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Avondale Historical Journal No. 7

Avondale Historical Journal No. 7

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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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(Part 1 appeared in Issue 6 of the
)Fine enough to have the new motor car. But you need a place to have it serviced, to re-new the oil, to fill it with fuel. These places are the service stations, which began ap-pearing as specialised business in Avondale just after World War I.In 1919, one Harry Waygood returned to New Zealand after serving in the Royal Aus-tralian airforce as a flight engineer during World War I, and built himself a motor ga-rage on Windsor Road, Avondale (Wingate Street). Waygood’s Garage was among thefirst to start selling petrol (in the early days, coming in three colours – blue, green andclear – depending on the petrol ratings). Imported petrol came to the retailer in 4 galloncans until 1926.His garage was open on Saturday mornings, and Harry Waygood quickly earned thereputation of being very good with his hands, using the expertise he’d learned duringthe Great War, along with possessing a “ticket” to handle steam engines. His father hadbeen a teacher at the New Lynn School. His son Ron Waygood told me how his fatherhad the Western agency in the1930s for the Morris 8 type of motor car from Dominion mo-tors in the City, and alsotaught people how to drive –so they could buy his cars. Hecontinued to operate his ga-rage until World War II, whenpetrol rationing meant keepinghis garage open became un-economical. He went on towork in Parnell until he re-
The AvondaleHistorical Journal
Official Publication of the Avondale-Waterview Historical Society Incorporated
September – October 2002Volume
The Motor Carin Avondale
Bailiff chasingBailiff
Challenge of theWhau
Inside this issue:
This is the start of Volume 2, and the second year of the
 Avondale Historical Journal
. Thank you all for your support for the
in its first year, thehelpful hints, the donations, the sponsorships, the extremely kind and welcomeencouragement. Here’s to our second year.
 Lisa Truttman
is 1 year old
The Motor Car Comes To AvondaleThe Motor Car Comes To AvondaleThe Motor Car Comes To AvondaleThe Motor Car Comes To Avondale
(part 2)(part 2)(part 2)(part 2)
Little Creek Graphicshttp://www.zplace2b.com/littlecreek/index.htm
The Avondale-Waterview HistoricalSociety note with much sadness thepassing of 
Mr. Jan Grefstad
, owner-manager of the Hollywood Cinema,Avondale Public Hall, and appreciatedsupporter of the Society and the Journal:1940-2002
nitz (perhaps changed due to WWI anti-German feeling?).Ernest Croft senior helped build the service station, whichwas situated on land formerly owned by Charlie Pooley,but seemed to have been sold off after the 1925 fire.Avondale lore has it that Graven won the Irish Sweep-stake, which helped set him up in business. In those days,the Sweepstake was worth around £20,000 to £30,000.By the mid 1960s, Graven had left the business, and it hadbecome a Mobil service station. In 1989 it was replacedby the completion of the new bigger Mobil service stationacross the road (by St Ninians). The site is now a coffeehouse, after having been a collectibles shop and a restau-rant.Stewart’s garage was on Great North Road between Race-course Parade and Rosebank Road. On 18 August 1927 –
“Fire, which broke out at about 11.30 last evening, de-stroyed Stuart’s service garage, Great North road, Avon-dale, together with eight of the nine cars which werestored in it. Residents in the locality were awakened bythe sound of an explosion, probably caused by the burst-ing of a tin of benzine. The building was of galvanised iron with wooden frame-work and when the local volun-teer brigade under Superintendent Watson arrived, it wasenveloped in flames. Stuart’s garage is the largest in thedistrict, and is situated a few yards past the AvondalePost Office. It is understood it was closed up for the night early in the evening, and the cause of the outbreak is amystery.”
[NZ Herald, 19/8/27]
After serving time with Northern Steamship Company,Scotsman Jim Crawford came to Avondale and openedCrawford’s Garage on Great North Road. This later be-came Morrison & Crawfords, then under Atlantic brand,and finally replaced by Mobil station by Battersby’s whentired.Up until 1926, petrol came in 4 gallon tins, packed inwooden crates, and served to thepublic either from garages likeWaygood’s (which has a spe-cially built safe in the buildingwall to protect the petrol fromignition) or from the local gro-cery store right along with thewheat and the chaff for thedwindling horse population.In 1926 saw the appearance of kerbside fuel pumps at servicegarages. C A Trigg applied for apermit “to erect a Kerbside Ben-zine Pump” at his garage onGreat North Road (granted)
[Avondale Borough Council min-utes, 3/2/26].
The site of thesepumps can still be seen today, infront of the Avondale Spiders,where vehicles would driveacross what is now footpath to park up against the“bowsers”, and then drive off.Later that month, British Imperial Oil Co (in 1927 to be-come the Shell Company of New Zealand Ltd) asked forthe Borough regulations in relation to kerbside pumps.The Chief Inspector of Explosives of the Department of Labour wrote saying his department were in favour of tank installation for petrol storage.Suddenly, all over the city the matter of petrol pump regu-lations became an issue, Newmarket Borough calling for“uniformity “. By August George Stuart had a pump at hisgarage also (Great North Road. H M Way-good applied for his kerbside pump in July(granted).1926 saw the appearance of the GOS Sta-tion at the five-roads intersection (presentday roundabout). This was to become theBowzer Benzine Station by 1928 (Bowzerwas the tradename of the American-designed pump, and the slang of the time:“kerbside bowsers”), and by 1929 the Cen-tral Service Station, run by Albert Graven.
[Wise’s Directories]
According to Mr Ernie Croft, AlbertGraven’s original name was Albert Grub-
The Motor Car Comes To AvondaleThe Motor Car Comes To AvondaleThe Motor Car Comes To AvondaleThe Motor Car Comes To Avondale
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“Residents inthe localitywere awak-ened by thesound of anexplosion, probablycaused by thebursting of atin of ben- zine.”
“Hillman Minx, 1939”. Original artwork bu Liz Claude-Goldie.
Mobil Oil bought out Atlantic.Jim Crawford went on to be a president of the Avon-dale Business Association, master of the Titirangi Ma-sonic Lodge, and founding member of the AvondaleCricket Club, among other honours. He died in Sep-tember 1966.
[Western Leader, 27/9/66].
According tohis widow, Mrs Vera Crawford, he also held theQueens Coronation Medal.Jim Crawford came into the business at the instigationof Jack Fearon (of Fearon Bros.) who owned all theland which is now occupied from the corner of theFearon Block to Battersby’s carpark. Mr Fearon intro-duced Mr Crawford to a Mr Morrison (hence thefirm’s name), and the partnership was arranged. Un-fortunately, Mr Morrison left the partnership afteraround 6 months, and as it was the Depression at thetime, Jim Crawford felt he couldn’t afford the chargesfor changing the name solely to his own. By the timethe Depression was over, the locals had become usedto the name, and so he left it as it was.After Jim Crawford died in 1966, Mrs Crawford man-aged the business for another ten years. The servicestation was altered to allow vehicles to drive onto aforecourt beside the pumps, and the site of the originalstation is now Battersby’s Funeral Services car park.In 1976 Morrison & Crawford became Curtis &Miller.Today, Avondale’s landscape is still being molded bythe roads required for more and more motor vehiclestravelling through our suburb. In 1978 Ash Street was
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extended in what was to be the first step in construct-ing a “regional road” through to Henderson. Only theAsh Street-Rata Street road was completed. And, of course, Avondale is being investigated as the StateHighway 20 options are presented to the public, in-volving proposed routes through either Waterview(via Great North Road or beside the Oakley Creek) orthrough Heron Park and out along the northern Rose-bank Peninsula coast. Also, the communiity has con-cerns with regard to pollution from the ever-increasingvolumes of traffic.After nearly ninety years, the motor car is still chang-ing our lives.
 Morrison & Crawford Ltd.Photo courtesy of Mrs Vera Crawford.
While browsing through microfilm copies of the old  papers, I find from time to time little gems from Auck-land’s history which I keep and file away. This fromthe
 New Zealander
of 3 October 1860:
To the Editor, Sir — Is the report true, viz, that a writhas been placed in the hands of the Sheriff’s Bailiff Mr. C. North, to arrest Charles Brown, the ResidentMagistrate’s Bailiff? I am told that the former havingdone so, after the arrest, treated the latter with greatkindness and kept him all night at his (North’s) house,instead of delivering him over to the tender care of MrMcElwain: when behold you, sir, after this, what doesthe latter do but run like any other bum leaving poorNorth in the lurch.I am also told that the Resident Magistrate’s well-beloved Bailiff has not been visible since Wednesday8.30 or 9 am, but is supposed to be in cover in a house
(continued next page)(from previous page)
not very far from the Court. Have the Government

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