Ashburton: Picturing Canterbury

Ashburton

The Post Office Ashburton [1901]. This building replaced the earlier on that site which burnt down in 1875. After being considerably altered this second building was replaced in the early 1960s

3 thoughts on “Ashburton: Picturing Canterbury

  1. Gallivanta 8 February 2013 / 2:43 pm

    What a shame a building like that was replaced. Is there any information on who designed and built it?

    • Donna 8 February 2013 / 3:23 pm

      I’ve just had a look here http://www.ashburtondc.govt.nz/district/history.htm and can’t see any info on who designed it in the Ashburton Guardian either … http://paperspast.natlib.govt.nz/cgi-bin/paperspast?a=d&cl=CL1.AG

      More helpful is the Cyclopedia – but it doesn’t list the architect http://nzetc.victoria.ac.nz/tm/scholarly/tei-Cyc03Cycl-t1-body1-d6-d64-d1.html
      Post Office And Telegraph Department. Ashburton. The business of the Post Office and Telegraph Department in Ashburton is conducted in a large and handsome building, which was begun in 1900, and was completed in November, 1901. It is of brick, faced with Oamaru stone and cement and cost about £5,300. There is a clock tower, and a chiming clock is now (June, 1903) in course of construction. It will cost £750, one-half of which has already been paid by the people of Ashburton. The postmaster, who is also in charge of the Telegraph Department, is Mr. W. H Renner, who succeeded Mr. St. George Douglas in 1897. The combined staff numbers twenty.

      • Gallivanta 8 February 2013 / 4:28 pm

        Thanks. That is very interesting. I have family history connections with Ashburton. I will ask if some of the older family members if they remember this building.

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