is a community with a proud history and tradition.
by sea, with commanding views of the Hauraki Gulf, the area
was important to Maori. Evidence of Maori settlement can be
seen on the two volcanic hills which were occupied and fortified.
The land was sold to the Crown by Ngati-paoa in 1840 and Devonport's
first businesses were farming and shipbuilding. With the arrival
of the Army, Navy and dockyard, business enterprises and social
amenities grew, such as shops, schools and churches. Devonport's
economic development was enhanced by its proximity to Auckland's
commercial centre with ferry services providing the essential
link. Residential sub-divisions led to the expansion of this
popular suburb. Devonport was established as a Borough in 1886,
and the early 1900s brought increased development and prosperity.
of the buildings we see today date from the latter 1800s. The
buildings in Victoria Road were erected in the late 1880s after
a fire had destroyed the original wooden ones. The landmark
Esplanade Hotel opened in1903.
and Edwardian villas with graceful return verandahs and ornate
embellishments are prominent throughout the area. Examples of
later bungalow style buildings and earlier workers' cottages
are also evident.
value of Devonport's homes and buildings lies in their historic
nature individually, as well as their setting in the old Borough.
The generations before us built soundly, adapting and updating
as new needs arose. Old photographs of Devonport show how well
our heritage has been retained.
buildings which served the community in former days have been
retained and renovated for other uses: the Telephone Exchange
(café), bank (restaurant), and Post Office (museum),
while the fire station, dairy factory, power station (which
also served for a period as a laundry), and Masonic Hall are
all now domestic dwellings. Devonport also boasts several beautiful
historic churches. Devonport Borough Council encouraged the
retention of the housing stock and supported innovative ideas
local body amalgamation further conservation policies have been
adopted by the Devonport Community Board.
does this affect you?
North Shore District Plan recognises Devonport as having special
historical and architectural character. The Plan's intentions
are to protect and enhance this character.
Current provisions may no longer allow some of the changes
that were undertaken in earlier years and may differ from
those in other New Zealand heritage regions.
buildings are listed in the District Plan as having special
protection. Devonport is proud to have seventeen buildings
listed with the Historic Places Trust. Many of Devonport's
houses are within the Residential 3 Zone and this ensures
that the architectural integrity of the suburb is maintained.
The Devonport Area Office (3 Victoria Road, Devonport) has
assist owners of old homes who wish to make alterations and
additions, a booklet, "Heritage Guidelines", is
available from the Devonport Area Office.
you would like to find out the history of your house -
Devonport Library has a reference section detailing Devonport's
history. Devonport Borough Council published "The Hundred
of Devonport - A Centennial History" and this resource
will assist you in gaining an understanding of local history.
Devonport Museum has many photographs that demonstrate the
demographic growth of the borough as well as the development
of individual houses.
the Devonport Area Office and North Shore City Council archives
have extensive records of original house designs.
hope you enjoy the special qualities of your heritage home,
value its past, and help keep Devonport's buildings intact for