143 Mcmaster Street, Invercargill

  • House, 143 McMaster St, Invercargill.
    Copyright: Heritage New Zealand. Taken By: Chris Horwell. Date: 7/03/2018.
  • House, 143 McMaster St, Invercargill.
    Copyright: Heritage New Zealand. Taken By: Chris Horwell. Date: 7/03/2018.

List Entry Information

List Entry Status Listed List Entry Type Historic Place Category 2 Public Access Private/No Public Access
List Number 2487 Date Entered 24th November 1983


Extent of List Entry

Extent includes the land described as Lots 2-3 DP 2491 (CT SL130/87), Southland Land District, and the House thereon.

City/District Council

Invercargill City


Southland Region

Legal description

Lots 2-3 DP 2491 (CT SL130/87), Southland Land District


This substantial English-style brick and tile residence was designed by Invercargill architect Allan C. Ford in 1928 for James and Elizabeth Boyd. It has architectural and historical significance.

Street directories indicate that the house was built for James and Elizabeth Boyd between 1930 and 1933. James Boyd and Elizabeth Garden McSkimming were married in 1915. The history of the house links to the history of the significant New Zealand company McSkimming and Son Limited. Elizabeth was the daughter of Peter and Catherine McSkimming of Benhar in Otago. Peter McSkimming had joined John Nelson’s pipe works at Benhar and took over the business in 1892-1893. In 1917-1918 the McSkimming business combined with Thomas Todd and Sons at Waikiwi in Invercargill. In the 1930s James Boyd was the Invercargill Manager for McSkimming and Son Limited the company made bricks and roofing tiles, among other building products. No specifications are available for the house, though it seems likely that the Boyd’s would use products from the family company. In later years Elizabeth and James moved to Dunedin. Elizabeth died in 1957 and James in 1977.

Invercargill architect Allan Ford drew up the plans in December 1928, although the house was not completed until a couple of years later. The plans show a substantial brick and tile residence, with four bedrooms, a maid’s room, sitting room, dining room generous entrance hall as well as the usual service rooms. In 2018, the house remains a private residence.


Construction Professionalsopen/close

Ford, A C

Allan Ford was born in Dunedin in 1892, and educated at Otago Boy’s High School. He established his Invercargill office in 1920 and was active in Invercargill for fifty years. He died in 1989 at age 97.

Additional informationopen/close

Construction Dates

Original Construction
1930 - 1933

Completion Date

2nd May 2018

Report Written By

Heather Bauchop

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.

A fully referenced upgrade report is available on request from the Otago/Southland Area Office of Heritage New Zealand