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Avondale Historical Journal No. 6

Avondale Historical Journal No. 6

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Published by Lisa Truttman
Journal of the Avondale-Waterview Historical Society, Auckland, New Zealand
Journal of the Avondale-Waterview Historical Society, Auckland, New Zealand

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Published by: Lisa Truttman on Jun 25, 2009
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Whoa! At long last we have a historical society in Avondale and Waterview. Itwas great to see people lining up to pay their fees at the end of the meeting. Iwould like to thank all those people who came out on Sat 1
June in such terri-ble weather. Also, those who put their names forward for office and commit-tee, and a special thanks to Liz Clark, our secretary, who came from Helens-ville to be with us. Thanks, Liz!During the weeks before the meeting, I have been taking a lot of photos of theold buildings around Avondale. The dairy where you shop, you may not real-ise, has been there for a hundred years in one form or another. I also took photos of the old packing sheds and trees on Kurt Brehmer’s property, includ-ing an old pear tree which according to Mr Brehmer was introduced by Hay-ward Wright and is the only one of its kind in existence.We now look forward to the spring with visits to other historical societies andtheir museums. Lastly, I would like to thank you all for your support and willdo my very best for the Avondale-Waterview Historical Society. Thank you.— Bruce Spencer
The AvondaleHistorical Journal
Official Publication of the Avondale-Waterview Historical Society Incorporated
July – August 2002Volume
A note fromour Society’sPresident
The Motor CarComes toAvondale
2 – 4
Judges BayHistory&The MightyWurlitzer!
Inside this issue:
President’s NotesPresident’s NotesPresident’s NotesPresident’s Notes
Membership Information: Fees
The second meeting of the AWHS Society set thefollowing membership fee rates for the coming year:Individual $10Family $15Group/Corporate (to be decided soon)As we now have our own bank account, cheques formembership fees may be made out to:
“Avondale-Waterview Historical Society”.
A receipt will be provided.
On June 5, 2002, the Avondale Waterview Historical Society became anIncorporated Society, registered with the Companies Office.
The Motor Car Comes To AvondaleThe Motor Car Comes To AvondaleThe Motor Car Comes To AvondaleThe Motor Car Comes To Avondale
(part 1)(part 1)(part 1)(part 1)
The Avondale Historical Journal Official Publication of the
Volume 1 Issue 6
 Page 2
From the earliest days of European settlement of theWhau District, the horse was the primary mode of transport if you didn’t want to or was unable to useyour own feet and walk. Deliver-ies came by horse and cart, thebuses were pulled by horsestaking you into the City, horseand rider made their way alongthe rutted roads and tracks towardparties, gatherings, and churchservices. Blacksmiths and horse-feed sellers reigned supreme, andstables were just as much land-marks as the local pub.In the 20th century, all this changed.In 1903, the first motor cars appeared in Auckland.It was another decade before they started taking overfrom the horse as the main form of transport forboth commercial and private use, but from 1915 thetrend was growing.Where in 1912, the Station Store and Bluck's Build-ings had been built to take advantage of foot trafficfrom the Railway Station just across the road -- bythe end of World War I, the pattern had changed.With the coming of the motor car, Great North Roadbecame the new centre of Avondale.By 1919 Avondale businessman Ernest Goodmanwas up with the play as far as the motor car was con-cerned.
“Avondale to the Beaches by Motor – E Goodmanwishes to notify the public of Avondale that he is pre- pared to convey parties to Blockhouse Bay, Point Chevalier etc. by motor at times to suit customers.Fares as per arrangement. A trip will run daily from Avondale to Mt Albert at 10.0 a.m. Fare 6d, leavingThode’s corner.”
 Advertisement, The News, 29/3/19] 
 From then on, Mr Goodman’s taxis became part of the Avondale landscape.The motor car was starting to change the way Avon-dale people did business by this time. There was theAvondale Motor Delivery Service.
“Notice is hereby given that a quick Motor DeliveryService between Avondale and Auckland will bestarted from about April 7th, when necessary tripswill be made twice daily. Passenger traffic to bays, picnics etc. will also be catered for, accommodationbeing provided for 15 passengers. Norman Thomas,Great North Rd, Avon-dale.”
 [Advertisement, The News, 29/3/19] 
Mr Goodman was not the onlyone in town with the idea of ferrying people in the new-fangled innovation. A MrMcCarthy of Station Road (nowBlockhouse Bay Road, nearWalsall St) initially had a fishselling business (he owned hisown boat) but then branched out into the funeralconveyancing business, and as a charabanc driver.
“During the 1920s a number of commercial garageswere established in the district…. Stewart’s,Trigg’s, In St Jude’s Street was Bamford’s AvondaleService Station. A 1926 Automobile Associationguide stated that: ‘This garage is situated below therailway crossing on the hill above Avondale on theroad to Mt Albert. Watch out for trains.’”
 [Challenge of the Whau, p. 74] 
One of the early garages belonged to J Blomley.
“J Blomley – Motor & General Engineer – Bring your cars, motor cycles, or other mechanical work tothe above, where you will receive every attention,good workmanship and prompt delivery at rock bot-tom prices. All work guaranteed. Workshop & ga-rages, adjoining Wm. Pendlebury’s, Draper, Great  North Road, Avondale.”
 [Advertisement, The News, 28/8/15] 
 Wherever the motor car went, you needed the peopleto fix them.
“Machinery owners and users of motor cars haveoften felt the want of a local engineering establish-ment when necessity has arisen for repairs. It istherefore pleasing to record that Messrs. P J Cooper & Sons will in a few days open those premises ad- joining the new Masonic Hall, Rosebank road, Avon-dale (just below Messrs. Thode Bros’ store) as ageneral engineering shop. We have every confidencein soliciting work for the new firm as we know Mr Cooper has had an extended experience in allbranches of engineering, including motors, millmachinery, suction gas plants and steam, gas and oil
engines. Repairs to agricultural and milking ma-chinery will also be a speciality with the new firm.”
 [The News, 28/8/19] 
This was at 79 Rosebank Road. Unfortunately, the op-timism in the above piece didn’t keep the business go-ing beyond the middle of the 1920s, with the rise of Triggs Garage and Stuarts,both on the main roadThe site between the intersec-tion and the Masonic Hallwould be vacant until For-syth’s Coal Yard in the 1930s.Rough rutted roads were hardenough going for the horse andcart. For the motor car theyused up precious benzine andpetrol. Mrs Shaw, telling meof her memories of the days of the rough road through thecentre of Avondale, said thatthe early cars had headlightson "stalks" which bobbed upand down as the cars negoti-ated the rough track fromAvondale down the hill to theWhau Creek bridge -- which was, itself, then only aone-lane bridge.In 1925, came the next big change for Avondale'stransport history.
“There was agreat deal of development during 1925. At a meeting in Auckland onFebruary 28th,it was approved by all the townboards in-volved, that they would build a concreteroad over theoften impass-able clay road  from OakleyCreek at Point Chevalier, allthe way to theend of the Henderson Township. Each Town Board's ratepayers bore the cost for their ownsection of the new highway.”
 Henderson’s Mill 
, Anthony Flude, 1977]
“Work on the construction of the first sectionof the concrete highway at Oakley Creek to Lincoln Road, Henderson, is to be commenced on Monday, when the paving gangs will start operations in the Avondale district. The point of commencement will be at Blake St Avon-dale, and the paving will be pushed on as far as the Whau Creek bridge, after which the sec-tion from Blake St to Oakley Creek will be un-dertaken.Form of construction will be a completedeparture from anything yet done in New Zealand. The flanges of the roadway would bearched, the edges being thicker than the cen-tre of the roadway, thus giving more strengthat the point where the greatest weight of traf- fic is supported. The system is based on recent tests carried out in Illinois.”(continued on page 4)(from page 3)
Work began March 2, 1925. The New Lynnsectionstarted approximately on June 1, Glen EdenSeptember 1, and Henderson December 1.
The Avondale Historical JournalOfficial Publication of the
Volume 1 Issue 6
 Page 3
“ ...early carshad headlightson "stalks"which bobbedup and downas the carsnegotiated therough track fromAvondale ...”
 From a newspaper of the time (unknown source) -- Courtesy of Mr and Mrs M and I  Fearon. ("Dad's Shop" is the grocer's shop of Mr Charles Hieatt)

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