Issue 4 Volume 1, August 2012


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(Mt Roskill) Historical Society Newsletter
. The dates - 29 Sept – 14 October Join us at 2pm on Sunday August 5 at the Church House of St David’s in the Fields Presbyterian Church, 202 Hillsborough Road, Hillsborough – there’s plenty of parking in front of the Church House. We have speakers - Reg Stewart, Committee Clerk with the Mt Roskill Borough Council from 1975-1978, will show a short film on the opening of the Mt Roskill Library, and Carol Farnell will talk about her time growing up in the area. Margaret Ting will also give a presentation on local plans – It promises to be a terrific meeting, so feel free to bring along anyone you know who might be interested. There will be a mini-AGM as well to discuss roles within the society for the upcoming year, so please consider whether you’d like to be more involved in some way. Ideas for speakers for upcoming meetings in 2013 also appreciated. We’ll also discuss thoughts around holding the first AGM of the society – December has been suggested. As usual, we’ll be having a cuppa at the end of the meeting, and a gold coin/koha would be appreciated to help cover the cost of the room rental.

The brochure isn’t out yet (it will be available at your local library when it’s published so keep an eye out) but so far we know: A guided walk around the Three Kings area. A high tea at the Pah Homestead. Garth Houltham will present an evening talk at the Pah Homestead on the Cyrus Haley affair. To be confirmed - a guided walk at Hillsborough Cemetery. There will also be a creative competition for local students called “Puketapapa: Our People, Our Place, Our History”. The competition invites students to investigate something of our local history and then to present a piece of work in one of three categories: 1) Art It! Create a piece of visual art related to a local heritage feature. 2) Write It! Submit an original piece of poetry related to our community. 3) Research It! Research and present a project about John Logan Campbell, theme of this year’s festival. The competition is open to students of all ages, with three age categories in place (Years 1-6, 710, and 11-13). th There will be a prize giving on October 13 and the three winners of the art category will have

their winning pieces exhibited at the Pah Homestead. Entries will be judged by local experts, with a ceremony and prize-giving to be held at the conclusion of the Heritage Festival on Saturday 13 October at the Wesley Community Centre.

So mention it to your neighbours, kids and grandkids. If you have questions contact Michael Wood. Phone: 620-9256. Mobile: 0275-471-926. E-Mail:

Monte Cecilia takes its name from the nun who founded the order of the Sisters of Mercy in New Zealand. Her name was Cecilia Maher. So Monte Cecilia, the jewel in the crown of Puketapapa is named in honour of her. Nearby is the Liston Village named after the Right Reverend Archbishop James Liston. Two streets in the village commemorate two other Catholic bishops of Auckland, namely Delargey and Steins. The former became the second cardinal of New Zealand. The Methodists, too, leave their mark on the district. Smallfield ran the Methodist school at the southern slopes of Three Kings and his name features off Duke Street. On the coast is Aldersgate Road named after the street in London near St Paul's, where John Wesley was inspired to break from the Anglican Church and form his reformed Church. Names of the various chairmen of the Wesleyan community are commemorated in Waikowhai coastal streets. The Victory Estate was a block of land on the west side of Dominion Road, ending at the shopping centre called the Terminus because the trams stopped at Mt Albert Road as did the trolley buses initially. The area was developed after WWI and commemorates three cities smashed by the warring armies; Louvain, Mons and Cambrai, three cities of Belgium. Cambrai saw the first use of military tanks in WWI. Ferdinand Foch led the French at the Dardanelles and at the Somme; General Haigh led the British forces and Lord Jellicoe fought at the Battle of Jutland. Sadly, the barbaric hand of Philistines removed his name and replaced it with a meaningless name of Jaspar just because there was another Jellicoe Rd in Auckland. Any school pupil could have suggested giving Jellicoe a title such as Lord or Governor-General Jellicoe but that was not to be. Perhaps we could reinstate the admiral's name one day out of respect to the Victory Estate and our knowledge of him. Yet another connection is that of politicians, both dominion wide and local. Arthur Richards gives his name to the park in Parau Street; the innocuous name of Boat Bay was replaced by Faulkner Bay after our MP. Sadly, Savage was replaced by Scout. Couldn't Michael Savage have been a more appropriate one in a state housing estate? John Rae, the first National Party MP for Roskill, is not even mentioned. In the Lower Wesley Estate in the west, we find Pinches, Woodward, Christini, and so on. The Irish connection is apparent in the area developed around the former Home of the Good Shepherd in Roskill South. Green and McCahill, developers from County Donegal, selected names such as Glenveigh, where Green has a stud farm

This day will be hosted by the Mangere Historical Society, Saturday 11 August 2012, From 10am at St James Church Hall, 29 Church Road, Mangere Bridge. Cost: $15.00 per person If interested, contact Mrs Janet Presland,President, ASAP (09) 636 8386 (

By Peter McConnell
I began with James Carlton Hill, my ancestor from Hillsborough, some 17 miles south-west of Belfast, in County Down. He bought 500 acres in Hillsborough and named it accordingly. Consequently we have the name of the coastal portion of Puketapapa - Belfast Street, Carlton, Frederick and the former Phillips Streets. This then was the Irish connection. The West Country of England is another connection. The Winstone family which bought the Mt Roskill hill and surrounding territory bequeaths us with names such as Winstone, Somerset (the home of the Winstones), Radnor and Denbigh all testifying to the Welsh origins of Winstone's wife. The French stamp is also in the district. JeanBaptiste Pompallier was the first bishop of New Zealand and a sizeable area in Polynesia covering Samoa, Tonga, Wallis and Futuna Islands, the Solomons, Fiji and New Caledonia. He was from Lyons and knew St Marcellin Champagnat, the founder of the Marist Brothers Teaching Order whose name graces the Catholic secondary school on Mt Albert Road. The Catholic church at Three Kings is named after St Thérèse of Lisieux, a Carmelite nun, and the Hillsborough parish is named after St Jean Vianny.

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in Ireland, Yeats, Wilde, etc recall the well liked Irish writers. The coastal area of Lynfield has a nautical flavour because when the Harbour Board developed the area it used the names of ships such as Mariposa, Wanganella, Canberra and so on. Hence when we consider the various names in Puketapapa there is a beautiful mosaic of seven connections and themes each bringing its own colour to the kaleidoscope of Mt Roskill and its rich heritage, a heritage which needs honouring and protecting against the wanton Philistine interference that has occurred in the past. Peter McConnell

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A Blast from the Past
From the Auckland City Archives The opening of the Fickling Centre at Three Kings.

The house at 143 White Swan Road This was discussed at the June meeting. Roskill War Veterans Garth has been in touch with the RSA and is compiling a list of Veterans. End of year trip The end of year meeting will be a trip to Cornwall Park so mark it in your diaries now – you all know how crazy December gets. Sunday 2 Dec, 2.00pm. Cornwall Park – there may even be food!!

Articles wanted for upcoming newsletters!!
If you‘d like to write an article you think would interest readers, we’d love to have it. The newsletter is not only sent to all members, but is available on line via Lisa Truttman’s Scribd account; there will be two more two newsletters for 2012 October and December. Please contact Joanne Graves if you’d like to contribute.

Heritage Matters

magazine have announced in their latest issue that they are closing down. The magazine was formed seven years ago by editor Erika Currie in her own home, with the aim to promote New Zealand heritage, and to “celebrate New Zealanders involved in restoring, preserving and enjoying it.” She says, “I agonised long and hard before reaching the difficult decision to put further publications on hold. But the hold is necessary for both personal and financial reasons until the market improves, or we have new owners.

And now for something totally different…..
Auckland City Libraries has a new blog that Heritage staff contribute to. I had a bit of fun recently when I was trawling through some 1940 issues of the Auckland Star on Microfilm and found a completely random photo of Juliet Hulme arriving in NZ. It is timely in light of the new book on Juliet/Anne Perry that is due to be released, along with the accompanying publicity in this week’s Listener, and the fascinating TV interview that played over the weekend. Here’s the post

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from: June 29 2012:
Working in the Central Auckland Research Centre, one does tend to fancy oneself as a bit of a Nancy Drew at times. As we locate missing relatives and solve mysteries, we hope don’t start too many world wars in unsuspecting families. Whilst scrolling through microfilms on a job for a customer, I came across an interesting photo in a 1948 copy of the Auckland Star. The caption reads: “Juliet Hulme and William Brown make a colourful picture in their bright tartan slacks when they arrived at Whenuapai this morning.” The issue was dated Tuesday 23 March 1948. Could it be .... I wondered. Was this the murderess Juliet Hulme, aka Anne Perry, aka Kate Winslet in ‘Heavenly Creatures’? And why was Juliet and the boy, who appeared not to be related, wearing matching tartan slacks? Juliet did have a younger brother called Jonathan but it seems he arrived in New Zealand much later in the year with their parents. Naturally, I went ahead and sleuthed.

Graham also writes that the names of Juliet’s Bahama ‘foster parents’ were not known, and her mother never mentioned them in her correspondence. One might be led to conclude, however, taking into consideration Juliet, her travelling companion, and the matching tartan slacks, that the family was called Brown and that they had a little boy called William. And, incidentally, ‘So Brilliantly Clever’ is a finalist in the NZ Post Book of the Year awards. For all those budding sleuths out there, older copies of the Auckland Star from 1870 to 1926 can viewed and searched on the Papers Past website. Author: Joanne Graves, Central Auckland Research Centre

CONTACT DETAILS President, Garth Houltham, Secretary/Treasurer: Peter McConnell. Temporary Vice-President: Emi Steedman. Minutes Secretary, Margaret Ting,nz Newsletter Editor: Joanne Graves, Committee: John Adam, Lisa Truttman Anneli Torrance, Basil Pinhey. JOINING INFORMATION

Ref: Auckland Star, cutting from 23 March 1948

One year subscription: $10 Contact Garth Houltham for joining information or write to: Puketapapa Historical Society Garth Houltham 15 McIlroy Street Hillsborough Auckland 1042.

In the collection here in the research centre, we have the most recent investigation into the ParkerHulme business, ‘So Brilliantly Clever’ by Peter Graham. I flicked through to see if it was likely to be the same Juliet Hulme, or even to see if the photo itself had been included in Peter Graham's book. It had not, but there was a picture of Juliet around the same time and she looks much the same. I sleuthed further. Juliet had indeed come to New Zealand in 1948 although not with her parents and brother. According to Graham, she had been sent to the Bahamas in 1947 to live with friends of the family, apparently due to ill health. At some point she had arrived in New Zealand, spent time in the Bay of Islands, and met up with her folks later in the year. Graham estimated her arrival to be between February and April 1948. The Auckland Star photo was dated 23 March.

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