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Taranaki Stories

These stories capture the very essence of Taranaki – the people and the landscape.
They record the achievements of those who live here, the struggles of the first settlers, the determination to overcome challenges, those who have made their mark on not only their own, but also future generations.
But the stories are not just about hardship – they are also inspiring, thrilling, mystifying, enlightening and entertaining.
 
 

 

Taranaki Stories

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An architectural masterpiece – Wilkinson’s Castle

by Sorrel Hoskin on 07 December 2009

Dramatically sited on a cliff top high above the black sands of Wai-iti beach, Wilkinson's Castle is claimed to be James Chapman-Taylor's architectural masterpiece. The North Taranaki home was built for Eltham MP Charles Anderson Wilkinson and his family as a weekend and holiday retreat. Built close to the ancient Whakarewa pa in 1928, the castle once commanded views along the west coast and...

A devoted disciple – architect James Chapman-Taylor

by Sorrel Hoskin on 07 December 2009

Permanency, honesty, simplicity, beauty and fitness were the guidelines followed by Taranaki architect James Chapman-Taylor throughout his 60-year career. James was dedicated to the New Zealand Arts and Crafts movement of the early 20th Century, earning the title of its most devoted disciple.   A bold decision James Walter Chapman-Taylor was born in London on 24 June 1878. He was the first...

The House that Jack Built – how one designer changed the face of Hawera and the dairy industry forever

by Rhonda Bartle on 07 December 2009

Safe in the Puke Ariki archives, in a specially built receptacle, lie many of the plans Jack Duffill drew up on his own or with his partners.   Thin and silent metal drawers slide open to reveal drawings for 440 different buildings - 43 dairy factories, 220 houses and numerous commercial buildings, as well as many of our region's hospitals.   It's a collection Puke Ariki is very...

The Architect’s Daughter

by Rhonda Bartle on 07 December 2009

It is with a hint of sadness but no self-pity that Mary Duffill speaks of that long ago wish to become an architect and join her father in business.   “I wanted to do architecture.  I wanted to follow in Dad's footsteps.  I was always good at instrumental drawing and I could have taken a course in technical drawing and drawing plans.  I could have gone into business with him.”   And the only...

A Legacy in Design – Frank Messenger

by Rhonda Bartle on 07 December 2009

Ever wondered who designed New Plymouth's iconic Devonport Flats, the Cenotaph or the St Aubyn Chambers?   Frank Messenger did. He might have grown up in a raupo whare, but he left a legacy of fine New Plymouth buildings - a staggering 315 in total.   A book about a man and his buildings In 1994, New Plymouth architect Ian Pritchard put together a book to celebrate the...