The foundation stone for this building at 254 Willis Street in Wellington was laid on 30th April 1938 by M J Savage, the Prime Minister of New Zealand. Built on the site of Te Aro School it was the Dominion Training School to train dental nurses for the School Dental Service.
Designed by J T Mair, the Government Architect, it was opened on 14 May 1940 by Viscountess Galway, wife of the New Zealand Governor-General. From that time until 1992 children from schools in Wellington came to 'The Dental Clinic' to have their teeth treated.
In more recent years, the building has been redeveloped as Augusta Apartments with the original plaques marking the laying of the foundation and the opening flanking the entrance.
MELBOURNE ART DECO
In 2009 Robin Grow published a book on Melbourne Art Deco, with images largely supplied by David Thompson. The book quickly sold out and he is pleased to say that it has now been re-published by Brolga Press, with updates, errors corrected and a new cover.
Best of all, it is selling for about $25 in the shops and on-line. Art Deco & Modernism Society members can purchase a copy from me for $22, (includes postage within Australia). For overseas orders please email for postage rates. Contact me at email@example.com if you are interested, and advise if you would like the book to be dedicated and/or signed.