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No. 46July – August 2010
Prepared by Lisa Truttman, President and Editor
1990-1991 Avondale Oral HistoryProject: tapes to CD
Ron Oates, the chairman of the Avondale History Groupfrom the early 1990s, earlier this year gave AWHS analmost complete set of copies of the Avondale OralHistory tapes, prepared in 1990-1991, the interviews byKathleen Murray.
When I saw an opportunity appear last month for fundingfrom the Avondale Community Board, although it hap-pened between the Society’s meetings in April and June— I contacted our Treasurer, Alison Turner, and with heragreement and help, put in an application. We arefortunate that John Russell, of St Jude’s Church, agreedto help out with the project, undertaking the work andproviding us with a quote.
The project: John is currently digitising 49 cassette tapesfor copying onto CD format, in order to prepare 4 sets of a CD version of the 20 year old Avondale Oral HistoryProject. The total cost is $1357, and the Avondale Com-munity Board have sent a cheque which has been bankedin our projects account in the second week in June. Thesets will be for: AWHS, St Jude’s, the Avondale Commu-nity Library and the Sir George Grey Special Collectionsin the central library in the city.
Hopefully, the project will be completed in July. When Ihave more of an idea of when, I intend liaising with ourAvondale librarians to see if a special hand-overceremony could be arranged at the library, involvingKathleen Murray who did such a lot of work all that timeago to help ensure that this part of our heritage exists.John Adam presented his report on progress to theSociety at the June meeting, and posed the followingquestions to members:
What were the hedges/shelter trees around or-chards on Rosebank?
Are there any known memorial trees in churchgrounds or school?
Why did the Auckland Harbour Board withdrawfrom their proposal to reclaim around Pollen Is-land in the 1950s-1970s?
Does anyone have any further information/photos of the Riversdale Road agricultural experimental cen-tre?
The study is expected to be complete (preliminary stage) bythe end of July.
Auckland Heritage FestivalRosebank Horticultural StudyHeritage Lunch at Mill Cottage,14 August
I had thought, this year, I might duck my head down and just attend some of the events this year, not participatingon behalf of the Society. Famous last words, as the oldcliché goes.
St Judes Church are planning a second photographic ex-hibition this year, to be held Saturday 18 September andSunday 19 September. Along with that, they are organis-ing a special “pioneers in the cemetery” event at theGeorge Maxwell Memorial Cemetery, Saturday eveningon the 18th September. I’ve been asked top help out withboth of these events.On top of this, the Avondale Community Library hasasked me to give a wee talk on St Ninian’s onWednesday 22 September, and the next day I’ll be at PtChevalier Community Library talking about theAuckland Asylum history. More on this in future issues.West Auckland Historical Society organise heritagelunches and dinners at Mill Cottage, Sel Peacock Drive,Henderson, as part of their society’s fundraising.
Let me know by the end of July (ph 828-8494) if you’dlike to attend the Saturday lunch, 14 August, $25 eachperson. We need a minimum of 10. 12.30 pm.
HOMEMADE SOUP AND DAMPERCASSEROLE OF BEEFMASHED POTATOESCARROTSBEANSAPPLE CRUMBLE CUSTARD CREAMGRAPES AND CHOCOLATESBRING YOUR OWN WINE JUICE ETC.WE SERVE TEA AND COFFEE
Apologies: - I forgot to add Jean Jones to the list of thosevery kind enough to give me plant pots this year! Sorry,Jean!