I was very fortunate and privileged to have the opportunity in November 2001, over thecourse of two days, to take notes from the handwritten "Corps History" book kept by officersof the Avondale Salvation Army Corps from 1928, when the Hall was opened, until 1976,when the Corps ended and became the New Lynn Corps.The following are from my notes taken from the "Corps History", reproduced here with thevery kind permission of the Salvation Army Head office, and Captain Milton Collins, of the New Lynn Salvation Army Corps. A digital copy of these notes and images scanned fromCorps records was lodged with the New Lynn citadel.
Corps opened at Avondale.First Corps Officers Lieutenants Stella Vance and Gladys Hoare.Band formed and commenced under Bandmaster Henry Ashton.
Captain Joyce Harrison appointed in charge.
(From back of Salvation Army invitation card, c.1975)
Corps History, a la Miss ThompsonFirst Sunday School under a tree in a horse paddock in Highbury St, where pensioner flatsare now located.During Depression – soup made in kitchen at the rear of the hall and given out at lunchtimes – children from Avondale Tech (M&T). Mr. & Mrs. Pink, Mrs. Hollier senior.H. League photo taken during Capt. Kilgour’s time.Remember walking up planks to get into hall when hall just opened.
Captain Susie Horsham appointed in charge, assisted by Lieutenant E. Maude Kilgour.
July 21 & 22
1st anniversary of Corps celebrated – overdue on account of activities connected with theCentenary Year Campaign. Piano purchased for Corps.
Visit of Mrs. Commissioner Hay, Mrs. Colonel Taylor and Mrs. Brigadier Cottrill to HomeLeague. Record attendance. Good meeting.