Office of the Waikato District Hospital and Charitable Aid Board (Former)

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The Office of the Waikato District Hospital and Charitable Aid Board (Former) is a historic building in the CBD of Hamilton and was recently listed as Category II by the New Zealand Historic Places Trust.

Designed by Auckland architect Thomas Mahoney and built John P. Murray in 1903, both the Board (established 1886[1]) and the building were parts of an effort on the part of Hamiltonians and the broader Waikato to separate themselves from their more populous northern province, Auckland.[2] The false-fronted single storey office building of brick and concrete, in Stripped Classical design, has a decorative pressed metal ceiling in the board room.[3]

After a fire in 1911, the building was restored under architect John Willing Warren.

After the founding of the Hospital Board, healthcare care grew quickly as a significant local industry, and the nearby Waikato Hospital on Waiora (about 2 km south of the historic building) is currently Australasia's largest hospital campus site.[4]

The Waikato Hospital Board grew too large for the building and moved out in 1935, with the building passing into commercial use. James Treloar sold milking machine equipment from the site for more than two decades. Hamilton Lighthouse and Wilsons Sports Centre were also tenants during this period.

In 1994 the building was restored and facilities were added to the rear under the supervision of architects Vaughn Priddy and Murray Price. Since then the building has been used as Diggers Bar and Café. In November 2008 the building was listed as Category II by the New Zealand Historic Places Trust.[5][6] According to a 2011 Waikato Times article, it is the most haunted location in Hamilton, New Zealand.[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Waikato District Health Board - Waikato Hospital by the numbers". waikatodhb.govt.nz. 2011. Retrieved 16 December 2011. On December 1, 1886, the first meeting of the Waikato Hospital and Charitable Aid Board took place in Hamilton – a significant day, marking the birth of Waikato Hospital. 
  2. ^ "Papers Past — Auckland Star — 11 June 1888 — WAIKATO NOTES.". paperspast.natlib.govt.nz. 2011. Retrieved 16 December 2011. 
  3. ^ "Office of the Waikato District Hospital and Charitable Aid Board (Former) record from New Zealand Historic Places Trust Pouhere Taonga". historic.org.nz. 2011. Retrieved 16 December 2011. 
  4. ^ "Waikato District Health Board - Waikato Hospital visiting times changed to suit patients recovery". waikatodhb.govt.nz. 2011. Retrieved 16 December 2011. The 600-bed hospital on Waiora Waikato in Hamilton - Australasia’s largest hospital campus site - serves a Waikato and central North Island population of more than 860,000 people. 
  5. ^ "Bar to alterations 'pointless'". stuff.co.nz. 2011. Retrieved 16 December 2011. 
  6. ^ "Letters, July 22: Heritage is no handicap". stuff.co.nz. 2011. Retrieved 16 December 2011. 
  7. ^ Lisa Austen and Tracey Royce | Waikato's Most Haunted... Retrieved January 2012