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49 Clifton Tce. Belworthy House. William Taurau Royal.

Created for a bachelor, well-known Christchurch florist Cliff Belworthy, his cat and two fox terriers. Cliff was adamant he wasn’t prepared to “live in a house like Mrs Jones on the corner” and asked for a house “that no sane person would copy”. His only practical request: “two bedrooms, as far apart as possible”.

The house was completed in 1969 and has been extended since to make it more family-friendly, presumably, losing some of its tight original design.

Bill Royal & family.

From 1950 to 1954 Bill Royal was employed by the Ministry of Works in Auckland and Christchurch, and from 1955 to 1960 worked for the Canterbury and Auckland Education Boards. Bill then became an associate partner of Warren, Mahoney and Associates, before setting up private practice.

One Response to “49 Clifton Tce. Belworthy House. William Taurau Royal.”

  1. Pierre Onions Says:

    Agesim, sexism, now this.

    Surely you fellows can do better than such euphemism-laden tosh. Why not call a spade a spade (or perhaps a Miu Miu Trowel, if you’re feeling generous). The Christchurch gay community will thank you for it.

    A splash of colour around this dour site wouldn’t go amiss either.


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