Story: Taranaki places

Hāwera observatory (4th of 4)

Hāwera observatory

In a somewhat bizarre transformation in 1953, architect John Duffill’s 1912 band rotunda was converted into an observatory for the Hāwera Astronomical Society. The lower floor of the original octagonal building – erected to celebrate the coronation of King George V in 1911 – was a tearoom, and the upper floor was an open, pillared band rotunda with a hemispherical roof.

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Ron Lambert, 'Taranaki places - Hāwera', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/25913/hawera-observatory (accessed 7 April 2020)

Story by Ron Lambert, updated 1 Sep 2016