You are on page 1of 4

November—December 2012

Volume 12 Issue 68

The Avondale Historical Journal
Official Publication of the Avondale-Waterview Historical Society Incorporated

The corner shop, Alford Street, c1930s (top) and today. The top photo is courtesy Mark McVeigh. Interestingly enough — this part of Waterview is down for being the new hub of the district, under Auckland Council plans. This, however, looks like it will involve transforming Alford Street’s full length to a mix of three and four-story apartment blocks and townhouses, with a retail/ residential mix at the Great North Road intersection. This has yet to be finalised after public submissions in November, and by the AlbertEden Local Board early next year. Parts of Saltaire Street and Fairlands Avenue will be similarly affected — possibly part of Auckland Council’s moves toward residential intensification in the central parts of the city as a whole.

Next meeting of the Avondale-Waterview Historical Society: Saturday, 1 December 2012, 2.30 pm St Ninian’s Church
St Georges Road, Avondale

The Avondale Historical Journal

Volume 12 Issue 68 Page 2
Jack Goodwin came from Iniskillling, Ireland with his parents on the ship Birman in 1873. The Goodwins settled in Otahuhu where they had a coach building and wheelwright business at the “Triangle” on the Great South Road, and family members are buried in the Otahuhu catholic cemetery. My Grandmother Emily Hannah was born in Levin and was part Maori from Ngati Raukawa, Hapu Ngati Hikitanga Te Pae. They met at Porirua Mental Hospital where my Grandfather was an attendant and Emily Hannah was a nurse. My Grandparents also owned the next house, much further down Alford Street, which was tenanted by the Stenberg family. The Goodwins had a variety of fruit trees, mostly apple and plums, which they sent to the city markets. Patients from the mental hospital would come over and work on the property, pruning, spraying, picking and packing and Harry Dance, a former patient, lived in the outside shed for many years. My grandmother also grew what in those days was rather exotic fruits like “Hairy Plums” [now called kiwifruit and prior to that chinese gooseberries] cape gooseberries, tree tomatoes, and logan berries. She also had chickens and I remember the awful smell of “Moa egg preserver.” In 1935 my parents moved to Australia. My father had been apprenticed as a letterpress machinist [printer] and was made redundant the day he finished his apprenticeship. He eventually found work in Lithgow and we lived there until returning to New Zealand in 1944, my father following later after war service in the RAAF. Coming from inland Lithgow, we had never seen the sea. I can remember how we rushed down to the bottom of the street to look at the sea and being bewildered by the huge expanse of mud and mangroves and could not understand where the water was, as we had no conception of the tide and felt bewildered by the absence of the sea. Also at the bottom of the street between Alverston Avenue and Alford Street was an area of coastal pines and a small stream which we always referred to as “Treasure Island” where we had great fun damming the stream, climbing trees and building tree huts, throwing stones and making small boats. This area is all built over now [like most of Waterview]. But it was a mecca for young children and I appreciate now having grown up in an adventurous and exciting environment. Later we bought a small clinker dinghy and kept it at the bottom of Alford street. In those days there were a surprising number of boats there and a channel that opened out into the Oakley creek. We could row down here and catch schnapper, enough for a meal without fail. It makes me feel for city children of today who have nothing of the outdoors or friendships that we had. On the death of my Grandmother, our family inherited the property [subject to paying the proportion owing to Franks two children] As my father was a returned serviceman [although from Australia] he was eligible for a State Advances loan. This was subject to having the puriri foundation piles of the house being treated with “Boracure” yet

Dear Lisa I am writing about Arthur Humphries’ house at 7 Alford Street, listed in Waterview Heritage Study book, which I think is not correct. Arthur was my grandfather, my father was Fred, his son. My mother was Violet, who lived at 1471 Great North Road where I was born 2 November 1926. Next door was the shop on corner of Alford Street. Another house has been built behind our home on the same section. There was only one shop then, I believe adjoining ones were built in around 1950. Next to the shop was a big paddock, then the land where the old stables. Arthur’s father Job had a small house surrounded with picket fence then Arthur’s family home, a very basic dwelling. I remember un-even bricks as kitchen floor, outside old wash house with a mangle used on washdays. There are other buildings on this area now, I think one is a church hall I have been told. I left 1471 Great North Road in 1947 when I married to live on a farm at Towai. I recently have been given a disk of the Humphries family from the time they left England in the 1880s. I thought you may like this information. June Brown, Kamo

43 Alford Street Waterview
by Tony Goodwin
The site at 43 Alford Street is currently being developed as an extension to what is now Saxon Reserve. The property had been in the Goodwin Family since 1907. My Father, Stanley Thomas Goodwin was born there the following year. “Another dwelling of 1910 vintage in Waterview can be found at No. 43 Alford Street, being Lot 20 Section 1 Deeds Plan 7. This classic single story wooden Edwardian bay villa is in excellent condition and sits on a large double section [¾ of an acre] The building which was the original residence of John Francis Goodwin, of Waterview, an asylum attendant, was built in 1907, the property being purchased that year from George Arnold of Avondale, a carpenter, for two hundred and eighty five pounds. The Goodwins are one of Waterview’s oldest residents and the property is still in the possession of the family. Mrs. Edith Goodwin, the widow of the late Stanley Thomas Goodwin, a printer and son of the original owner J F Goodwin still lives there today.” [Waterview Heritage Character Study, Jack T Dragicevich 2006] The house was built for my Grandfather and Grandmother, John [Jack] Goodwin, and Emily Hannah [nee Morgan] They had arrived from Porirua where my Grandfather was an attendant at the Porirua Mental Hospital. He took up a similar position at “The Whau” or the Avondale Mental Hospital as it was otherwise known. My Grandparents had three children, Theresa, Frank, and Stan my father.

The Avondale Historical Journal

Volume 12 Issue 68 Page 3
DISCONTENT AT WATERVIEW ALLEGATIONS OF NEGLECT MEETING OF RATEPAYERS The City Council and Auckland Transport Board were sharply criticised last evening at a well-attended meeting of residents and ratepayers of Waterview, Avondale, in the Methodist Hall. Allegations that the district had been neglected were made by a number of speakers, and resolutions were carried in respect to the transport and sanitary services. The chairman, Mr F Craig, said the district was one of the most neglected in Auckland. The streets were mostly without footpaths and overgrown by gorse and blackberry at the sides. The Transport Board was criticised for alleged lack of consideration in allowing the Avondale buses to be crowded out by Point Chevalier residents to the exclusion of Waterview and Avondale passengers. The next point touched on was that of rates, the sanitary service charge being generally condemned. Councillors Burton, Murray, and Lundon were present, and each gave a short address. Councillor Burton was well received until he told the meeting that they were better off under the city with regard to rates, which remark was greeted by cries of "No!" and "It's only the large owner who benefits." Mr. Murray thought that the sanitary service charge of £2 10/ per year on top of the increase in general rates was an imposition. Mr. Lundon also spoke about the neglect of the district generally. He condemned the sanitary service charge as extortionate, and claimed that the service itself was a relic

the portion in the ground was as sound as when built in 1907. Later when we had them replaced by concrete piles the puriri was found to still be riddled with borer. In 1950 we had great excitement – an inside toilet with a light in it! How we hated going to the toilet at night in the wash house with the wetas and the trees rubbing on the walls. Our imagination ran wild. The corner section facing Saxon Street was sold to “Berty” Moss and family who built the house that is there now. [He also built the various extensions to the Waterview Methodist Church]. The Mosses were great friends for many years. Eventually the front corner was sold off to the Jenkins who are still there today. Finally we all left and started our own lives, but following the death of my father, Mum stayed on at 43. She was frequently pestered by Agents or others offering a “nice new unit” in return for her property. Sad for them if invited inside, they were trapped in listening to hours of family blurb, a cup of tea and leaving never to return! She was a magnificent cook, and mostly on the coal range, which was there until the end, so there was always an incentive to come home. When she moved to Selwyn village we sold the property and the house was moved off to make way for a five unit development that thankfully, never materialised, so it is wonderful to see the property back in the community where it belongs.

Auckland Star 18 September 1926 The Great North Road, looking from Oakley Creek bridge towards Waterview. This view, of course, is today utterly changed. Note the “tannery cottages” just left of centre, removed by the 1950s.

The Avondale Historical Journal

Volume 12 Issue 68 Page 4

of bygone and uncivilised times. The following resolutions were carried: 1. That this meeting of residents and ratepayers petition the City Council to receive a deputation from the meeting to present the case for Waterview in regard to money spent in the district and sanitary service charge. 2. That a deputation wait on the Transport Board, asking that steps be taken to stop overcrowding of Avondale buses at peak hours by Point Chevalier residents, and also to ask the board's intention concerning transport to and from Waterview when the extension to Point Chevalier Hall is completed. Also that sections from Surrey Crescent to Station Road be reviewed on account of the short distance between them. 3. That the residents consult a solicitor with the object of making a test case of the sanitary service charge by the City Council. (Auckland Star 4 December 1929) WATERVIEW RATEPAYERS AN ASSOCIATION FORMED About 40 residents of Waterview, Avondale, were present at a meeting last night which eventually formed the Waterview Ratepayers and Residents' Association. Mr F Craig presided and reported on interviews he and Messrs A Burrows and A Geary had had with the Transport Board and City Council. He stated that, as a result of their deputation, the council had decided to call public tenders for the sanitary service in Avondale when the time expires at the end of June, which would lighten the rate payable. Since the meeting of the council 100 chains of footpath work was commenced. Complaint had been made to the Transport Board over the question of the number of sections between Point Chevalier and Avondale. The deputation reported that the board had expressed apparent surprise that one section was only 30 chains and yet another only 60 chains. The board had promised to rectify this and other matters to which their attention was drawn. (Auckland Star 4 March 1930) FEEDER BUSES. The residents of Avondale, and the Waterview portion in particular, have been for the past twelve months to get the Transport Board to give them a through service in place of

the present unsatisfactory feeder buses, but the board has turned a deaf ear to their deputations. A largely-signed petition had no better result. As the board is losing money on this service it seems strange that it is so anxious to keep it in these times of depression. It absolutely refused the private company running through our district the right to carry on. RESIDENT. (Auckland Star 15 May 1931)

Tait Park
Now Tait had a trait, never left it too late to come up with good ideas. To bequeath to the people of Avondale, A place of peace and beauty. For people to learn what is around them. So appreciate one another’s company in a community spirit, while listening to the chipping of birds. So when you finish your subway or good old fish & chips, think of me, because I appreciate you more, when you fill the bin, and see the smile on the rubbish-man’s face, brimming with delight, that you got it right. Corale Magnus (2012)

The Avondale Historical Journal
Published by: the Avondale-Waterview Historical Society Inc. Editor: Lisa J. Truttman Society contact: 19 Methuen Road, Avondale, Auckland 0600 Phone: (09) 828-8494, 027 4040 804 email: Society information: Website: Subscriptions: $10 individual $15 couple/family $30 corporate

(Above) Original building, Waterview Methodist Church. Auckland Star, 19 September 1932

Copies of Avondale Historical Journal and AWHS Newsletter produced for us by Words Incorporated, 557 Blockhouse Bay Road, Blockhouse Bay. The Society and AHJ editorial staff thank

Avondale Business Association
for their continued support and sponsorship of this publication.

Related Interests