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Avondale-Waterview Historical Society Newsletter 11

Avondale-Waterview Historical Society Newsletter 11

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Newsletter of the Avondale-Waterview Historical Society, Auckland, New Zealand
Newsletter of the Avondale-Waterview Historical Society, Auckland, New Zealand

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Published by: Lisa Truttman on Dec 24, 2009
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 Avondale  Avondale  Avondale  Avondale- --Waterview Waterview Waterview Waterview Historical Society Incorporated  Historical Society Incorporated  Historical Society Incorporated  Historical Society Incorporated  
No. 11May – June 2004
Attached to this month’s newsletter is a page pre-pared by Society member Jim Gladwin on his pro-posal for an Avondale Railway Station Museum. I’dlike you all to read this, please, and get back to me orto Jim with your comments at the earliest. This is aninteresting idea, but I’d like to know if the membersof our Historical Society would like to get in be-hind this, and take it further with Auckland City andother agencies.
It’ll be brought up as an item for discussion at thenext meeting.
 — Lisa Truttman
Next Meeting of the Society:2.30 pm, 5 June 2004Lions Hall, cnr Blockhouse Bay andGreat North Roads,Avondale
Avondale Railway Station Museum Proposal 
General Report2004 AGM and Convention of Federation ofHistorical Societies
Dorothy and I attended on March 20. The FederationCommittee appointed me as Delegate for our Society.
We took down $250 worth of 
 Heart of the Whau
Challenge of the Whau
combined, and sold $125worth.
Otahuhu Historical Society speech
I attended their monthly meeting on March 22, andspoke on “Early Days in Avondale”. My speech waswell received, and I sold a further three copies of 
Challenge of the Whau
and two of 
 Heart of the Whau
I have two upcoming speeches this month, on the 15
 at Anne Maree Resthome in Blockhouse Bay, and onthe 30
at Anne Maree Gardens in Coronet Place,Avondale. (Since the meeting, I also learned of an-other speech giving I will do in Waterview, May 3)
Auckland Regional History Network
I feel that it would be good if the Historical Societieswithin our region had a newsletter circulating, advis-ing of upcoming events, advertising museums etc.,along with a website featuring each Society’s contact
Report to monthly meeting,April 2004
details. It is an idea I had before the Regional Gather-ing last year, and seemed to be met with some ap-proval, unofficially, from the societies.
I’d prepare the newsletter, and send it out to historicalsocieties and libraries on a quarterly basis at most.The website is a simple matter of putting up on a freehost online, and then updating when required. Thisway, not only would the formal Societies have con-tact with each other, but we’d bring in groups like theresearch team at Judges Bay, Blockhouse Bay Group,and Friends of Waikomete, to name just three. I’ll beconsulting with the Federation and other Societiesshortly.
Research/Conservation Projects
Avondale Heritage Walkway
Dorothy Maddock, Alison Turner and myself haveattended another meeting at Council regarding this,and I’ve written up draft text for buildings, notice-boards and plaques. Our photograph collection willalso be a contribution towards this project.
We’ve contributed archaeological information to theproject consultant Jane Matthews and to the iwi con-sultant, Ngarimu Blair. In return, we were given acopy of Judge Fenton’s Judgement regarding Orakeiin the 19
century, which has very interesting Maorihistorical background for our area. The project hasturned up that Avondale’s earliest historical eventmay have been a battle fought on the Rosebank Pen-insula at a place called Rangimatariki, on the penin-sula’s tip, around 1792. Dorothy has found an oldmap showing this place.
We will also be looking into the matter of having ourimportant historical sites put onto the District Plan,and the process of doing that.
Oakley Creek history
Dorothy is still working on this. She presented a talk on her progress so far to the Society, notes from
Continued overleaf 

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