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Avondale-Waterview Historical Society Newsletter 31

Avondale-Waterview Historical Society Newsletter 31

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

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Published by: Lisa Truttman on Dec 24, 2009
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AvondaleAvondale-Waterview Historical Society Incorporated

January—February 2008 No. 31 Prepared by Lisa Truttman, President and Editor

Primary School Reunion
This was extremely successful. Over 200 attended the Friday night part of the gathering on November 23, and we were close to the school hall’s capacity on the Saturday. The main memory I have (the Editor was the youngest attendee there at a mere 44 years of age, attended 1968-1974) was this tremendous wall of sound — everyone was chatting, sharing memories, getting to know one another again. Thanks goes to Avondale Primary for hosting the first general reunion for Avondale Primary School pastpupils in 37 years; and the hard-working organising committee: Doris Selwyn (our facilitator), Val Walton, Val Humphries-Grey, Margaret Griffiths, Ron Oates,

assisted by Neville Exler (who helped out with the liquor requirements). A-1 Caterers put on a wonderful spread both days, and the Pastry Chef Bakery in Great North Road, Avondale prepared the two cakes (we had to have a large one and medium one, chocolate sponges, because there was so many of us there!). The cake-cutters were Cliff Mitchell, Cameron Kay, Lorna Gagen and Dolly Webb. Thanks also to all who attended. The range of ages ran from myself, right through to Mr. Cameron Kay, 100 years old, who attended the school 1913-1914. Special thanks to those who supplied us with copies of their old photos. I mentioned at the event that a 150th anniversary reunion in 2010 could be in the offing. 1860, after all, was when the first Whau School began, in the little Presbyterian Church. Well, there were those who have said that there’d never be another general reunion after the one in 1970. Thanks to all of you, we’ve proved them wrong. To celebrate the 150th anniversary — now that would be quite a shin-dig! We’ve got just over two years to go, and counting ...

Primary History
Copies of Ron Oates’ booklet, notes taken from the Avondale Primary School Committee minute books, first compiled 1990 (before Challenge of the Whau) and now updated down to 2007 is now available from the Society. The price is $5, plus $1.50 p&p. Contact Lisa at (09) 828-8494 for further info, or send your payment to the AWHS address on the back of the Journal.

A Voyage of Discovery On the Manukau Harbour

Guest Speaker
The guest speaker at our December meeting was Society member Chris Kiwi, talking to us about Ponsonby in the 1950s and 1960s. He recalled the former, and ill-deserved reputation Ponsonby had of being somewhat run-down, with houses in need of painting. There is some disagreement as to where exactly Ponsonby begins and ends, but within the boundaries are buildings, apart from some exceptions, mainly built prior to 1965, and many going back to the early years of the 20th century. “Living in Ponsonby”, said Chris, “is like living in an art gallery.” The streets are narrow by late 20th century standards, with “piano key” developments along the bus and tram routes. Chris told us about the old pubs and taverns in Ponsonby, including the Gluepot, and there was discussion amongst us all that day about the old name of Dedwood and some of the meaning behind other Ponsonby street names. Thank you, Chris, for a very interesting talk. There is no guest speaker for our February meeting — those attending are invited to share any interesting facts about growing up in Avondale-Waterview.

Come on a sightseeing trip on the Manukau Harbour. Leaving from Bottletop Bay (near Papakura) we will explore Drury Creek, Papakura Channel & Airport area. Approx 2 hours. Full commentary. Only $20 includes tea, coffee & biscuits. Make cheque payable to Manukau Harbour Cruises (please mention it is the April trip) & send to: Phil Sai-Louie 12 Lemonwood Pl Manurewa 2105 Any queries, phone Phil on 2671260

Other folks’ books
Marks of New Zealand Potters : A Comprehensive Directory 2007. New Zealand: NZ Potters Inc Newly released. Invaluable guide for dealers, collectors and historians, illustrating over 1500 of the marks used by New Zealand Potters and Ceramic Artists from 1930s to 2007 and published in a convenient handbook format. pp 145. Reasonably priced at $30 and available at Ariel Books,157A Symonds St, City. Open Mon-Sat Tel. 369 1414. www.ariel-books.com A Waikato Settler’s Legacy was published in 2007, and is the story of Waikato settler Captain John Campbell Johnstone and his descendants (including former Waterview resident Hallyburton Johnstone). Packed with essays on the family members and photographs, it’s an interesting read for those who would like to know more about Waikato settlement history. Printed by Bankwood Publications, $55, available from Diane Brooker, 07 8499176 or Nuki Snodgrass, 07 827 4782, or the Raglan Information Centre or Te Uku Store.

Trading Table
Any saleable items for the trading table, run by Dawn, would be appreciated. Dawn will be back on deck and at the table at the next meeting.

Next meeting, 2 February 2008, 2.30 pm, Lions Hall.

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