Historic home de­mol­ished

Te Puke Times - - NEWS -

The historic Bo­s­tock house on the cor­ner of Glen Ter­race and Moe­hau Street has been de­mol­ished.

Built around 1927 for Frank and Sophia Bo­s­tock (nee Ver­coe), it orig­i­nally stood on 4ha (10 acres) and was known as Glen­coe.

Be­tween Moe­hau St and Beatty Ave runs a large gully which was known lo­cally as Bo­s­tock’s Gully.

Te Puke chil­dren used the gully as a short-cut from school to town and even­tu­ally the Bo­s­tocks were ap­proached to sell some land to form a road from Glen Ter­race through to Beatty Ave, but in­stead Frank gave them land be­hind his prop­erty to form a road which is now known as Tui St.

The Bo­s­tocks orig­i­nally farmed on No 3 Rd on a prop­erty known as Tix­all which was named after Frank’s home in Stone, Stafford­shire.

The Bo­s­tocks were wealthy shoe man­u­fac­tur­ers, but in New Zealand Frank milked cows and in­tro­duced the first milk­ing ma­chine to the Bay of Plenty.

He also built a con­crete pad in front of the cow­shed so it could be washed down after milk­ing — a very rev­o­lu­tion­ary idea at the time.

In 1916, he and his brother-in-law Philip Wal­ter Ver­coe es­tab­lished Bo­s­tock & Ver­coe on the cor­ner of Boucher Ave and Jellicoe St.

They were agents for Ford as well as Ford­son trac­tors and Har­ley Davidson motorbikes. In 1927 they in­stalled the first petrol bowsers in Te Puke.

The Bo­s­tocks had two chil­dren. Their son Ian who went to Eng­land to train in the shoe mak­ing in­dus­try and later be­came a direc­tor of R Hannah & Co in New Zealand. Their daugh­ter Alice was adopted from Arthur Molony after the death of his wife Gertrude (nee Tan­ner). For many years Alice was a hair­dresser in Te Puke and died in 2004.

The historic Bo­s­tock house on the cor­ner of Glen Ter­race and Moe­hau Street in Te Puke has been de­mol­ished.

A no­tice an­nounc­ing the open­ing of the most up-to-date garage in the Bay of Plenty — Bo­s­tock & Verner.

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