Purnell House

Whanganui, New Zealand, Sept 2012:  From the little I know, Purnell House was originally the accomodation ward for the nearby Wanganui Highschool. Today I’m not sure of it’s use, though it does seem to be semi occupied and has definately seen better days.

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9 thoughts on “Purnell House

      1. hi Fergus, I have found some really nice old black & white photos of Purnell House (came from my auntie’s estate) do you know who owns this building now, and would they be interested in these photos as I have no use for them and just can’t bear to throw them out or send to the op shop, would be of historic value for the area. There are photos of the students and staff at the WTC as well.
        regards, Ali

    1. Kahu.
      Yes it was the Wanganui Technical College Hostel – Purnell House. I spent four years there from 1959 to 1962 as boarder. I enjoyed every minute of my time there. The place was immaculate. The girls were still there and they were in the dorms upstairs, but were slowly being phased out and by 1962 had all gone. A sad day really. The name change to Wanganui Boys College, was in the wind.

  1. it is now some sort of boarding house which needs to be condemmed as it houses mentally ill people who are known sex offenders

  2. EAH!!! IT JUST NEEDS SO MUCH T.L C .. AND AS FOR IT BEING HAUNTED THATS WAT HAPPENS WENU ARE NEGLECTED AND FORGOTTEN ..
    EVERYTHING IS CONNECTED FROM THE SMALLEST ATOM TO UNIVERSE !!!!

  3. i was a boarder there from 1977 to 1979 the best time of my life got shut down because the powers to be said it was unsafe to live in .its still standing today shows how much they know.when ever im back in the country i go an sit on the lawn an remember all the good times and friends i had there .
    have even taken my kids there an told them how good it was

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