Avondale Avondale Avondale Avondale- -- -Waterview Waterview Waterview Waterview Historical Society Incorporated Historical Society Incorporated Historical Society Incorporated Historical Society Incorporated
No. 59September—October 2012
Prepared by Lisa Truttman, President and Editor
Next meeting:Saturday 6 October 2012, 2.30 pmSt Ninians ChurchSt Georges Road,opposite Hollywood CinemaGuest Speakers
AWHS member Arthur Milner, memories of Avondale.
Lisa Truttman, on Partington’s Mill,Symonds Street (1851-1950).
Bruce Harvey, author of a number of bookson West Auckland, will talk to us on the wreck of theHMS
(1863) at the Manukau Heads. Nextyear marks the 150th anniversary of the disaster.My thanks to AWHS members Jack Dragicevich andPatricia Collier who came along to the second of theseworkshop meetings in August, held at the WaterviewSchool Hall by the Well-Connected Alliance (thosebodies, including Auckland Transport, involved withplanning and carrying out the State Highway 20 exten-sion through Waterview, including the tunnel). Mythanks also to Catherine Farmer for the lift home fromboth that meeting, and the last one in August (muchappreciated on a dark night)!The workshops were interesting. My main focus was,of course, the heritage side, and I found it intriguingthat they propose, at this stage, to put a walkway con-necting from the redeveloped nearby reserve, downand past the Star Mill area, across Oakley Creek closeto where a simple stone bridge once existed (datingfrom at least 1904), under the motorway ramps, skirt-ing the remainder of the old Birkenhead Boroughquarry to link in with footpaths to Pt Chevalier, and tothe Eric Armishaw Reserve. Further archaeologicalwork is referred to, which may hopefully shed furtherlight on the historic land uses, both Maori and colonial.Something else I found intriguing was that there wasmention that testing of the soil on the western side of Oakley Creek (the reserve area overlooking Unitec)found that this part was subject to landslips — and thelast ones weren’t all that ancient. Hardly surprisingthat the eastern or Unitec side seems to be the richestin terms of archaeological remains.There will be further workshop meetings, some incombination with those at Owairaka for the AlanWood Reserve part of the construction process.
St Ninians cemeteryA trip up the river to Riverhead
We’re invited by the committee of the Pt ChevalierHistorical Society to join them on a boat trip to River-head, Tuesday December 4 2012. The boat will leavePier 3, Downtown Auckland at 10 am sharp.
The price, $42, includes morning tea and a light lunch.Bookings and details: phone Jenny Wilton (845-0311)or Alison Turner (825-0300). Historic commentaryincluded.
Bookings close 25 October 2012.
150th anniversary commemorationGeorge Maxwell Memorial Cemetery
The anniversary commemoration went very well, start-ing with a morning service at St Judes Church, fol-lowed by a light lunch, and then a gathering at thecemetery near the memorial stone to the first burialthere, young William Aickin who died 3 August 1862.Well done to all concerned.
Attending “Urban Design Workshops”:the effects of SH20 at Waterview
The Heritage Unit of Auckland Council has been busycontacting the right people in the Parks Department(Avondale now being part of the West sector). I hadtold them that we’d agreed to take no further action atthis stage regarding Wayne Coe’s request for help to-wards the cost of a cleaner for the gravestones, inAugust met on site with two Council staff, who haveobtained information, and will be liaising with Wayne