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Sims Building History


Sims Building History

  • Built in 1880, the Sims Building was bought in 1890 by Isaac Stevenson who, with a later partner, John Cook, ran the Stevenson and Cook Engineering Company. The business played a large part in Port Chalmers’ creation and development.
  • The company originally made simple appliances before Isaac Stevenson began major development.
  • It became the most up-to-date plant engaged in ship building and repairing in the New Zealand Dominion
  • As well as undertaking some of the Southern Hemisphere’s biggest ship-repair jobs, the company manufactured gold dredges for the Otago gold fields and constructed and fitted out ships for the two World Wars.
  • Isaac Stevenson was a supporter and liberal benefactor to various sports clubs. In 1906, he was elected Mayor of Port Chalmers.
  • In the 1930’s an extension was built onto the Sims Building by the Stevenson and Cook Engineering Company.

Recent history

  • The DCC took ownership of the Sims Building from the Port Chalmers Borough Council in the 1989 local authority amalgamation.
  • It was leased by the Port Chalmers Yacht Club until the buildings could not be occupied any longer due to asbestos.
  • In March 2017 an asbestos roof and cladding were removed from the Sims Building and it’s 1930’s extension.


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