Topic: Thirwell House

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Corner Tutanekai and Eruera Streets, Built c1900.

Thirwell House was built by Mr Thomas Henry Sloane and was one of his last before he moved on to a new career as a Land Agent.

One newspaper article says "originally in Ohinemutu, moved to the new town c1891, it was then managed by William Adam Williams.  In 1909 Mr Louis Woolliams was listed as the proprietor, he continued there until c1915 there were also managers as follows:  Mr Henry Alexander Pearce c1910-1912. Edward Kennedy c1913, Mrs P.B. Giles (Marian) c1911 & 1915, Mrs T.P. Dowling (Jenny) c1916-1938, Lillian J. Clune c1938, Mrs C Henderson c1940

Thirwell House was later demolished (c1955) and a two-storey office block was built in it's place owned by R. Jaffe. This building still exists and is tenanted by the Bibleworld Museum on the 2nd Floor and shops at street level.

 Excerpt from Daily Post 12 October 1968

"Off-Season in those days, just as it is now, it was a hard task to fill the hotels and business sometimes came to a halt. During this time, the town's business folk often "carried" their customers till the new season.  But at least one proprietor, Mr P. Giles, who kept Thirwell House, had another job. He was a policeman. 'He was a huge man, standing 6ft. 4in., and he used to teach me boxing and wrestling' said Mr Les Clarke"

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Thirwell House


1159-1163 Eruera Street, Rotorua 3010, New Zealand

Latitude and Longitude coordinates: -38.1387002,176.2518705

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