I note the articles by Robin Fazakerley
[last issue — Editor]
(I knew a Gavin Fazakerley, any relation?) andmap 2 shows the Everton's home at 20 Donegal Street.Graham Everton, the only son of Frank and MurielEverton was a close friend of mine for many years untilhis death. Pam Harpham mentions the Tomlinson's shopin Avondale, they also lived in Donegal Street at number18, next door to Evertons. [Ces and Zoe Robertson livedat number 16, and the house is still in the family owner-ship] The fact that I now live at 14 Donegal Street iscoincidental.Frank Everton started work with the Auckland ElectricPower Board in 1923 and to the best of my knowledgespent the next 36 years with them as a meter reader. It islegend that he could add up your power bill in his head atthe time he would read it! I remember him as a veryquiet and personal man. He retired from the Power Boardin 1959.Muriel was for many years the Infant Mistress atAvondale Primary School. She trained as a teacher at“Rockland Hall” Epsom and taught at Karekare for hercountry service [ where she met Frank Wood. They be-came engaged but broke it off, sometime in 1926]. I don'tknow when she married Frank Everton or when theymoved to Donegal Street, but Graham was born February1935, six months before me. Muriel retired from teach-ing at Blockhouse Bay Primary School, December 1953.At some stage an annex was added onto the back of thehouse for Graham which became a “pad” for his friendsfrom the Avondale Baptist Church where we all attendedthe 7
Auckland Boys Brigade company. After hismarriage, this room was let to a Peter Watts who regret-tably took his own life on the premises sometime in the70s. Muriel ended her days at the “Aranui Home” MtAlbert (gifted to the Auckland Baptist Auxiliary for thecare of “Christian Gentlewomen”).
The Avondale Historical Journal
Volume 11 Issue 61
More on Vera Fowler
Graham attended Avondale College and had a strong in-terest in science and on one memorable occasion, withthe help of Don Holt who lived across the road inDonegal Street, we concocted some home made explo-sives and destroyed the storm-water cess pit in the street– but no one knew anything although the noise alone wastremendous! You have to remember that Holt's was thelast house in the street on that side and from there downto St. Jude Street was the “Horse paddock” – actuallyrailway land. Graham went on to become a pharmacistand had the shop at Green Bay for many years. He wasmarried to Beverly Hayhow who suffered a tragic caraccident that left her paralyzed at the same time they hadthree young children. She went on to be a wonderfulmother and an inspiration to many with her positive atti-tude.I have in my possession a number of family photographscourtesy of Mark Everton. Muriel was a wonderful helpto historians by writing so much information on the back of these photographs thus making them not only a re-pository of family history but also a mine of interestingfacts. This is rather meandering, but is written as itcomes into my head.
Tony GoodwinJuly 2011
On reading Robin Fazakerley’s memories re VeraFowler (Grey) [last issue] I wish to correct some of them. I calculate that Robin Fazakerley was about eightat the time she is remembering. Vera Fowler waswidowed and left with two children aged about 10-12.She shifted from Kingsland area back to her mother’shome in Chalmers Street.It is a rambling house with, at that time, a very dilapi-dated drive, and would have appeared “castle like”? to asmall girl.Re the piano lessons and the “maid” – this would havebeen the home owner Vera’s mother and the waitingroom a small sitting room. The room with the piano wasof average size with not near the amount of furniture asshe remembers.Vera’s son, after visiting the house as an adult, com-mented how small the rooms were and a regret howmany Grey & Menzies empty bottles had fallen to hisshanghai, when considering present day valuations of oldrelics.
Memories of the Evertons
by Tony Goodwin