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Avondale Historical Journal Vol. 1 Issue 4

Avondale Historical Journal Vol. 1 Issue 4

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For anyone interested in the formation of a
Historical Society for Avondale-Waterview
 — a meeting will be held at the
Avondale Community Centre, 99 Rosebank Road, Avondale, on Saturday 30 March, 2 pm
Car parks available just off Rosebank Road (the Community Centre is between Great North Road and Ash Street, with car park entry from Highbury Street). If you can before the meeting, let me know that you’re coming — I’d like to organise a spot of tea or coffee for those attending. With the view to creating a formal incorporated society, I’ll have a draft constitution ready for consideration and amendment. If you’d like a copy of this, but can’t come to the meeting — just let me know. — Lisa Truttman
I picked up a pamphlet recently from the Special Collections department of Auckland Central Library on the Auckland Library Heritage Trust. This was formed in 1991 “to take on the task of rescuing and restoring the heritage collections so that this precious documentary record would not be lost.” The Trust’s work involves rehousing some collections to environments and conditions that will limit their decay, sorting and cataloguing, providing protective enclosures for fragile books, and apply conservation
The Avondale Historical Journal
Publication of the
 Heart of the Whau
March April 2002 Volume
Historical Society Meeting in March
Library Heritage Trust
The Rosebank Bakehouse
Whau Horse Bus Driver
3 – 4
Inside this issue:
Meeting Date Set Date Set Date Set Date Set Auckland Library Heritage Trust
treatment to maps and parchment documents. For further information on the Trust, contact: The Secretary Auckland Library Heritage Trust P O Box 4138, Auckland 1015, or Phone (09) 307 7758, Fax (09) 307 7741, or Email: grahamt@akcity.govt.nz
Napier. “Sam” Kirkpatrick married Magdalene Webster Grubb of the Avondale baker’s family in 1890, so in 1903 he was essentially carrying on the family business. (The Kirkpatricks and the Grubbs had been cousins before this). One of their sons, Robert Webster Kirkpatrick, (1890-1937) went on to co-found, wwith the Stevens family, Kirkpatrick & Stevens of NNewmarket, and one of his sons in turn, Robert Noel Kirkpatrick, was a Newmarket Borough Councillor in the early 1970s. His daughter is Noeline Raffills, current Auckland City Councillor for Avondale-Roskill Ward. Mr Grubb senior continued to work for his son-in-law until his death on the railway line, crushed between two carriages he was passing between without realising they were being shunted. According to Mr Keith Grubb, his grand-son, his grandfather’s dog (to which he gave a double whiskey and milk each morning) ran yelp-ing from the scene and fetched Mrs Grubb. He is ap-parently buried in Rosebank Cemetery, although no record has been found to date. By 1910, Daniel Robertson had a general store on the bak-ery site, running his combined bakery-groceries-coal busi-ness until around the end of World War I, when the Thode Brothers took over. Ernest Bright ran a bakery business close by, until a fire in the early 1920s burned the entire block out. The Fearon's Building stands on the site today. As an after note, the Kirkpatrick family went on to own the Rosebank Station Store (west corner of Rosebank and Roberton Roads, built 1912-1913) until at least the late 1920s.
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The Avondale Historical Journal
Volume 1,Issue 4
 Page 2
Among the signs of Avondale’s increasing urbanisation from its more rural early days in the middle of the nine-teenth century was the advent of bakehouses in the 1890s, providing the still forming village community with their daily bread. At what is now 69 Rosebank Road a Mr Grubb became the first baker on the Rosebank Rd/Great North Rd (northwest) corner, and proprietor of the first recorded bakehouse in the mid 1890s . His shop included an area for the stabling of horses, which is now the present-day site of the former Masonic Hall. Be-fore this, the area, part of the larger Chisholm (Rosebank) Estate, was  just farmland after the break-up and sale of Robert Chisholm’s Estate in 1882 [information from M Butler report, Heritage Planning, Auckland City Council, 2001]. The father of Mr Grubb who started the Rosebank Bakehouse came to New Zealand in the 1860s, and set up a bakery in Karangahape Road. Unfortunately, during the De-pression of the 1880s -1890s, he went bankrupt. His son was a baker in the Northern Ireland Constabulary when he emigrated with his sister to New Zealand, following their fa-ther. Later, in Avondale, once he had married, he started the bakery. Mr Keith Grubb, his grandson, told me how his grand-father would drink quite a bit, and would frequent the Avondale Hotel all too often and for far
 long as far as his wife was concerned. Once, when losing her patience with her husband, she took a stock whip and went into the Hotel, clearing everyone out in her anger. However, Mr Grubb had seen her coming from across the fields, and was well out of the way. The licensee at the time, possibly the ill-fated Mr J R Stych (see Issue 3,
Going Down to the Hotel
 part two), banned Mrs Grubb from ever coming in and clearing out his hotel again. John Bollard, during his time as the local MP for Eden, would often come into the bakehouse to talk to Mr Grubb – and would just as often walk out onto the street with flour all over his back from being heartily patted across the shoulders by Mr Grubb. By 1 April 1903, Mr Robert Samuel Kirkpatrick had bought Grubb’s land and bakery on the north-western corner of Rosebank/Great North Road, and ran Kirkpatrick’s Bakery there until early 1905. Robert Samuel Kirkpatrick (1866-1948) was the son of Duncan Kirkpatrick (arrived 1860 from County Antrim, Ireland) and Jane McCaughan, whom he married in
Those who had to conduct business in Auckland City in the late 1870s used the horse buses, or omnibuses, that plied the routes either along the Great North Road or along New North Road between the City and the Whau and further west. One of the horse bus drivers of the time was one Laurence Teirney, operating from out of the rural Whau district, and a forgotten charac-ter from out of our history.
(Thanks to information  from Mr Teirney’s descendant, I now know that his  first name and surname appear in differing forms in the newspapers and other records. As the family today spell their name as "Teirney", I have tried to continue that in the narration).
Mr Teirney apparently had an aversion to other users of the rutted roads passing him along the way. And he had a quick, pugnacious temper, going by what the newspapers of the day relate. An article in the NZ Herald, 7th November 1879 tells us:
“An accident occurred in Symonds St between 7 and 8  pm, which imperilled the safety of at least 1 person. A gentleman named Frost was driving a buggy, coming into town from the Whau by the New North Road, and  passed the Whau bus coming in the same direction, and driven by Lawrence Tierney. “The driver of the buggy kept close to the left side of the road after passing the omnibus. Tierney, in turn, improved his pace so as to pass the buggy, and the consequence was a violent collision, which smashed the lighter vehicle. Mr Frost was thrown out but be- yond being covered with mud and a little shaken by the fall he has sustained no serious injuries. The dam-age done to the buggy is estimated at £20.”
(article  originally found by Mike Butler of Auckland City's  Heritage Planning division)
This may have merely been a case of Teirney having a really bad day. However. I found another report from 17 January 1882.
"Obstructing a Thoroughfare -- Rival Omnibus Men. "Lawrence Tierney was charged with obstructing the  passage of Patrick Collins, Henry Holloway and oth-ers on the Great North Road on 23 December 1881." 
It seems that Patrick Collins, another Whau driver, had left the City before Mr Teirney and Teirney caught up with him at the Whau Hotel. Teirney left 5 minutes before Collins, and Collins caught up with him at New Lynn
"near the sta-bles where he stopped."
Collins called to Teirney to
"give room to pass, but he (Tierney) kept to the centre of the road."
Collins then drew his bus onto a siding and tried to pass Teirney's bus that way, but Teirney thwarted the attempt by drawing across him-self, preventing Collins from getting any fur-ther. Then Teirney used his bus and horses to block the middle of the Whau Bridge, caus-ing Collins to pull up short.
"(Teirney) stopped there for half a minute, and stopped again at the end of the bridge, and then started to gallop up the hill (toward the Whau township) before (Collins) got up to him."
Teirney had been charged with obstructing a public carriageway under the Public Works Act of the time, but was discharged without conviction of that charge due to a technicality -- the police had chosen the wrong part of the Public Works Act on which to lay the charge. The
 report did not stop there, however. Teirney was next charged with
"conduct calculated to provoke a breach of the peace."
He was accused of taking off his shirt at the Whau, and challenging Collins to a fight.
"Mr Lennox," 
 the report advised,
"who was subpoened, was unable to come in. He was an important witness, but he was suffering from an injury." 
 According to Teirney, Collins picked the fight first, and he was backed up by a Charles H Smith and William Armstrong. Still, he was convicted and fined 20 shillings and costs of 1 pound, 4 shillings.
The man behind the legend.
Laurence O'Tierney was born 18 June 1843, in Co. Cavan, Cootehill, Ireland. Laurence married Bridget Cunningham (b. 1843) in 1864, and over the course of their marriage which lasted through travels across Ireland up to Belfast, and out to New Zealand, they had 10 children, 9 of which lived to major-ity. The family arrived in Auckland on Friday November 20, 1874, after a stormy voyage aboard the
. According to a grand daughter of Laurence, Beatrice, she had learned from her father (Larry Teirney) that
"the family had been brought to New Zea-land by a Mr Quick for Laurence to be a
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Volume 1,Issue 4
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The Whau’s Legendary Horse Bus DriverThe Whau’s Legendary Horse Bus DriverThe Whau’s Legendary Horse Bus DriverThe Whau’s Legendary Horse Bus Driver
“Teirney was next charged with
"conduct calculated to pro- voke a breach of the peace."
He was accused of taking off his shirt at the Whau, and challenging Collins to a fight.”

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