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No. 34July-August 2008
Prepared by Lisa Truttman, President and Editor
The Society have received copies of the reports commis-sioned last year by Auckland City Council on the conditionof St Ninians. Our sub-committee regarding this will bemeeting shortly, to report back to the Society in August.admit feeling a considerable sense of discouragement overthis matter. But at the Society’s June meeting, it was agreedthat the Society formally thank Catherine for her kind andwelcome action in putting forward her notice of motion.Catherine has listened to my concerns regarding the project,and deserves our thanks for her support.
It is unfortunate that the Society was left out of this project atthe last minute, and left off the final signage as a contributingorganisation. The Society have promoted this project in themedia and to groups taking part in the heritage walks wehave held, including both plaques and signs. Had we beenincluded to the end, a celebration promoting the sign, andtherefore positively publicising the Council, CommunityBoard, Avondale Business Association and our Society couldhave been held. After all, a prominent part of the sign’s con-tent which has survived many successive changes since 2003made by the designers is reference to “Honest John” Bollard,one of our district’s foremost early settlers. It has become,sadly, a lost opportunity for all concerned.
Avondale Heritage Walks project
This SLIPs project for two walks, a number of plaques andthree heritage interpretive signs in Avondale and Rosebank,initially proposed by Lorraine Wilson and the AvondaleCommunity Board early this decade, has apparently nowcome finally to a conclusion, after meetings since 2003which also involved the Society, (providers of the historicalinformation required). During the project’s course, the Soci-ety and Lorraine both pushed for a heritage brochure to bepublished in conjunction with the promised signage andplaques. Thankfully, the brochure came to be, and hasproved popular.
However, by the time the bronze plaques were installed justbefore September last year, the Society appears to have beenleft off any lists used by Auckland City Council staff andcontractors (of which many changes of personnel have beenmade since the project started) with regard to being an inter-ested party. We weren’t formally informed when the plaqueswere installed, but I put this down at the time to a generalrush to get something on the ground prior to the AucklandCity Heritage Festival. I was incorrect. The Society, al-though asked to check and clarify some points regarding thetext of the heritage signage late last year, have again notbeen informed formally of the installation of the signs inAvondale Town Centre and Memorial Park (at the time of writing, I have yet to see this latter sign actually installed).The sign in the Town Centre also makes no reference to theSociety as being one of the contributing organisations to-ward the project.
My email to Auckland City Council’s Democracy Servicesdepartment during May when I finally found out about thesign and the final design choices, requesting information asto why we weren’t included or informed, remains unan-swered or responded to.
However, Avondale Community Board Member CatherineFarmer successfully put forward a notice of motion at theBoard’s May meeting that the Board recommend to theCouncil that the Society’s name be included on the sign.Whether this actually happens or not is uncertain, and I must
“Just a note in passing …”
Some interesting information comes out of the blue via myemail address: firstname.lastname@example.org
I have permission from Margaret McQuillan nee Selby(Mother’s maiden name was Cordes & her mother’s beforemarrage was Payne) to reprint the following email:
My Grandparents had a Tomato growing business with glass-houses etc in Avondale off Rosebank Rd before the depres-sion. During the depression they lost it & all their land.
My Mother & her sister both went to Avondale PrimarySchool. Her sister is 92 & now lives independently in MtRoskill. My mother came to Perth WAust. in 1987. I now livein Melbourne after my parents passing.
My mother & father were married in St Judes Church Avon-dale they lived in New Lynn (Rata St) then built on one of three of the family blocks in Titirangi Rd New Lynn where Igrew up. The house still stands but old in repair & the propertyhas been sub-divided & the land that was a Plant Nursery isnow built on. The family always lived in Avondale or NewLynn, I decided on Browns Bay after my marriage & thencame to Australia where my Grand parents actually were born.
During the war years my mother worked in the Avondale PostOffice & talked about the Americans coming to get their al-lowances. Their accommodation was at the Avondale College& Intermediate where I went to School. One of my class