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Update on Pruden house 2014

Journal by anafred

In my madness and desire to research further into a house that i knew existed 10 years ago and you could not find while walking up Anderson's Road - Rawhitiroa Road on Google Maps. I hopped into my car today 10/3/2014 and drove in 23+ degree heat to see what I could find. And pay a visit to the cemetery out that way as well.

After driving past the driveway several times - and just about ready to give up and head for home. Used some kind farmers gateway to do a u-turn and there before my eyes i saw a familiar sight. Easy to miss with the driveway situated right on a corner of a narrow country road. Some 700 meters away from the corner of Rawhitiroa and Anderson's street (heading up Rawhitiroa Road) there is a very long and dusty driveway leading to a cow shed. It is off this driveway that what remains of the homestead is situated.

Thank you family for taking photographs when you did, showing the house in at least a state where it still looked like a home of sorts. I stood with tears streaming down my face (as they are now with writing this) to find that there was not a single piece of the homestead remaining at all. Not even our secret fight of stairs behind the fireplace, for that matter the fireplace has even been totally destroyed, there is the stone pillars that held the porch supports only, they have stood the true test of time! At least there is still some kind of indication to exactly how grand the home was that stood there.

Surnames: PRUDEN
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on 2014-03-10 04:26:00

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by ngairedith on 2014-03-10 05:04:52

the Pruden House as it was in 2004

by kingarthur123 on 2014-06-09 02:38:03

WHILST IN TARANAKI GEORGE PRUDEN (MASTER BUILDER) acquired a piece of land mostly covered in bush there was a bog near the road and then some swampy land at this time only winnie and lance lived at home. george built the house on the hilltop surrounded by native bush.he had large wrought iron gates at the entrance the house contained a ballroom when lance got married george held a ball at the house...when george left england he was taken on as a carpenters assistant at the end of the journey he was given a bag of tools hence began his trade....he was my great grandfather and his daughte gertrude my grandmother.

by anafred on 2014-07-15 06:37:01

Thank you Kingarthur this information is of great use and clears up some information for me. Sorry I had not replied before now. George was very talented I loved the windows in particular. Do you know if in actual fact the glass was imported from France ?

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