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AvondaleAvondale-Waterview Historical Society Incorporated

March-April 2013 No. 62 Prepared by Lisa Truttman, President and Editor

February meeting
Bruce Harvey and his team provided a packed-out crowd of over 50 at St Ninians on 2 February with a wonderful set of presentations on the wreck of HMS Orpheus. It coincided with our combined meeting with Mt Roskill (Puketapapa) Historical Society, and turned into something of a sub-regional gathering of societies, with members there from AWHS, Mt Roskill, Onehunga, West Auckland, Pt Chevalier and Mt Albert, at least. Definitely one of our biggest turnouts ever. Our April meeting has been shifted in terms of both day and location, to St David’s-in-the-Field’s church hall at Hillsborough (see below) where we will be hosted by the Mt Roskill Society, and hear their President Garth Houltham’s presentation on Cyrus Haley and the 19th century attempted fatal shooting at the Pah homestead. Our normal meetings back at St Ninians will resume in June, first Saturday (Queen’s Birthday weekend, as

departments: Heritage Information, and policy and implementation departments for Built & Cultural Heritage and Natural Heritage. All in all, a great opportunity to discuss matters relating to heritage and what our societies are doing with the Local Board and Auckland Council.

NZ Federation of Historical SocietiesConference Dunedin, April 5-7
This will be hosted by the Otago Settlers Association. Friday 5 April will be the usual conference-goer social get-together. Saturday morning will be taken up by a choice of either a walking or bus tour around some of Dunedin’s heritage sights, with main conference activities, including AGM and guest speakers, in the afternoon. Saturday night, a dinner is on offer at the Dunedin Club. Sunday is a range of options of more heritage sightseeing for conference attendees. I’ll be attending this year as both the AvondaleWaterview Historical Society delegate, and as a member of the current NZ Federation of Historical Societies executive committee. My deep and personal thanks to the AWHS for voting on 2 February to fund my trip down to Dunedin. I remain profoundly moved and grateful for your support.

WLB Heritage Group meetings
The Whau Local Board have initiated meetings between staff, Board heritage portfolio holders, and representatives of the three historical societies in the area — AWHS, Blockhouse Bay HS and West Auckland HS. The 22 January meeting was attended by reps from AWHS and Blockhouse Bay Societies. A member of Auckland Council’s heritage team explained the set-up of the heritage team, into five

Next meeting of the Avondale-Waterview Historical Society:

Combined with Mt Roskill (Puketapapa) Historical Society At St David’s-in-the-Fields Church Hall 202 Hillsborough Roads, Hillsborough

SUNDAY, 14 April 2013, 2.00 pm

Right: the former Mt Roskill Borough Municipal Building, 2012. Photo, Lisa Truttman

Left: detail of plan of the new building, S Wright architect, 1957. Auckland Council Archives, AKC 031/R287

Pleading for the future of the former Mt Roskill Borough Council Municipal Building
From my submission, made in conjunction with the Mt Roskill (Puketapapa) Historical Society to the Puketapapa Local Board, 2012 — Editor. As early as 1885, the Mt Albert/Mt Eden Road corner site was set aside from the government-controlled recreation reserve at Three Kings to be a municipal pound and site for offices. This was formally gazetted as such in 1888. The site served as the district’s pound, but the municipal offices did not come to pass there until when the building we refer to tonight was opened in 1957. Nevertheless, the site served as a district pound through to the 1930s. Close by the Mt Roskill Hall was built in the early 1920s, serving as a venue for ratepayers meetings during the Road Board period. The Mt Roskill Municipal Building was planned by the Mt Roskill Borough Council in response to the increasing demands for space required for the Council’s staff in an area experiencing rapid post war development. It was designed by architect Stephen Wright, who also designed the War Memorial Hall and monument in May Road. Even after the 1989 amalgamation of the borough with Auckland City Council, the building continued to serve the purposes of territorial authority, latterly as Council and Metrowater offices. As a building associated closely with the development of the Mt Roskill borough, on a site which has served local authority and community purposes for over 125 years – the former Mt Roskill Municipal Building should be seriously considered for inclusion on the heritage schedules maintained by Auckland Council. — At present, the building could be under threat. Closed in January 2012 due to the discovery of black mould in (mainly) the later additions, it has remained empty while Auckland Council decides its fate. That fate may be demolition. The Mt Roskill Historical Society would like to see the original 1957 part retained, renovated, and returned to use as local board offices, keeping the corner site’s connections with the history of the development of the greater Mt Roskill area intact. If you would like to help, contact Garth Houltham (president) on email or ph (09) 624-2331.