Avondale Avondale Avondale Avondale- -- -Waterview Waterview Waterview Waterview Historical Society Incorporated Historical Society Incorporated Historical Society Incorporated Historical Society Incorporated
No. 58July– August 2012
Prepared by Lisa Truttman, President and Editor
Next meeting:Saturday 4 August 2012, 2.30 pmSt Ninians ChurchSt Georges Road,opposite Hollywood CinemaTHIS WILL BE OUR 10th ANNUALGENERAL MEETINGGuest Speakers
, David Verran has beeninvited, after I heard an excellent talk by him on EastCoast Bays
AWHS member Arthur Milner.
Arthur has posed a question for our Society’smembers: during World War II, were local womenin the district manpowered for work in that period?December:
I’ve offered to give a talk on Partington’sMill, Symonds Street (1851-1950).
Bruce Harvey, author of a number of bookson West Auckland, will talk to us on the wreck of theHMS
(1863) at the Manukau Heads. Nextyear marks the 150th anniversary of the disaster.AWHS member Jack Petherington Munk died in lateJune. Some of his photographs were used alongsidethose by Jack Dragicevich in the latter’s work, the
Waterview Heritage Study
, published by our Society in2007.
Jack Munk was also active in the field of photographichistory, arranging a display of cameras and photo-graphs at the Matakohe Museum once. He was a keensupporter of our Society, and will be greatly, sadlymissed.I attended the 21 June re-opening of the “new” TaitPark beside Rosebank Road in Avondale, after theCouncil worked on improving the grounds, creatingnew walking paths, and generally bringing the smallreserve back into community use.
This park began with a donation of land, plus moneyfor play equipment, by Avondale’s second mayor,William John Tait in 1927. 85 years on, Tait’s park isno longer a place with slides and swings, but hopefullyhe would still be happy that the public have an openspace in which to sit on sunny days.
150th anniversary commemorationGeorge Maxwell Memorial Cemetery
The Parish of St Jude's in Avondale will be organising acommemoration day for the 150th anniversary of thefirst burial at what is today the George Maxwell Memo-rial Cemetery, corner Rosebank Road and OrchardStreet. In 1862, Dr Thomas Aickin donated an acre of land there for the establishment of an Anglican church inAvondale. His young son William was the first burialthere, 3 August 1862.The George Maxwell Memorial Cemetery (formerlyknown as Avondale Cemetery, Rosebank Cemetery, andOrchard Street Cemetery) is Avondale’s oldest cemetery.This was once part of the farm of Dr Thomas Aickin. In1886 ownership of the property was transferred to “AlanKerr Taylor, John Bollard and Matthew Thomas Claytonupon trust for a cemetery and for religious charitable andeducational purposes.”In 1958, the last member of the Cemetery Trust Board,Harold Bollard, appointed the General Trust Board of the Diocese of Auckland to be trustees of the cemetery.Responsibility was then handed over to the ParochialDistrict of Avondale. In 1990, the cemetery was namedthe George Maxwell Memorial Cemetery, after the latecaretaker, George Maxwell.On Sunday 5 August 2012, a service will be held at StJudes Church, St Judes Street at 10 am, followed byluncheon at the church hall at 11.30 am, then a gravesideblessing at the cemetery at 12.30 pm.For further information on this occasion, please contactChristine and John Russell:firstname.lastname@example.org
Tait ParkIn Memorium