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No. 22July—August 2006
Jack Dragicevich’s character study of Waterview is nearingcompletion. He’s put an amazing amount of work and ef-fort into this study. Hopefully, this will be ready for presen-tation at our AGM in August.
The meeting TransitNZ and their planners said they’d havewith our Society representatives hasn’t happened. Instead,they proposed coming to talk to our Society at some point.As there are already a number of focus groups, meetingsand drop in centre events happening, we’ll wait until theyhave further information to hand.
In the meantime, due credit must be given to Society mem-ber Robyn Mason and her partner Peter McCurdy whohave compiled a report on the Star Mill history and pre-sented a number of talks to groups and the CommunityBoard on the archaeological value of this area.I hope to pull together an article for the next
onJohn Thomas’ rather sad battle (he owned the Star Mill
Next meeting, 5 August 2006, 2.30 pm, Lions Hall.
Prepared by Lisa Truttman, President and Editor
until his death) with the Auckland Provincial Council overthe supply of his bricks to the Lunatic Asylum in the early1860s.
I’m looking forward to seeing a copy of the McCurdy-Mason report on the Star Mill site when it becomes avail-able to us. We already have much of the deeds informationand leads from the 2000 research by Thomas family mem-bers, as well as Auckland Provincial Council records andof course, thanks to Transit NZ, archaeological reports andrecords.
It is good to this important area associated with our earlyhistory, both in terms of Maori and European usage, beingrecognised at last.
Heart of the Whau
Apologies for lateness
Some work issues and other delays mean that the June-July
and newsletter has come out late again. Sorryfolks for keeping you waiting. — Editor.
Avondale Primary School classheritage projects
Avondale Primary recently took on an excellent initiative,having some of their classes do studies in Avondale's his-tory. I was contacted by three of the teachers to help out onbehalf of our Society. Two of the classes emailed me somequestions about the history of the shopping centre and theWhau River.Another had a delightful walkabout arranged and organ-ised by Ron Oates (author of
Challenge of the Whau
). Hecame up with the idea to hand the children pieces of cardon which were pasted pictures of goods and services suchas you could once find at each of the shops along the route.He also prepared a wonderful powerpoint display of pho-tos and sound effects for the classroom talk.I’ve received lovely thank you cards and even some art-work from the children.
Waterview and SH20
The Society agreed at the June meeting for a reprint of 30copies of
Heart of the Whau
, These will sell for $25.00,with $6.00 p&p in addition.
Cheques to be made out to the order of the Avondale-Waterview Historical Society.While I have been looking at old maps and plans I’vefound of the mouth of the Oakley Creek — I wonderedwhat the story was behind Traherne Island, a 16 acre patchof mud, shrub and swamp just off the coast of Rosebank,beside Pollen Island, now used as part of the North-Western Motorway. Why is it called Traherne?As well, could anyone with information on Ernest Tasker,his limeworks, and whatever happened to him after 1947please get in contact with me? He owned Traherne Islandfrom 1927 or so until 1947. Seems like that patch of swampy support for SH16 may have more of a story be-hind it than first thought.
Searching for info on a patch of saltmarsh — Traherne Island