Issue 3 Volume 2, June 2013

MT ROSKILL (Puketapapa) Historical Society Newsletter
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... Someone who may be interested in joining the society? If so, please forward our information on to them. See back page for details or pass on the website link.

Our guest speaker for the August meeting will be Dave Wong of the Chinese New Zealand Oral History Foundation. Dave will be facilitating a Workshop for us, a 'How To' on oral history. To be held at St Davids-in-the-Fields Church Lounge, at 202 Hillsborough Rd, Hillsborough at 2.00pm, Sunday August 4th.

Incorporating the AGM of the Mt Roskill (Puketapapa) Historical Society 2pm, Sunday June 9 Freyberg Room, Roskill War Memorial Hall, May Rd, Mt Roskill Speaker: Bill McKay, Auckland University School of Architecture Bill will speak on the History of War Memorials in New Zealand. This will be followed by an outline of the Mt Roskill War Memorial Upgrade Project and the AGM. Note that our Subs ($10 per year) are also due!! As mentioned, the long-awaited Annual General Meeting will follow Bill’s talk. Please give some thought to help you may be able to give, positions you may be able to fill such as treasurer, membership secretary, helping maintain our books and materials, putting together the newsletter…. There are exciting times ahead for the Society - we’ve accomplished a lot in the short time we’ve been around, so come along and have your say, and think about how you might like to be part of it!

There was only a small turnout to our April meeting at St David’s in the Fields but we were delighted to welcome a group of folk from the Avondale Waterview Historical Society to hear Garth Houltham’s talk on the Cyrus Haley affair at the Pah Homestead.


The above picture is 1 Normanswood Manor, Tilford, Farnham, Surrey, GU10 2AX described as a ‘small manor house’ and as a rental property was sold in 2008.1 It is the

residential address of banker the Hon. Thomas Russell (1830-1904) and family when he died on 2nd September 1904.2 In 1947 the property was owned by Edward Agar Horatio Nelson, 5th Earl of Nelson of Trafalgar born in 1860 and who died in 1951. 3 The property appears to have been sold through the magazine CountryLife.4 Some furniture – an antique table - was sold at Christies in the early 1950s that was located in this building. 5 It stands today and appears to have in recent years been associated with Ajit Sigh Kalirai MBE (1927-2008) who was a Veteran athlete, holding several British records.6 The 9th Earl Nelson, a plumber, died this year in March 2013.7 (Contributed by John Adam)

you know anyone who is currently studying or is a recent graduate of .... architecture, landscape, garden design, art.... let them know about this opportunity. Copies of the entry information will be available at the meeting on the 9th of June.

President, Garth Houltham, Secretary/Treasurer: Peter McConnell. Temporary Vice-President: Emi Steedman. Minutes Secretary, Margaret Ting,nz Newsletter Editor: Joanne Committee: John Adam, Lisa Truttman Anneli Torrance, Basil Pinhey JOINING INFORMATION One year subscription: $10 Contact Garth Houltham for joining information or write to: Puketapapa Historical Society Garth Houltham, 15 McIlroy Street Hillsborough, Auckland 1042. FOOTNOTES TO “NORMANSWOOD MANOR”

Lisa Truttman will be talking to the Epsom U3A on the history of Three Kings on Wednesday 10 July at the Fickling Centre The meeting starts 10.00am and Lisa will be speaking around 10.30am

The launch of the project and design competition was held at the Mt Roskill War Memorial Hall on Monday May 27th. There was only a small turnout, even though the advertised guest speaker was Bill McKay from the University of Auckland School of Architecture. Bill gave a background to war memorials in New Zealand, Michael Wood spoke from the Local Board’s point of view, and Garth Houltham gave a background to the project. There was a definite buzz in the air over just how exciting this project will be for our area. If
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The 4th son of 3rd Earl 4 Small Manor House. CountryLife, 1950, Volume 108. P1749. 5 “Provenance Probably acquired by William, 1st Earl Nelson of Trafalgar, or Thomas, 2nd Earl Nelson of Trafalgar for the manor house of Standlynch, nr. Salisbury, and by descent to Edward, 5th Earl Nelson of Trafalgar, sold Woolley and Wallis, 13-16 March 1951, lot 543, when acquired by the present owner…. Lot Notes Trafalgar House was the name given to the mansion of Standlynch, which had been bought by a grateful nation in 1814 and bestowed on the 1st Earl Nelson, brother of the victor at the Battle of Trafalgar. The Nelson family retained Trafalgar House until its sale in 1947, and its contents were used to furnish various houses, including Normanswood in Surrey, the residence of Edward, 5th Earl Nelson of Trafalgar. ?intObjectID=4419809 6 7

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