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Parnell Orphan Home

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Find out about the rich history of Parnell’s orphan home.

Books for Parnellites

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Public libraries in Auckland had their humble beginnings in the Mechanics Institute only a year after the new settlement was established.

Mr Barber’s new residence

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A glowing review of this gracious villa in York Street.

Parnell Rose Gardens

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Uncover the origins of the Gardens.

Paddy’s Puzzle

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In January 1963 a wrecker’s ball swinging from a crane demolished the building known as Paddy’s Puzzle.

Robert Tod and Parnell: the naming of a suburb

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Robert Tod, the fiery, argumentative Scottish merchant, met John Vesey Parnell at Beirut on the coast of Syria.

Sir John’s House: Kilbryde

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In 1878 William Swainson, a former Attorney General, sold five acres of land to a purchaser who first cloaked his identity

A post in Parnell

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This is a story of the journey through time of a piece of wood which at some stage was transformed into a hitching-post.