Plimmerton – May 1937 (seventy five years ago) Story by Allan Dodson

Sir George Troup, 1863 - 1941, was the New Zealand Railway architect who designed the Dunedin Railway Station for which he got the nickname of 'Gingerbread George'.[1] He also developed, in the early 1900's, the island style railway station and this design was used in the construction of the new (1940) Plimmerton Railway Station.[2] Sir George Troup was influential in the development of Plimmerton. He had purchased 365 acres of land in the area that was to become, once sub-divided, Karehana Bay. Many of the streets in the area; Cluny, Airlie, Gordon and Ogilvy reflect Sir George's Scottish background.[3] Sir George was a benefactor in the area along with Mr. G.S. Moore they donated the land that is now Karehana Park (read more about Karehana Park).

Sir George Troup was knighted 1 February 1937. This photo is from his obituary 1941. [5]

Karehana Park - May 1937: "For the purpose of providing a play area for the children of Karehana Bay, Sir George Troup and Mr. G.S. Moore have given an area of land between Cluny and Pukerua Bay Road. The gift is a result of representations made by Mr. James Wallace, chairman of the executive of the newly-formed Plimmerton and Karehana Bay Rate Payer's Protection Association. The area of land is nearly two acres, but half an acre has been reserved next to the Presbyterian Church for a manse should this be required in the future. The property will be vested in four trustees, three of whom will be appointed immediately."[4]
Karehana Park - Cluny Road entrance
Karehana Park - Airlie Road (old Pukerua Bay Road) entrance
Karehana Park looking north.
Karehana Park looking south.
The future development of Karehana Park is a potential project for interested residents in conjunction with PCC and Plimmerton Residents' Association.  
 

[3] Plimmerton Residents' website - History - Street names.
[4] Papers Past - Evening Post - 19 May 1937
[5] Papers Past - Evening Post - 4 October 1941

 

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