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Avondale-Waterview Historical Society Newsletter 28

Avondale-Waterview Historical Society Newsletter 28

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Newsletter of the Avondale-Waterview Historical Society, Auckland, New Zealand
Newsletter of the Avondale-Waterview Historical Society, Auckland, New Zealand

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AvondaleAvondale-Waterview Historical Society Incorporated

Newsletter
July-August 2007 Prepared by Lisa Truttman, President and Editor No. 28

Happy Birthday, AWHS
At the June meeting, we noted the Society’s 5th birthday with some decoration loaned to us by Dawn Moffatt, and a lovely afternoon tea put on by Dawn and our treasurer Alison Turner. Bill Ellis very kindly offered to take a photo of the members who turned out for the meeting on that rather grey Queen’s Birthday Saturday. A change, indeed, from our second meeting back in June 2002, which approved our constitution and kicked off the Society — that one was held in the foyer of the Avondale Community Centre (and a kind group of hirers took pity on us and helped out by sharing their cups of tea.) I thank all of you who come to our meetings so regularly but also those who can’t come, due to health, distance or commitments. Over the years you have still made your support known, by offering very kind comments and contributions for the Avondale Historical Journal, supporting us by subscription and even gifts of stamps — and also just being our friends. Speaking on my own behalf, it is a pleasure being a member of this Society where people show such a love and regard for history, both that of our area and on the wider scale. And, just as I am putting this newsletter together, we’ve had exciting good news:

A message from Friends of Oakley Creek
Greetings, On behalf of the Management Committee for Friends of Oakley Creek/ Te Auaunga, I intend to research and write a book on Oakley Creek and its surrounds. As part of the scoping for the book, a segment on the history of the creek will be included. To this end, I would love to hear peoples' stories about the creek - how they relate to the creek, their perceptions, their values, and especially their memories. Any photos would be most appreciated. Naturally, I would also welcome any other information relating to the creek and the surrounding green spaces. I am happy to meet with anyone at a mutually suitable time and place and can be contacted by phone (09) 846 1083, mobile 027 679 0211 or email: j.ndel@xtra.co.nz. Regards Norma de Langen

AWHS to receive community award !
A letter was received on 20 June advising that Avondale Community Board Chairman Lorraine Wilson had nominated our Society for a “Good Citizens Award”, and we have been selected to receive this award on 27 June. This is a wonderful and pleasant surprise. A group representing the Society will be attending the function that night.

Primary School Reunion
The Avondale Primary School Reunion is on. The Society’s organising committee for this have been hard at work and done an excellent job with arrangements to date. Dates: 23 and 24 November 2007 Contact: Doris 828-0376 or Lisa 828-8494 for details and to go on the registration mailing list.

Next meeting, 4 August 2007, 2.30 pm, Lions Hall.

St Jude’s anniversaries
A message received from the Vestry of St Jude’s Anglican Church, in Avondale. St Jude’s Anglican Parish Hall in Avondale celebrates its centenary this year and we are organising some events to mark this occasion. The main event will be the celebration of the laying of the foundation stone of the hall which took place on June 29th 1907. An “Edwardian High Tea” will be held on 1 July, 4pm to 5 pm, entry $5 a ticket, limit 100 tickets. Entertainment will be from that era. Optional dress: period costume. This will be followed at 5.30pm by Sung Evensong in the Church.’

Researching a Bailey-Bollard connection
A researcher named Keith Sloan has contacted us, seeking information on a connection between the Baileys and the Bollards. Henry Irwin Bailey was in the NZ Light Trench Mortar Battery in WWI. I'm researching this outfit. His parents were JW and MJ Bailey of "Twiston" Dominion Road. "Sergeant H. J. [sic] Bailey, who was killed in action in France on February 28, left New Zealand in April of last year. He volunteered and was trained in the Waikato Mounted Regiment. He was the fourth and youngest son of Mr. J. W. Bailey, of Dominion Road, and grandson of the late Mr. John Bollard, M.P. He was educated at the Taupiri school and the Auckland Grammar School, and afterwards went into farming pursuits. Sergeant Bailey, who was 23 years of age, was a good horseman and a keen footballer, playing with the Lower Waikato representatives." (Auckland Weekly News, 29 March 1917, p. 48).

Before St Jude’s Church was built, Anglican services were conducted in the Whau Public Hall. (This is the building next to the Hollywood Theatre in Avondale, which was originally on the theatre site.) Mr John Bollard, an Avondale father, was instrumental in getting St Jude’s built and Church of England services were held in the Church from 23 December 1884. Meanwhile, Sunday School, which was Biblical instruction for children and young people, continued in the Public Hall. Fundraising for a Sunday “School” began in I’ve passed this onto Society member Elaine Bollard, but if 1902 and our Hall was built in 1907. anyone else has information they can share, do please let Apart from Sunday School, the building has been well used Keith know on 419-4086. over the Century. In 1908 a Mutual Improvement and Athletic Club was started for youths of the parish. There was a Birkenhead Bus Tour Girls’ Friendly Society. In 1912 a branch of The Church of England Men’s Society was started. The Hall was even At the moment, after many months of negotiation with Ray rented for a time to the overcrowded Avondale Primary Johanson from Birkenhead Historical Society, here’s some School while 3 new classrooms were added on. provisional information on the 2007 Birkenhead Bus Tour: As our Hall was officially opened on the 1st September 1907, we are in the process of planning another celebration on Sunday, 2nd September. This will take the form of Choral Evensong, modern version, at 5.30 pm followed by a coffee and dessert evening; the working title is “Deadly Desserts”. Saturday October 20 at the moment, meeting at the Avondale Community Centre. I’ll still need to check with Avondale Library if some folk can use some of their spaces just next door. Cost: at the moment, no more than $25-30 per head. Bring a lunch, we’ll be visiting Birkenhead Society’s museum, and we’ll ask if we can get a cuppa there for a donaSeptember also sees a return of our Craft Show when St tion. Jude’s will again be part of the Auckland Heritage Festival. We are showcasing a display of Embroidery and Creative We’re gathering names at the moment so if you’d like to Arts on Friday 28th and Saturday 29th September from 10 am come along, let me know on 828-8494, or histo– 4 pm each day with a concert in the church at 4 pm on Sat- rian@avondale.org.nz. If anyone from among our friends in urday only. On Sunday 30th we will hold our regular morn- other Societies would like to come along, the more the mering services at 8.00 and 10.00 and there will also be a Festival Choral Evensong at 5.30 pm.

Peter Blaiklock’s Bus Tours

St Jude’s Patronal Festival takes place on Sunday 28 October with Festival services in the morning and Choral Even- Phone Peter or Jean to book: (09) 817-6268 song later in the day. July 8 — Selwyn Churches Tour We do hope you will be able to join us at any or all of our Meet at Iona Hall, Donovan St, Blockhouse Bay,12 noon events. $18 each Car parking available at the hall. These really are an enjoySincerely yours, able day out, seeing the sites and chatting to friends. The Vestry of St Jude’s Anglican Church in Avondale
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