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Remembering Miss Newey

Remembering Miss Newey

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Published by Lisa Truttman
Presentation made to Henderson-Massey Local Board, Auckland 2 February 2012, regarding proposal to preserve cottage once owned by Miss Eileen Newey of Henderson.
Presentation made to Henderson-Massey Local Board, Auckland 2 February 2012, regarding proposal to preserve cottage once owned by Miss Eileen Newey of Henderson.

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Published by: Lisa Truttman on Feb 02, 2012
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At the time of writing, a 90-year-old cottage which wasremoved from Henderson in 1987/1988, relocated at WesternSprings on land leased from Auckland City Council to theAuckland Horticultural Society to serve as a “caretaker’scottage”, then removed again in September 2011, is inHobsonville awaiting either sale or demolition.
It would be beneficial to the community memoryremaining if one of Henderson’s 20th century identi-ties of the cottage could return to the district in whichit was built.
Eileen Rosie May ewey
, described in 1987 as one of Henderson's oldest residents when she died, left the Hender-son Borough Council her land at the corner of Edmonton andGreat North Road as a reserve, establishing Newey's Corner.Edges of the property were used to widen the intersection,with Miss Newey's approval. The Council advised the
Western Leader 
at the time that the house "will be made avail-able free for removal to an approved community group." Themayor ofHenderson at the time, Assid Corban, described Miss Newey as a school teacher of many years, who took great in-terest in the Henderson community. "She taught me at school, and many generations of Henderson people, she went beyond the bounds of a normal school teacher in the area."
Memories of Miss ewey (gathered by Trevor Pollard)
Chris Tunks
(Oratia) delivered the paper (
He would roll it up tight and try to throw it downon to Miss Mewey’s verandah. She was his teacher at Henderson School.
Jack Morris
said Miss Newey, a lovely lady, lived with her parents on the corner of Great NorthRoad and Edmonton Road. She asked him once to go from school to Henderson Village to buy her lunch. Her umbrella turned inside out, and he feared punishment but Miss Newey just patted him onthe head and said, “It’s all right, just an umbrella.”
Lionel Fuller
said his 5 older brothers were taught by Miss Newey. She was greatly respected.
Mary McIntosh
(nee Corban), volunteered to go down to Miss Newey’s cottage. This was keenlysought after as her mother would give you a sweetie or cake. She was also Mary’s Sunday schoolteacher at St Michael’s, as well as an accomplished lawn bowler. Well-respected and kind — Miss Newey also taught several of the Corban family.
From Henderson Primary School Centenary (1873-1973) booklet, page 31
“Miss Newey, who still lives in Henderson, has in her own words, “Taught two generations of chil-dren.” Hers has been a long association with Henderson School, as pupil 1920-1925, probationaryassistant 1931, assistant teacher 1936-1937 and 1943-1947 and as infant mistress 1959-1963. In all
Detail from DP 7645, LINZ records, crowncopyright
Miss Newey has spent eleven years of her teaching career at the school, which is a fine record in-deed.
“The children she taught, now grown to adult-hood, may be in all parts of the country, but they willnever forget their early days at Henderson School under Miss Newey’s expert guidance. They all say,with one voice, “Oh yes, we remember Miss Newey, she was one of the best teachers WE had.”
The eweys of Henderson
The Newey family arrived in Henderson in 1920 from the city of Coventry in Warwickshire, Eng-land. They purchased the corner site beside the Oratia Stream from Mrs Annie Elizabeth Roberts in November that year, so the cottage is likely to date from around this time. Ernest Newey (c.1880-1958) was a turner and engineer. His wife Sarah Anne pre-deceased him in 1946, and his son Philwas married and living with his wife and daughter at the time of Ernest's death. Eileen Newey re-mained with her father from the 1940s until his death and inherited the property and the cottage fromhim.On two occasions, in the late 1950s, and again in 1974, the local authorities made efforts to have the Newey’s property rezoned and taken for planned widening of Edmonton Road. In the last case, Miss Newey appealed against the Henderson District Scheme (Second Review, 1974) on the grounds thattaking part of her property would mean possible limitations on sale, devalue her property, and thatthe road already came very close to her cottage. She had asked for compensation so she could liveelsewhere, and the construction of a neat stone wall to give her privacy, but the matter eventuallywent to the Town and Country Planning Appeal Board.
She must have won, to a certain extent. She remained in place, there by an increasingly busy corner,until her death in 1987 at the age of 75. In her will she wrote:
“I give my property at 331 Great North Road, Henderson, to the Mayor and Councillors for the time being of the HENDERSON BOROUGH COUNCIL and express the firm wish but without creating a binding trust that in accepting this gift the Mayor and Councillors arrange for removal of the dwell-ing and retain the land as a reserve and name it “Newey’s Corner.” I acknowledge that the Councilcould require a small portion of the land for roading purposes.”
Sources (other than those already stated:Death certificates for Ernest Newey and EileenDeath notice,
 Z Herald 
, 27 October 1958Electoral Roll information“ERM Newey—Proposed public open space and road widening”, file ref. 36/2/8/11a, AucklandCouncil Archives, West AucklandImages: Front cover: (top)
Western Leader 
28 September 1987, (bottom) L Truttman, 2011.Back cover: (top and middle) Trevor Pollard, 2012, (bottom) L Truttman, 2010

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