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Avondale Historical Journal 61

Avondale Historical Journal 61

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Published by Lisa Truttman
Journal of the Avondale-Waterview Historical Society, Auckland, New Zealand
Journal of the Avondale-Waterview Historical Society, Auckland, New Zealand

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Published by: Lisa Truttman on Aug 17, 2011
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The AvondaleHistorical Journal
September-October 2011
Volume 11 Issue 61
Official Publication of the Avondale-Waterview Historical  Society Incorporated 
Next meeting of theAvondale-WaterviewHistorical Society:Saturday, 1 October 2011,2.30 pmSt Ninian’s Church
St Georges Road, Avondale(opp. Hollywood Cinema)
Tony Goodwin supplied these for the
and an accompanyingarticle on the Evertons of Donegal Street here in Avondale on the nextpage. Here are his captions:1. Muriel and son Graham, November 21 19352. Mother with Wilfred, 11years and Muriel 22 years3. Graham Everton, 9 years 3 months, June 19444. Frank and Muriel Everton with Grandchildren Mark and Joan5. Frank Wood ex fiancé of Muriel’s at Karekare 1926 where theywere both teaching
 Photos from the Everton Family
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
 Page 2
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.
Margaret Bassett
Memories of the Evertons
 by Tony Goodwin
The Avondale Historical Journal 
Volume 11 Issue 61
 Page 3
 Images of  Rosebank
 from Robert Chisholm
 In response to the publication of stage one of the
Rosebank Landscape Study,
Robert Chisholm emailed these images, alongwith their captions. Thanks, Robert.
(Top) Typical Houses and Landscape: The Bungalow isopposite # 67 Patiki Road. (Sangster House). Note BambooHedge leading down driveway virtually to creek. To left of Sangster House is field attached to Bracey Lot. Date of pic:How old do you think Terry Whitchurch looks, that’s him onthe right.(Above) you can get the idea of the state of Patiki Road, which the ATBrefused to come down, hence we walked to the junction of Rosebank tocatch the bus. .Pic taken outside 67 Patiki, looking up the hill. Wick Bracey house on the right. In the pic left to right: John Chisholm,Rodney Alfred Charles Johnson, me, Ian Sangster, and Jim Chisholm atback.
(right) The lawn at the main house for Chisholm farm. Long establishedby earlier people, maybe Bell? The driveway wound right around thelawn which comprised various exotic trees including fan palms andproteas, and the centrepiece was a huge pond with a fountain, rosesaround it. You can just see this fountain in behind Mum and big broAllan Chisholm. Somewhere I read in the study something about thelandscape being a bit slummy. I can certainly say that this place was noslum, just look at the garden. Pic would be late 1944 or early 1945. Youshould have seen the walnut tree to the north of the main house. Cuttingthat tree was certainly a crime.

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