Avondale Avondale Avondale Avondale- -- -Waterview Waterview Waterview Waterview Historical Society Incorporated Historical Society Incorporated Historical Society Incorporated Historical Society Incorporated
No. 39May-June 2009
Prepared by Lisa Truttman, President and Editor
A number of our members are or have been in hospital,or are home recuperating, at the time of preparing thisnewsletter. Our best wishes go to:Jo Marris, and Val Waygood.Any other members who have not been well over thissummer period — best wishes to you, as well. Hope-fully, we have a mild winter!
I’m back from the conference. I was able to find out agreat deal about the history of the district, both frommy own wanderings the day before the conferencestarted, and also from three very good speeches pre-sented by Matamata Historical Society members on theSaturday morning. David and Joan Stanley, in particu-lar, deserve a mention and my deep thanks for theirwonderful hospitality — they had me round at theirplace for Thursday lunch and dinner, and I thoroughlyenjoyed watching a National Film Archive presentationon Thursday night at a local playhouse which incorpo-rates part of an early post office.
Matamata Historical Society also have an interestingtechnique with their displays which I’d like to incorpo-rate for anything similar we may do (just as I also gotideas from visiting The Elms in Tauranga year beforelast.)I also took some photos of early agricultural equipmentthat is on display at the Society’s museum at FirthTower — some of which was used on market gardens,so could have relevance as part of our story, as well.
Some information on an early Avondale doctor, Dr.Carolan, came up from information I read that weekendas well. Again, I thank the AWHS very much for fund-ing my trip to Matamata.
Pt. Chevalier History Group
Next meeting: 10.30 am, 30 April 2009, Pt ChevalierCommunity Library.The History Group have voted to start moves towardincorporation, and put in an application last month tothe Western Bays Community Board for seeding fund-ing (the Board voted to consider the application inJuly). I’m delighted to report there is a real groundswellof support for a heritage group at Pt Chevalier. Thehelp and support given to the group by the staff at thePt Chevalier Community library, though, has been ex-ceptional. We are lucky to have such great teams as wehave at Avondale and Pt Chevalier libraries.I finally got a chance (thanks to Duncan Macdonald forhis assistance with transport) to show a large aerialWhites Aviation photo of Avondale from December1958 to members of the AWHS at our April meeting. Itnow belongs to the Society, who also approved plan-ning to begin for a local heritage exhibition to be heldat the Avondale Community Centre, 17 & 18 July.
At the moment, I see this as not just showcasingAWHS photographs and displays of information, butalso as being open to other groups which have heritageinvolvement in our community: Blockhouse Bay His-torical Society, Friends of the Whau, Friends of OakleyCreek, and possibly even the new Pt Chevalier HistoryGroup. More information as it comes to hand.
Next meeting:Saturday 6 June 2009, 2.30 pm, Lions Hall, cnr.Blockhouse Bay Road and Great North Road.
Large 1958 aerial photo sparks idea forlocal heritage exhibitionReunions
No further word as to any Avondale College reunion(which is, just in my opinion, unfortunate), but — thereis still planning to do for an Avondale Primary celebra-tion next year, for the 150 anniversary of education inthe district.
I’ll be in contact with members of the Reunion Commit-tee shortly to see if we can do something again together.Any of you folks reading this, give me a call as well,please.