2014 PUKETAPAPA HERITAGE FORUM
Several of the society went along on Tuesday the 25
to the Fickling Centre (we were treated to tea as well, very nice!) There was some great discussion about the area, and good input. It was also excellent to have Jane Matthews of Matthews and Matthews Architects there, as well as Dr Elizabeth Pischief, Principal Specialist from the Cultural Heritage Unit, and Agnes Grenada from the Migrant Action Trust. Of interest are the main points, briefly, below: There is a need to promote
Puketapapa’s heritage to the public.
A heritage walk and associated signage and pamphlet is being considered by the Local board, for the Three Kings area initially. We have 11 more sites noted as Scheduled Heritage Places on the Proposed Unitary Plan. There is signage planned for Keith Hay Park and Arthur Faulkner Reserve.
The Heritage Unit are carrying out a ‘cultural heritage survey’ of the
Manukau foreshore and there was some discussion over this. Several folk contributed their own memories. The War Memorial Upgrade project is now aimed at being completed by Anzac Day 2015. Any research on other prospective heritage places can still be forwarded to the Heritage Unit via a Nomination form. If accepted, such sites will not appear on the Unitary Plan until after 2016. It was confirmed that the Bill Subritzky estate, Tropicana in Lynfield, had been sold, although how it will be developed is not known. It is the largest residential property in Auckland. It was also noted with regard to the Unitary Plan that property owners who were notified their properties were being scheduled were given barely any information on this. Letters appear to have been sent out ten days before the submission period closed, with no information on what this meant for the property owner. The upcoming Heritage Festival was discussed
the theme is World War One with a
theme to it as well.
Many thanks must go to Puketapapa Local Board member Michael Wood for his work in heritage and on-going consultation with the society.
THE ST DAVID’S IN THE FIELDS CHURCH HOUSE
AKA The El Rey Country Club.
By Joanne Graves
The Auckland Libraries Family History blog.)
If only walls could talk
the El Rey Country Club. If you
or your ancestor
was a bright young thing in 1940s Auckland, chances are the name
might ring a few bells. The El Rey Country Club was a nightclub operated out of an Arts and Crafts style house on Hillsborough Road in what was then still farmland. The location was panoramic, set amidst acres of bush and with gorgeous views out across the Manukau Harbour to South Auckland. Equally as panoramic, it might be said, were the goings-on in the El Rey itself. It came under the eye of the law for illegally serving liquor several times, and regularly feat
ured in the Auckland Star’s Lost and
“Topaz ring in the vicinity of the El Rey, substantial reward.”
“Watch, gold, ladies between El Rey and Devonport.”
“A five pound reward for the return of a diamante evening bag and contents, lost or take
mistake at the El Rey.”
“A raincoat, marine officer’s, between Farmers and the El Rey night club. Reward”
“Watch, wrist, chromium with brilliants, El Rey Saturday night. Reward.”
“Fur cape, brown velvet, New Year’s Eve between Grand Hotel and El Rey.”
(All from Papers Past.)