|The Adams Cottage, Mt Maunganui, 2015|
Adams arrived in Tauranga in 1876 and became a successful builder and later local body politician and mayor. He married Helen Edwards a relative of the wife of Henry Brabant of Maungawhare, the story of which appeared recently in this blog. Ten of their children survived to adulthood and three became school teachers. John Adams was very interested in Maori culture and his collection of artefacts remains in the Tauranga Heritage Collection. He was a member of the Polynesian Society. He also corresponded with the former soldier Horatio Robley and owned more than a dozen original Robley paintings of Gate Pa and early Tauranga.
|The Adams Cottage, Pilot Bay, Mt Maunganui, undated|
Image © and courtesy of Tauranga City Library Ref. 01-185
Lionel Adams inherited the bach in 1932 and family ownership ended in in 1976 and for ten years it was a private museum. The present owners have had the property since 1985.
Historic Houses Vol. 2, Vertical File, Tauranga Library.
Building File. Tauranga City Council.
Cunningham, B. & Musgrove, K.(1989) A History of Mount Maunganui, pub. Mount Borough Council,.
Walker, Delwyn (2000) John Cuthbert Adams (1854-1932), unpublished essay, Tauranga Heritage Collection.