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No. 32March—April 2008
Prepared by Lisa Truttman, President and Editor
Rosebank History Project
At the February meeting, the Society approved the start of fundraising for a project to research the horticultural historyof the Rosebank area. This would include the story of earlyland ownership and subdivisions, market gardens, orchards,etc. The researcher I’ve found to do the work is John Adam,a well-published landscape and horticultural historian. Fromhis CV:
“John Adam graduated with Diplomas in Horticulture andParks and Recreation Administration from Lincoln Collegein the mid 1970s, He was employed as Deputy Superinten-dent of Horticulture and later Horticulturist at University of Auckland from 1980 to 1998. He began historical researchon the gardens of Old Government House and the historicallyassociated landscapes Albert Park, Auckland Domain andWestern Park. He founded (1989) and chaired the AucklandGarden History Society until 1995. He has made landscapeheritage study trips to Australia and North America. Squaresand Parks held in Montreal, Canada in 1993. He was a con-tributor to A History of The Garden in New Zealand, Viking,1995 and has presented papers at the 1996, 2000, 2004 and2005 Conferences of Society of Architectural Historians of Australia and New Zealand. In December 2002 he was jointly awarded, with Matthew Bradbury a lecturer in thelandscape architecture programme at UNITEC, Auckland, aNew Zealand Fulbright Fellowship, to pursue a joint researchproject on the American career of landscape architect, FredTschopp (1905-1980). Completed from December 2003 toMarch 2004 in Los Angeles. They were affiliated with theDepartment of Landscape Architecture at the California StatePolytechnic University, Pomona near Los Angeles.
“In 2006 he was awarded with Louise Beaumont a total of 2,000 pounds stirling from the Stanley Smith HorticulturalTrust (UK) to research the history of medicinal gardens andplants in 19
century New Zealand and their links to Austra-lia, USA and UK. Finally, he has been a self employed land-scape historian since 1998 whose business is called Endan-gered Gardens.”
Total cost of the research has been quoted as $7000 over athree-year period. The Society since the meeting has receiveda very generous anonymous donation of $3000, which cer-tainly gets us on the way as far as fundraising for the projectis concerned. I’d like to see research on the industrial andresidential/educational aspects of Rosebank covered as well,but at least with the horticultural aspect, we’ll have the spineof the project for the other parts to add to later.
Hopefully, John will be able to come and address the mem-bers as our guest speaker at a future meeting.The Society appointed me as their delegate to this conference— but it is open to any member of the Society to attend. Hel-ensville & District HS are putting on a packed programmeover the weekend. If any of you have a bit of time to spare —come on up and have a look around!
Friday: 4 April
7-9pmOfficial welcome, Mix & Mingle, Society Reports, Supper
Saturday: 5 April
8.30 amBreakfast at Railway Station, illustrated lecture on KaiparaRailway, visit railway exhibits9.45—10.30 amHelensville Heritage Trail (walk, drive) & Riverside walk 10.30 amMorning Tea at Pioneer Museum, exhibits open11.15 am—12.15 pmIllustrated lecture on Parakai at Helensville Courthouse(Museum site)12.30 pm—LUNCH at Masonic Hall1.15 pm—2.15 pm Masonic HallArchives New Zealand—discussion with Archivist KylieNgaropo2.15 pmAnnual General Meeting3.15 approxAfternoon tea then depart for visit to Silverdale Museum (carpooling arranged suggest $5 pp)5.30 pm approx: Return to Helensville Pioneer Museum openuntil 6.30 pm. Tea and coffee available7 pm—9.30 pm Masonic Hall: Dinner & light entertainment
Sunday: 6 April
9 am—meet at courthouse: Kaipara River and HarbourCruise with historic commentary by Ngati Whatua and Euro-pean historians. Morning tea available.12 noon approxReturn to Pioneer Museum for packed lunch and farewells
Registration: $25.00 pp, Saturday: 2 course breakfast: $10.00pp, Lunch: $7.50 pp, Evening banquet and entertainment:$35.00, Sunday: Kaipara Harbour Trip: $25.00, Packedlunch: $7.50
RSVP by 20 March 2008 to: Conference, Helensville & Dis-trict Historical Society Inc, Box 133 Helensville, Phone/fax09 420 7881, or email: email@example.comContact me for copies of the registration form
NZ Federation of Historical Societies Inc.2008 Conference at HelensvilleFriday 4 April to Sunday 6 April