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No. 23September—October 2006The Avondale Community Board have generously granted theSociety up to $1000 towards printing costs (pending two quotes)for Jack Dragicevich’s work on Waterview — thank you, Avon-dale Community Board members. We really do appreciate yourhelp.No more focus groups or drop-in centre run by Transit NZ for awhile, as they reconsider options for the Waterview route, includ-ing deep bore tunnelling.At a September 14 meeting organised by the Community Boardat Waterview Community Hall, I introduced myself as Presidentof the Society and stood up to express my concerns that thenorthernmost area of Oakley Creek’s shoreline must be specifi-cally investigated by professionals, such as archaeologists, as partof this process. Also, I asked where later reports were. We haveone from c.2003 in our records, but much more has been done inthe way of research and investigation since then.I’ll keep you all posted.
Next meeting, 7 October 2006, 2.30 pm,Lions Hall.
Prepared by Lisa Truttman, President and Editor
Heritage Week FestivalWaterview and SH20
Has anyone got a spare “J J Craig” brick they can lend?Auckland City’s Heritage Week festival runs from September 16to September 23. I’ve been helping Avondale Community Li-brary with setting up a display there on the history of the oldGlenburn Brickyard, that used to be along St Georges Road(now the Lansford Crescent industrial area). Five pages of sum-marised history later, a photo hunt, pictures of old kiln types,and the very kind assistance of the Waitakere City Libraries lo-cal history department in Henderson, with their J. T. Diamondcollection (a must see! Go look, there is wonderful info inthere!) — it looks as if we’ll have the display that week.So — a spare J J Craig brick would be welcome for the display.I’m crossing fingers that we will also be able to have a launch atthe Avondale Library, 10.30 am on Thursday 21 September, forthe Avondale Historical Walks brochure. This is in preparationas I write this, organised by Matthews & Matthews Architects(who have done others in the series in Auckland). This is aAWHS/Community Board/Avondale Business Association pro- ject, funded by the Avondale Community Board through theirSLIPs project budget.As well, here are details on the activities Blockhouse Bay His-torical Society will be undertaking that week:Armanasco House will be open for viewing, with a display of historic photographs, and with Society Members present to an-swer any questions. Saturday 16
, Sunday 17
, Thursday 21
, Saturday, 23
, Sunday 24
, 10.30am to 4.00pm.On these days, the Historical Society will also give free guidedwalks around our village pointing out sites of interest, the tourswill leave Armanasco House at 1.30 p.m. and 2.30 p.m.There are no admission charges for any of these activities.
Thanks very much to those who wrote in after that last newslet-ter with information and your memories of Mr Tasker and hisRosebank lime kiln. I really have appreciated it.I’ve even in my travels through Land Information NZ recordsfound an old plan for Pollen Island, dating from sometime in the19th century (sadly, it had no date, but still listed Pollen as land-owner. He died in the 1890s.)The hunt continues.
Searching for info on a patch of saltmarsh — Traherne IslandThe old Star Mills of Waterview
The hunt also goes on for information as to the old Star Mills atthe Oakley Creek. The more that comes to light these days, themore questions are raised. As you’ll see by this issue of the
, featuring the sad story of John Thomas’ brick makingenterprise, research is continuing, now with an emphasis on howthe site was used post 1878.It is certainly dredging up stuff on the early history of the districtwhich is useful to know.Our August guest speaker, Eric Kearney, gave us an enthrallingtalk on the history of Auckland cinemas, and especially theCivic Theatre. Thank you again, Eric!
Our October meeting guest speaker will be our very own GeorgeBaird, telling us about his travels to Italy from earlier this year.