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Mount Roskill (Puketapapa) Historical Society Newsletter June 2014

Mount Roskill (Puketapapa) Historical Society Newsletter June 2014

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Newsletter of the Mt Roskill Historical Society
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Issue 3, Volume 3, June 2014
MT ROSKILL (Puketapapa)
Historical Society
JUNE MEETING
Please note the meeting is June 8th NOT Queen's Birthday Weekend.
Sunday June 8th
rd
 @ 2.00pm
St David’s
-in-the-Fields Church House, 202 Hillsborough Road, Hillsborough. This is a great opportunity to share memories and especially to bring along a friend or relative who has some special memories of the area. Plenty of parking and stay for afternoon tea! Please bring a gold coin to cover the rental of the rooms.
Advance Notice:
In August, we are hoping to have a speaker talk to us about the Wesleyan School. Venue and further details to be announced.  Also to be confirmed - the AGM.
Committee News
Sue Sweetman has resigned from the Committee as she has moved out of Auckland to fresh fields. All the best for the new move, Sue!!
JUST PASSING THROUGH
” by Jade Reidy
 
We have copies of the recently revised (2
nd
 edition) version that the Local Board produced in 2013. $20 per copy. See Garth.
Someone who may be interested in joining the society? If so, please forward our information on to them. See back page for details.
The story of the California connections of the Hart, Polack and Stevenson family
by John P Adam. [Written in 2004 from research undertaken in San Francisco, USA, that year.]
The first family to briefly dwell and layout the farm and plantations at The Pah farm/Monte Cecelia Park were the Hart family. Mary Hart/Polack was of the Jewish faith and may have been born in New York while William was born in Scotland.
 
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Mary and William Hart, son William Hart jun., daughter Mrs Elizabeth M. Carnegie and her three
children left Auckland New Zealand for San Francisco, California, on the “Hamlet” on 27 March,
1850. William arranged for the sale and management of the Pah farm buildings and pastureland through Connell & Ridings and Brown & Campbell.
i
 The Pah Farm was eventually leased after unsuccessful attempts to sell the house and property during 1851 and 1852 and finally sold in 1853 to John Logan-Campbell.
The Hart’s daughter Elizabeth Mary had married Mr
Dalrymple Fyffe Carnegie.
ii
 Dalrymple F.
Carnegie is known to have advertised “Fruit Trees” for sale as early as 4 September 1843 with “Applications” to be left at his father 
-in-law, William H
art’s Exchange Hotel.
iii
 Carnegie is identified as one of the first persons in Auckland to sell plants commercially and several months before John
Edgerley began his business from his “Eden Nursery” in 1843 on “Epsom Road [Manukau Road]”
iv
 Carnegie travelled
to California in June 1849 probably as a “Forty Niner” soon after the discovery
of gold.
v
 He must have met some disaster as there is an eye-
witness report “…
of a ball at the Presidio in San Francisco in [2nd May] 1859
” by a Mrs Amelia Ransome Neville who
wrote,
The Fantastic City 
 
(1932). Neville says that a “
Mr and Mrs Hart and their daughter, Mrs Carnegie, who had come from Australia to build an English country house out near Mission Dolores. Mrs Carnegie was a pretty young widow who soon married Captain Stevenson, a gallant and distinguished gentleman who had brought the first regiment of United States Volunteers around the Horn
.”
vi
 Neville says the Stevensons - Col. Jonathan Duke Stevenson (1800-1894) -
“went to live on Knobb Hill.” Another story describe
s the land development activities of Stevenson.
In the fall of 1849, Colonial J. D. Stevenson and Dr W. C. Parker bought the 10,000-acre Rancho Los Medanos from its owners, Jose Antonio Mesa and Jose Miguel Garcia, for 500 pesos. That year the partners laid out the town of New York of the Pacific...
vii 
 
Stevenson who was an “Attorney at Law” sold out his and Parker’s land interests over New York of the Pacific located near the San Joaquin river, and now called Pittsburg to “a San Francisco
banker, Louis A.
Pioche” before he, Pioche, committed suicide in 1872.
JD Stevenson remarried Elizabeth M Carnegie in 1851 and they produced three daughters and a son. He died in 1894.
viii
 Later we learn from Joel S. Polack (1807-1882)
ix
 writing to William Brown of Brown & Campbell in
January 1855 that William Hart was now a “Lawyer”
x
 
or an ‘Attorney at Law’ as was recorded in the
1852
San Francisco City Directory 
.
xi
 Two years later Joel Polack wrote from San Francisco to David Nathan of Brown & Campbell. On the reverse of a page of a newspaper - the letter was written on
The San Francisco News
, ca 31 January, 1857 - and here we find the following details of the business arrangement between Polack and Hart.
[Advertisement.] J. S. POLACK, GENERAL AGENT for Absentees.- Established in 1850, S W corner Montgomery and California Streets, San Francisco. Invests money in Mortgages and Purchasers of improved Real Estate. Remittance forwarded without delay to America and Europe. Refers to Hon Volney E. Howard, Wm Hart, Esq, U.S. Commissioner Court of Claims.
 xii 
 
William Hart died in 1859 and not long after Joel Polack married his widow, Mary Hart.
xiii
 Mr and Mrs Polack are buried in the Cypress Lawn cemetery, Colma, having been moved there in 1946 from Laurel Hill cemetery.
xiv
 We do not know where William Hart was buried?
The details in this story suggests that there should be a number of living descendants of the Hart and Stevenson families and that they may hold physical some written and pictorial records of the New Zealand years
 –
 (1842-1849)
 –
 when the Harts lived on the western slopes of Maungakiekie One Tree Hill and Hillsborough (The Pah), Auckland.
(see end of page 4 for references.)
PAPERS PAST
 Now have the NZ Herald up until 1945. Other recent additions include the Clutha Leader, 1901-1920 the Mautaura Ensign 1901-1914, the Taranaki Daily News 1900-1920 and the Tuapeka Times 1920-1920. www.paperspast.natlib.govt.nz
 
 Page 3
The Auckland Star, 11 April 1934, p.9
100 YEARS AGO....March 1914
 

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