Beale Cottage

11 Beale Street And Grey Street, Hamilton

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List Entry Information

List Entry Status Listed List Entry Type Historic Place Category 1 Public Access Private/No Public Access
List Number 769 Date Entered 19th March 1987 Date of Effect 19th March 1987


Extent of List Entry

Extent includes the land described as Lot 4 DP 12448 (RT SA467/65; NZ Gazette 1995, p.324), South Auckland Land District, and the building known as Beale Cottage thereon

City/District Council

Hamilton City


Waikato Region

Legal description

Lot 4 DP 12448 (RT SA467/65; NZ Gazette 1995, p.324), South Auckland Land District

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Historical Significance or Value

Beale cottage was most probably purpose-built as a combined residence/surgery/registry office for Dr Charles Bernard Beale. Beale was born in London in 1830, the son of a surgeon. He was a student at London Hospital 1849-52, and emigrated to Nelson, NZ, in 1861. Dr Beale enlisted in the 4th Waikato Militia Regiment in 1864, and was discharged in 1865, holding the rank of Assistant Surgeon 4th Waikato, Surgeon (temporary) to the 3rd Waikato Regiment and general practitioner to 1868. Other posts he held in his career were Coroner and Registrar of Births, Deaths and Marriages for the Cambridge District (which included Hamilton) from 1868, and Additional Public Vaccinator from 1874 on. Beal's office was originally on the west side of the Waikato River in Grantham Street, Hamilton West. However in 1868 Beale sold his Crown grant for his country section and this probably helped him to purchase in 1872, section 8 in Hamilton East on which Beale House now stands. By November 1872, Beale advertised this location as a Registry, but he also used the house as a surgery. Dr Beale was a council member for the first Borough Council of 1878. He was Deputy Mayor, 1879-1880, and Mayor in 1880. He became bankrupt in 1879, and as a result Section 8 and Beale's town section Crown grant were sold by the mortgagor on 26 July 1880. Dr Beale moved elsewhere in Hamilton East where he continued as Coroner, Registrar and general practitioner until he resigned in 1886. Beale Street recognises his links with the area.


A well preserved example of modest domestic architecture of the 1870s in relatively original order.


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Physical Description


A square one storey Victorian domestic house with verandahs.


Wood shingle roof replaced with corrugated iron, verandah on western side replaced; weatherboards on south side replaced; sunporch added c.1955; French doors onto sunporch replacing windows; two interior doors blocked over; one interior wall removed; other miscellaneous modifications.

Notable Features

The purlins for the original roof shingles are in place under the present corrugated iron.

Construction Dates

Original Construction
1872 -

1955 -
Sun porch added

Construction Details

Timber with corrugated iron roof

Information Sources

Nelson, 1979

NZHPT Interim Report on Beale House, Hamilton East. Sept 1979.

Waikato Museum of Art & History

Waikato Museum of Art & History

Files containing interviews, titles, newspaper cuttings, photographs, redrawn plans.

Other Information

This historic place was registered under the Historic Places Act 1980. This report includes the text from the original Building Classification Committee report considered by the NZHPT Board at the time of registration.

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.