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We were invited to attend the February meeting of the Avondale Waterview Historical Society. Around half a dozen of us from Puketapapa-Mt Roskill trotted along to a packed St Ninian's Church in Avondale (around 50 in attendance) to hear presentations on the HMS Orpheus shipwreck. The celebrations for the event were that week, so it was timely to get the latest research on the tragedy and get a chance to hear some of the speeches that were to be made to invited guests in the days ahead. It was also an opportunity to mention our own Mt Roskill developments with regard to the Three Kings council building and to meet members of our fellow historical societies. It was an impressive meeting - many thanks to AvondaleWaterview for the invite - great to see what other groups are doing.
MT ROSKILL (Puketapapa) Historical Society Newsletter
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Our next meeting will be held THIS SUNDAY at St David's in the Fields PresbyterianMethodist Church, 202 Hillsborough Road. We're welcoming members of the The Avondale – Waterview Historical Society so feel free to bring a plate for afternoon tea just in case we get a few extra folk along. If you're wavering on whether to come along yourself, here's a reminder... Sunday 14 April 2.00pm
Garth Houltham will retell the sold-out Heritage Festival talk "The Cyrus Haley affair at Pah Homestead." Please bring a gold coin to cover rental costs, and stay for afternoon tea. There is plenty of parking (wheelchair accessible).
Here's a brief rundown of some of the highlights of the Heritage Forum held 26 March 2013 at the Fickling Centre.
DID YOU KNOW.... "Just Passing Through" by Jade Reidy is being updated and reprinted, with updates contributed by some members of the Historical Society. Local Historian David Verran has gifted the society his proofed, notated photocopy of the book for our records - thank you, DV. The Puketapapa Local Board
extends a warm welcome to the group to attend this year's Mt Roskill Anzac Day remembrance service Thursday 25th April, 9.30am at the War Memorial Cairn, May Road. If wet, the service will be held in the War Memorial Hall.
A 1000+ signature petition was presented to Council regarding the old Council buildings at Three Kings, culminating in a positive outcome there will not be a demolition of the original building. It does require waterproofing and renovation to bring it back to the 1957 footprint, however, and now requires a plan to secure funding for it's restoration. The efforts of the Society were key to the campaign!! The Board's further work: Interpretive Signage: The first set at St Andrew's Reserve. Michael Wood asked for suggestions from the floor as to significant sites (the public will be given the opportunity to vote for the sites). Suggestions: Wesleyan Mission Institute at Three Kings, Three Kings School, May Road Bus Depot and Tram workshop, Lovelock Track, the Maunga, May Rd School, Oakley Creek, and Monte Cecilia School. Women's Suffrage: It's the 120th anniversary of Universal Suffrage this year. The Board's idea is to give a greater profile to women - they are funding a research project on the contribution of women in Roskill. Also a commemorative place - perhaps in the Rose Garden - to acknowledge suffrage and women in our area. Garth suggested a Time Capsule for opening at next centenary.
The Library has requested access to data at the end of the project Puketapapa heritage: Specific areas are to be identified as places to be evaluated for scheduling. The research stage is March through to June. Lisa Truttman's Presentation: The presentation looked at the early land ownership and organisation - public works and roads, highway districts, reticulation of utilities, fire protection history, private housing, state housing, commercial development, Dominion Road, 1950s state housing, retail sites. Yet to be covered; churches, postal and telegraph, transport, roading, Dominion Road extension; coastline and crown endowment, Cape Horn defense reserve, agriculture and horticulture, abattoirs, and community memorials. Garth Houltham acknowledged Local Board member Michael Wood's efforts, and his heritage impetus, and thanked the Local Board for the $1400 grant. (Thanks to Sue for these notes.)
REMINDER: It will soon be the first Annual General Meeting of the Society. If you're keen to be more involved, we would welcome new faces on the committee. DATE: TO BE CONFIRMED.
President: Garth Houltham firstname.lastname@example.org Secretary/Treasurer: Peter McConnell. Temporary Vice-President: Emi Steedman. Minutes Secretary: Margaret Ting email@example.com,nz Newsletter Editor: Joanne Graves, firstname.lastname@example.org Committee: John Adam, Lisa Truttman Anneli Torrance, Basil Pinhey JOINING INFO One year subscription: $10 Contact Garth Houltham email@example.com for joining info or write to: Mt Roskill (Puketapapa) Historical Society, 15 McIlroy Street, Hillsborough Auckland 1042. A BLAST FROM THE NOT-TOODISTANT PAST!
Photo courtesy of Auckland Council Archives Mt Roskill Borough Council 1976-80