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Avondale Historical Journal No. 52

Avondale Historical Journal No. 52

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Published by Lisa Truttman
Journal of the Avondale-Waterview Historical Society, Auckland, New Zealand
Journal of the Avondale-Waterview Historical Society, Auckland, New Zealand

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The AvondaleHistorical Journal
March—April 2010
Volume 9 Issue 52
Official Publication of the Avondale-Waterview Historical  Society Incorporated 
Next meeting of theAvondale-Waterview Historical Society:Saturday, 3 April 2010, 2.30 pmLion’s Hall,corner Blockhouse Bay Road and GreatNorth Road
In December last year, I emptied my letterbox on the way to therailway station, and noticed an envelope in the small bundlefrom AWHS member Patricia Norton. With time to spare at thestation, I set about opening the envelope to see what was inside.I found to my immense delight, along with a photo of DooleyJamieson’s butcher’s van, the above image.Now, this has been the subject of a hunt for nearly 30 years. Inthe early 1980s, a Mrs Mould donated the image at right to theAvondale Community Library. The Avondale History Group,while compiling
Challenge of the Whau
, hoped a copy of thephoto would come out of their research, but to no avail; and Ipublished the image from the library in the first issue of thisJournal, back in September 2001.
There is still questions about the image (Patricia says it may beDooley Jamieson in the cart. If so, he started out working forDan Robertson the baker, who operated at Avondale c.1910-1919).
The house, by the way, is that of the Collins family.More on this in a later issue.
Dan Robertson’s Cart, c.1910-1919
 Page 2
Volume 9 Issue 52
The Avondale Historical Journal 
On 3 December 2009, what was once Avondale’s depotfor the Transport Bus Company burned. Over followingdays, the property owners demolished the remains. Here’sthe story of the site.
In 1865, John Shedden Adam and his surviving sisterMargaret engaged John Buchanan as their agent for thesale of their land at Avondale, the Windsor Estate. Part of this sale was the triangular site between Wingate Street(formerly Windsor, then Old Windsor Road) and GreatNorth Road. In 1866, the Adams sold Lots 40 to 47 toWilliam McLeod (an engineer) of Henderson Mill for
552/6. William McLeod moved to Wanganui by October1866 and borrowed
28 as mortgage on the property fromhis brother John. John McLeod died in April 1869, and hiswidow Christina claimed the site after William defaultedon the mortgage by 1877.
In September 1879, Christina sold the property for
100 tohotelkeeper Robert Dakin. Dakin had purchased the WhauHotel just five months before, and was to remain its ownerfor the next nine years. In February 1884, he sold theWingate/Great North Road site to the Northern OmnibusCompany for
250. This included two adjoining lotsfurther along Wingate Street purchased by Dakin in 1881.
The Northern Omnibus Company was formed in March1883, from a number of settlers in Avondale and MtAlbert who sought a “competent omnibus service”between their districts and the city. The company formedwith 4000 shares of 
1 each. Robert Dakin was listed(name misspelled “Daykin”) on the initial prospectusadvertised in the newspapers. The new company intendedto provide services for not only the New North Roadroute, but also Great North Road via Arch Hill and PtChevalier. Avondale was to be the terminus, and stableserected on a suitable piece of land. A timetable was adver-tised by July 1884, but the company failed to make aprofit. In August 1884, the company took out a mortgagefrom Robert Dakin totalling
530, with a condition thatthe company maintain insurance for all buildings erectedor to be erected. This mortgage was cleared on the sameday in April 1886 when the company sold the site to pro-duce merchant (later Takapuna and Epsom bus proprietor)William Paterson for
558. It is possible, therefore, that astable dating from 1884 existed on the site. By May 1887,Paterson advertised a horse bus service from the city viaMt Albert to Avondale.
The horse-bus stable at Avondale was considerably large,as indicated by the descriptions offered by the newspaperswhen it burned down in October 1898.
 A ‘bus stable at Avondale owned by Messrs Patterson and Co. was destroyed by fire early this morning. The out-break was discovered about five a.m. by Edgar Wm. Ward,a settler living about four hundred yards from the stables. He at once ran to the scene and roused the inmates, threebus drivers named Charles Lake, Alfred Ward and James Benton, who slept on the premises. They had just sufficient time to remove the buses and horses (numbering about 50)and harness from the building. Everything else in the sta-bles was completely destroyed, and the building burned tothe ground. How the fire arose is not known. John For-syth, a bus driver in the employ of Messrs Patterson, passed the stables between 3 and 4 a.m., and saw no signof fire then. The stables were insured for 
400 in the New Zealand office, and were valued at 
600. Forage and ef- fects to the value of 
100 were lost in the fire. (Star)
The stables were soon rebuilt; they feature in a photographpublished in the
 NZ Graphic
, 21 April 1900.
William Paterson died in August 1905.
The death of Mr. Wm. Paterson, founder of the firm of W.Paterson and Co., ‘bus proprietors, occurred yesterday.The late Mr. Paterson, who was a native of East Kilbryde,Scotland, was 62 years of age, and came to Auckland inthe early sixties. ... Here he laid the foundation of a most successful business as a ‘bus and cab proprietor, withbranches at Auckland, Mount Roskill, Mount Eden, Avondale, Devonport, and Rotorua. He was at one time proprietor of the horse tramcars, at the same time carry-ing on his grain and produce business. He took a keeninterest in politics, and followed the various politicalchanges of his day with close attention, although hesought no public office. He was a benevolent man, but carefully concealed from the public gaze his many chari-table acts. (Herald)
Many of his properties, which included the Avondale site,were inherited by his daughter Mary Ann Paterson. By1908 it was a livery stable operated first by James Farrar,then Anderson Brothers from c.1910, and the base for An-drews & Co from c.1918. At some point the property wasleased to Charles Theodore Pooley, a local road
Fiery End to Avondale’s Bus Depot
by Lisa J Truttman
Paterson horse bus on Queen Street. Detail from photo ref 7-A1715, courtesy Sir George Grey Special Collections, Auckland City Library
The Avondale Historical Journal 
Volume 9 Issue 52
 Page 3
contractor. Pooley had the stables converted to a motorgarage for a member of his family, Percy Keen, by c.1920.Whether the Paterson stable had been demolished in theearly 1920s to accommodate the General Omnibus Com-pany (GOC) bus depot and garage which was destroyed in1924 has yet to be determined.
 An outbreak of fire, which completely destroyed a motor garage, six motor vehicles, including two passenger motor buses, and a six-roomed dwelling occurred at Avondaleshortly after 11 o’clock last night.
The scene of the firewas a site upon which a few years ago Patterson’s stableswere located, but the stables had been demolished and amotor garage, measuring 60ft by 129ft, of corrugated iron, had been erected. Last night the garage contained seven vehicles, and of these a 40-seater Guy motor char-a-banc, valued at 
700, and a 20-seater Ford char-a-banc, valued at 
600, were completely destroyed. TheFord motor bus was insured, but not so the Guy. Thesewere the property of the General Omnibus Company.Other vehicles destroyed were two motor-lorries owned by Mr. W.R.T. Leighton, contractor, of Henderson, and Mr.C.T. Pooley, also a six-cylinder Cleveland car, owned byConstable Douglas, of Avondale, valued at 
550, and atwo-seater Ford owned by the General OmnibusCompany. Two wooden motor bus tops, the property of  Mr. McCarthy and Mr. B. Mason, were also burned.
 About 12ft away from the garage was a six-roomed houseoccupied by Mr. L. Tierney, hairdresser, and owned by Mr. Pooley. When it became evident that the garage wasdoomed the Avondale volunteer fire brigade arrived, allefforts were concentrated in an endeavour to save thehouse, as it was apparent that nothing could be done tosave the garage or contents. A high wind, however, frustrated the efforts of the brigade, and the house wassoon a mass of flames. Then the Mt Albert brigade ar-rived, and, combining with the Avondale men, attentionwas diverted to a cottage next to Mr. Pooley’s house. Beyond being scorched the cottage suffered no damage.
 Mr. Tierney was a heavy loser, the whole of the contentsof the house, which were uninsured, being destroyed. Neighbours quickly came to the assistance of Mr. Tierney,his wife, and the children, and provided shelter for thenight. By a stroke of good fortune a motor bus which had  just been built, and was expected yesterday at the garage,did not arrive, and another bus, which had only completed the last run from the city to Avondale, instead of beingturned into the garage, was outside. Another, a 24-seater,was pushed to a place of safety by two employees, whowere on the premises.
The fire burned fiercely and the heat was terrific and  forced the spectators to watch the proceedings from arespectable distance. The quantities of benzene on the premises blew up with loud reports, but all of these wereeclipsed when the roof crashed. The summoning of the Mount Albert brigade soon became an urgent necessity,and to its efforts are attributed the saving of the second house. The Avondale brigade worked heroically, but withits limited equipment could not cope with the fire. Therewere a number of horse boxes on the town side of thegarage, and two racehorses were housed there. They wereliberated without injury.
The losses are fairly heavy, the biggest being sustained by[General] Omnibus Company, the principals of which are Messrs E. R. Alexander and G. R. Horrocks. Besides thelosses on vehicles, about 
200 worth of tools and accesso-ries, and 
70 worth of tyres, were destroyed. Some of the
The remains of the buildings on Great North Road. Phototaken 4 December 2009, before total demolition.

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