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The New Plymouth Council for Social Services was formed in 1947 when a group of likeminded women met to discuss organising the establishment of a private residence to home elderly ladies. The Bingham Bequest - a large sum of money left in trust from the will of Clara Emily Mary Bingham for the purpose of helping to establish such a home, but not to be administered by a hospital of charitable aid board - was used to establish the Council. The Council administered Bingham and Tuarua Houses, a group of 16 flats used to accommodate elderly mobile women aged 65-80 years who were capable of cooking and cleaning their own flats and maintaining reasonable health for their age. The Council was disestablished and properties sold in 1991.
This collection consists of the records of the New Plymouth Council for Social Services 1947-1991 including minute books, correspondence, annual reports, scrapbooks and photos.
Department
Archives
Classification
Production Date
1947-1991

Archive Contents

  Box 1

- Minute book. 9 May 1947 - 28 November 1952.

- Minute book. 15 December 1952 - 18 April 1958.

- Minute book. 23 May 1958 - 20 October 1965.

- Minute book. 26 November 1965 - 16 November 1973.

- Minute book. 14 December 1973 - 15 February 1985.

- Minute book. 15 March 1985 - 19 May 1989.

- Minute book. 16 June 1989 - 30 October 1991.

  Box 2

- Folder. General correspondence, 1985-1991.

- Folder. Correspondence regarding estate of Mrs P.L. Pitt. Correspondence regarding grants from J.R. McKenzie Trust Board, 1968-1987. Correspondence regarding disestablishment of New Plymouth Council for Social Services.

- Folder. History and timeline of Bingham House. Notices to residents, 1973-1988. Rules and regulations. Documentation, upgrade of Bingham and Tuarua Houses. Correspondence and documents regarding land sale to J.A. Yarrow, 1980-1986.

- Folder, Architectural plans and Certificates of Title. Single persons pensioners flat type 417. Single persons pensioners flat type 419. Drawing. Suggested layout. Proposed conversion to flats of dwelling at 93 Vivian Street NP, Don H Urquhart. Proposed additions to Bingham House, R.H. Lovell. Plan, Bingham House and Tuarua House, Vivian Street NP, 26 June 1975. Kitchen fittings, Bingham House, Vivian Street NP, 11 July 1975. Certificate of title under Land Transfers Act, 18 January 1955, Lily Libena May Waters, 3 Fulford Street. Certificate of title under Land Transfers Act, 26 April 1982, Philip John Pearson, 2 Fulford Street. Plan of subdivision, property 1 Vivian Street and 2 & 3 Fulford Street, 29 February 1972.

- Visitors book. Bingham House, 15 December 1956 - 24 April 1990.

  Box 3

- Framed photo. Founders of Bingham House, presented by Women's Division Omata Federated Farmers, November 1956.

- Scrapbook. Newspaper clippings, December 1950 - 28 March 1989.

- Folder. Scrapbook. Newspaper clippings and photos, 1950-1992.

- Folder. Annual reports, 1951-1990.

- 1989 diary. Tuarua House.

- Notebook. Residents of Bingham and Tuarua Houses, 5 October 1968 - 21 November 1975.

- Uncovered book. Inventory of goods at Bingham House 7 October 1955. Waiting list November 1952 - 23 February 1981.

Accession No
ARC2011-134

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