklet. An ancient Maori Oven on Mount Egmont by W.R.B. Oliver. Extract from Vol.40 no.2 Journal of the Polynesian Society. Annotated with signature of J.W. Chapman-Taylor.

Copy. 'Craftsman bungalows : 59 homes from 'The Craftsman' ed. by Gustav Stickley. 1916. Selected pages containing information about C-T.

Correspondence with the Taranaki Museum asking for information about the Presbyterian Church in Inglewood. 13 October 1999

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