Hulme Court

350 Parnell Road, Parnell, AUCKLAND

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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. Hulme Court was built in 1843 for Sir Frederick Whitaker later to become Premier of New Zealand. It is in the Regency style and features a hipped roof, elegantly trellised verandahs and shuttered sash windows. The house has 300mm thick bluestone walls which have since been plastered over, and a slate roof. Its architect is unknown. Despite some interior alterations over the years Hulme Court remains as one of the best examples of Regency architecture in New Zealand, and almost certainly the finest built in permanent materials. The house has very great historical significance having been occupied by a distinguished group of early New Zealanders including: Bishop Selwyn; Colonel Hulme, Commander of British Troops in New Zealand after whom the house is named; Governor Gove Browne who used it as a temporary Government House; and, later, Sir Francis Dillon Bell, Minister of Native affairs and advisor to Governor Grey. It is the second oldest surviving house in Auckland and the oldest documented dwelling still standing on its original site.

Hulme Court, Auckland. CC BY-ND 2.0 Image courtesy of | denisbin | 18/10/2018 | denisbin
Hulme Court, Auckland. Image courtesy of | peteshep© | 18/11/2012 | peteshep©
Hulme Court, Auckland. Image courtesy of Auckland Libraries Heritage Collections. Record # 435-17-01 | Philip Doyle | 01/02/1977 | Auckland Libraries



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Detailed List Entry



List Entry Status

Historic Place Category 1


Private/No Public Access

List Number


Date Entered

6th June 1983

Date of Effect

6th June 1983

City/District Council

Auckland Council


Auckland Council

Legal description

Lot 3 DP 30020 Allot 77 Sect 1 Subs of Auckland

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