Heart of the Whau – part 3 – Once a Borough 1900-1930
inaugurated between Hendersonand Auckland.
Tracks and Trains Through Henderson,
by David Lowe]
Application wasmade (to Eden LicensingCommittee) for the transfer of thelicence in respect to the AvondaleHotel from the widow Mrs EmmaStych to William Baker. Mr ONicholson (a lawyer and laterMayor of Mt Eden Borough)appeared in support. The policereport stated that the house was ingood order and well-conducted.The necessary papers being inorder, the transfer was granted,and also renewal of William Baker’slicence. (He may have been thelast licensee)
On March 41903, Mr A W Page
“waited on the board with reference to obtaining the permanent levels of the roadway fronting his property, it being his intention to erect a brick building (plans produced) – also to discuss the question of grading and kerbing the footpath.”
This was tobe one with a false gable façade,composing a dwelling, shop andgrain store. The Roads Boardapproved the work up to the valueof 5 guineas, or £5, 5/-. In July,Page offered to pay half the cost ofthe kerbing.
[minutes, Avondale RoadsBoard 1903].
Two years later,maintenance work by John Lees onthe footpath, “tarring and sanding”had been “interfered with before ithad been passed by the Board.”
Tenders were called inadvertisements on 21 April, andfrom April to June, 1903 the Pagesbuilding was erected (taken over byArthur W Page in August.) Thearchitect was J Currie.
“Yesterday Mr J Currie, architect,received tenders for a brick shop and dwelling-house, to be erected at Avondale, on a site opposite to the hotel, for Mr A W Page,merchant, of Kingsland. The building is to be a 1-storey erection,the shop having a frontage of 40ft,and the grain store a frontage of 50ft. The tender accepted (brickwork only) was that of Mr F Ellisdon, for £875.
,21/4/1903, from Mike Butler report,Heritage Planning, Auckland City, 2001]
The “grain-store” may have beenthe shed beside the store itself,which was later to serve as aplumbing workshop (1930s-1950s)and the first site of Des Ferry’spanel-beating business later.By 5 May 1904, the Roads Boardadvised the annual meeting of thedistrict’s ratepayers, that
“Great improvement had been made to the road in the village, which was warranted by the erection of Page’s fine block of buildings.”
In 1906, the building was leased toBollard and Wood (17/11/06). BenBollard and Edward Wood paid offthe lease by 1909, and started the“Bollard & Wood” company whichlasted until 1922. From 1915, afterhis father John’s death, Ben Bollardtook over the family land agentbusiness in Queen Street, andEdward Wood ran the business onhis own. Mr Wood was also, in1904, secretary to the AvondaleMinstrels, still surviving as a groupfrom their beginnings in the 1860s.
[Mike Butler report, Heritage Planning,Auckland City Council, 2001].