Gladstone Board of Works Building (Former)

95 Stafford Street, Timaru

  • Gladstone Board of Works Building (Former), Timaru. Image courtesy of
    Copyright: Francis Vallance. Taken By: Francis Vallance. Date: 14/04/2012.
  • Gladstone Board of Works Building (Former), Timaru. Image included in Field Record Form Collection.
    Copyright: Heritage New Zealand. Taken By: C Cochran. Date: 8/04/1983.

List Entry Information

List Entry Status Listed List Entry Type Historic Place Category 1 Public Access Private/No Public Access
List Number 327 Date Entered 1st September 1983


City/District Council

Timaru District


Canterbury Region

Legal description

Lot 1 DP 53349 (CT CB33B/536), Canterbury Land District


This historic place was registered under the Historic Places Act 1980. The following text is the original citation considered by the NZHPT Board at the time of registration.

This building located on Timaru's main street is probably the most historically significant structure in the city. It was built in 1874 as offices for the Gladstone Board of Works. This body, a precursor of the Timaru Borough Council, was one of the political divisions that led to the disintegration of the Provincial system in 1876. Gladstone was one of the two electoral districts which returned members to the House of Representatives 1866-1881.

One of the few remaining bluestone buildings in Timaru, it is two-storey and rectangular in plan with a shallow hipped roof. Recent unobtrusive additions have been made to the rear of the building. The original portion of the building is presently used for storage by government departments.

Representative of South Canterbury's separate identity and growth as an independent region, the Gladstone Board of Works building is of very great local historical significance.


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Construction Dates

Original Construction
1874 -

Other Information

Please note that entry on the New Zealand Heritage List/Rarangi Korero identifies only the heritage values of the property concerned, and should not be construed as advice on the state of the property, or as a comment of its soundness or safety, including in regard to earthquake risk, safety in the event of fire, or insanitary conditions.