Rosebank Peninsula Thematic Landscape Study 2008-2010. By Endangered Gardens Page 2
1.1 Executive Summary
This report was commissioned in early 2008 by the Avondale-Waterview Historical Society todocument within the financial and time frame of two and a half years some eight themesassociated with the horticultural and landscape history of the narrow coastal peninsula thathas been a home and source of food and employment for many generations of both Māoriand Pakeha.The focus of this report has been the economic, planning and social history that has includedtravel outside Auckland to document invaluable horticultural and landscape records held inthe Manawatu district and Wellington. Some archival material has been examined but muchremains to be explored from this source, such as themes dealing with the history of thechanging market gardening husbandry and urban industry that replaced it.Under
are listed several inventories of the names of families identified in bothrecords and archives recovered for the project such as
The Auckland Directory
for 1911,1922 and 1950.At the beginning of the project the Rosebank Peninsula was divided into thirteen blocks of land for ease of research purposes such as filing of records and assisting in the discovery of gaps in the published knowledge of the place. Each of the blocks roughly follows the originalsubdivision into the 13 ‘sections’ first made in the 1840s.The writer’s own market gardening relatives, the Dolphin family, cultivated a central part of the peninsula but he had never met his relatives while they lived here. He has been inspiredby the stories related to him from Norma.Field visits, including the walking of all the streets and public reserves, were undertaken inall weathers to try and understand the lay-of-the-land and assist in understanding when,where and how the urban processes drove the market gardens and pip and stone fruitorchardists from the peninsula.This report documents the contested nature of Auckland’s post 1840 landscape history. It isa unique story with parallels regarding the intensive cultivation of land for food bycombinations of owner and leaseholder orchardists and market gardeners at Albany,Birkenhead, Huapai, Titirangi and Tamaki.
Avondale.“This is an important outdoor and indoor market-gardening area. The average size of holdings is onlyseven acres, but this is inclusive of glasshouse establishments on very small holdings. The soils, derivedfrom the Waitemata complex, are quite fertile and, with the high water table, heavy croppingprogrammes and high yields can be maintained without recourse to watering.“
Hunt, Donald Trevor. 1959. Market Gardening in Metropolitan Auckland. In,
New Zealand Geographer
. Vol. XV. No 2. October. Pp. 129-155.