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Lust session a vote of L4OOO was appropriated by the Government for the erection of a post offico in Oamaru, and tenders are now being called for the erection of a building after plans prepared by Messrs Forrester and Lemon. The new post office is to be erected on a vacant section fronting Tharaea street on the west side, between Bailie and Humphrey's cornor and the present office. I It will have a frontage to Thames street of 106 feet, with a depth of 64 feet. It will have two storeys, besides a basemeut flfior, and a central clock tower. If ; a designed in the Italian order of architecture, in a massive and handsome stylo ; there being no redundancy of intrica.*© ornamental workmanship about the faoingg. A large cantral doable doorway, approached by a flight of steps, will giro entrance to a vestibule where are tho ordinary letter and newspaper boxes, and communicating with private recem;:f boxes on tho left. A second euir^nce from Thames street at the northern corn-r of the building leads into a large publi.j office 44 feet in length by 25 feet broad, divided by a 35 foot counter for letter de» livery and money order business, and having under the windows another 34 foot counter partitioned for tha writing of telegrams. Immediately behind this office are despatch and messengers' rooms. The main central part of the ground flour ia occupied with a mail room 68 feet by 20 feet, with an eastern bay 26 feet by 15 feet. Bahind this again are letter c*rriert' rnom (21ft by 25ft), operators' bedroom, and telephone room, and an instrument room (37ft by 20ft). The postmaster's room, 13ft by 17ft, is BJtuated at the front of tho building, near the central entrance. Tha basement contains a battery room, throe bedrooms, kitchen, scullery and e'o»erootns. The second floor has not at pi fasent been designed for any purposa, and remains temporarily undivided. The height of tho ceilings on both tha first and second floors will bel6ft6iu. The clock tower will be 00 feat in height from tho pavement to the apex of the cupola with which it is surmounted, and will be provided with a Qffc clock face. The ba3B of the building will be of blue stona; the rest, of course, of Oamaru stone. Tho exterior of the building as it appears on tho plans will be dtcidedly handsome ; having a height to tho top of the parapet of 45 feet, and from the above description it will be seen that the accommodation provided for the public will be a decided improveraement upon the existing state of things. Many will hope that the extra accommodation in space will be accompauied by extra accommodation in attendance ; the prosent staff being hardly adequate to the requirements of the place.

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THE NEW OAM A KIT POST OFFICE., North Otago Times, Volume XXVIII, Issue 3319, 20 February 1883

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THE NEW OAM A KIT POST OFFICE. North Otago Times, Volume XXVIII, Issue 3319, 20 February 1883