Volume 1 Issue 6 July – August 2002

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

Inside this issue: A note from our Society’s President
1 On June 5, 2002, the Avondale Waterview Historical Society became an Incorporated Society, registered with the Companies Office. 1

President’s Notes
Whoa! At long last we have a historical society in Avondale and Waterview. It was great to see people lining up to pay their fees at the end of the meeting. I would like to thank all those people who came out on Sat 1st June in such terrible weather. Also, those who put their names forward for office and committee, and a special thanks to Liz Clark, our secretary, who came from Helensville to be with us. Thanks, Liz! During the weeks before the meeting, I have been taking a lot of photos of the old buildings around Avondale. The dairy where you shop, you may not realise, has been there for a hundred years in one form or another. I also took photos of the old packing sheds and trees on Kurt Brehmer’s property, including an old pear tree which according to Mr Brehmer was introduced by Hayward Wright and is the only one of its kind in existence. We now look forward to the spring with visits to other historical societies and their museums. Lastly, I would like to thank you all for your support and will do my very best for the Avondale-Waterview Historical Society. Thank you. — Bruce Spencer

Membership Fees
The Motor Car Comes to Avondale Judges Bay History & The Mighty Wurlitzer!



Membership Information: Fees
The second meeting of the AWHS Society set the following membership fee rates for the coming year: Individual Family Group/Corporate $10 $15 (to be decided soon)

As we now have our own bank account, cheques for membership fees may be made out to: “Avondale-Waterview Historical Society”. A receipt will be provided.

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The Motor Car Comes To Avondale (part 1)
From the earliest days of European settlement of the Whau District, the horse was the primary mode of transport if you didn’t want to or was unable to use your own feet and walk. Deliveries came by horse and cart, the buses were pulled by horses taking you into the City, horse and rider made their way along the rutted roads and tracks toward parties, gatherings, and church services. Blacksmiths and horsefeed sellers reigned supreme, and stables were just as much landmarks as the local pub. In the 20th century, all this changed. In 1903, the first motor cars appeared in Auckland. It was another decade before they started taking over from the horse as the main form of transport for both commercial and private use, but from 1915 the trend was growing. Where in 1912, the Station Store and Bluck's Buildings had been built to take advantage of foot traffic from the Railway Station just across the road -- by the end of World War I, the pattern had changed. With the coming of the motor car, Great North Road became the new centre of Avondale. By 1919 Avondale businessman Ernest Goodman was up with the play as far as the motor car was concerned. “Avondale to the Beaches by Motor – E Goodman wishes to notify the public of Avondale that he is prepared to convey parties to Blockhouse Bay, Point Chevalier etc. by motor at times to suit customers. Fares as per arrangement. A trip will run daily from Avondale to Mt Albert at 10.0 a.m. Fare 6d, leaving Thode’s corner.” [Advertisement, The News, 29/3/19] From then on, Mr Goodman’s taxis became part of the Avondale landscape. The motor car was starting to change the way Avondale people did business by this time. There was the Avondale Motor Delivery Service. “Notice is hereby given that a quick Motor Delivery Service between Avondale and Auckland will be started from about April 7th, when necessary trips will be made twice daily. Passenger traffic to bays, picnics etc. will also be catered for, accommodation being provided for 15 passengers. Norman Thomas, Great North Rd, Avondale.” [Advertisement, The News, 29/3/19] Mr Goodman was not the only one in town with the idea of ferrying people in the newfangled innovation. A Mr McCarthy of Station Road (now Blockhouse Bay Road, near Walsall St) initially had a fish selling business (he owned his own boat) but then branched out into the funeral conveyancing business, and as a charabanc driver. “During the 1920s a number of commercial garages were established in the district…. Stewart’s, Trigg’s, In St Jude’s Street was Bamford’s Avondale Service Station. A 1926 Automobile Association guide stated that: ‘This garage is situated below the railway crossing on the hill above Avondale on the road to Mt Albert. Watch out for trains.’” [Challenge of the Whau, p. 74] One of the early garages belonged to J Blomley. “J Blomley – Motor & General Engineer – Bring your cars, motor cycles, or other mechanical work to the above, where you will receive every attention, good workmanship and prompt delivery at rock bottom prices. All work guaranteed. Workshop & garages, adjoining Wm. Pendlebury’s, Draper, Great North Road, Avondale.” [Advertisement, The News, 28/8/15] Wherever the motor car went, you needed the people to fix them. “Machinery owners and users of motor cars have often felt the want of a local engineering establishment when necessity has arisen for repairs. It is therefore pleasing to record that Messrs. P J Cooper & Sons will in a few days open those premises adjoining the new Masonic Hall, Rosebank road, Avondale (just below Messrs. Thode Bros’ store) as a general engineering shop. We have every confidence in soliciting work for the new firm as we know Mr Cooper has had an extended experience in all branches of engineering, including motors, mill machinery, suction gas plants and steam, gas and oil

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maend of the Henderson Township. Each Town Board's ratepayers bore the cost for their own section of the new highway.” [Henderson’s Mill, Anthony Flude, 1977] “Work on the construction of the first section of the concrete highway at Oakley Creek to Lincoln Road, Henderson, is to be commenced on Monday, when the paving gangs will start operations in the Avondale district. The point of commencement will be at Blake St Avondale, and the paving will be pushed on as far as the Whau Creek bridge, after which the section from Blake St to Oakley Creek will be undertaken. Form of construction will be a complete departure from anything yet done in New Zealand. The flanges of the roadway would be arched, the edges being thicker than the centre of the roadway, thus giving more strength at the point where the greatest weight of traffic is supported. The system is based on recent tests carried out in Illinois.” (continued on page 4) (from page 3) Work began March 2, 1925. The New Lynn section started approximately on June 1, Glen Eden September 1, and Henderson December 1.

engines. Repairs to agricultural and milking chinery will also be a speciality with the new firm.” [The News, 28/8/19]

This was at 79 Rosebank Road. Unfortunately, the optimism in the above piece didn’t keep the business going beyond the middle of the 1920s, with the rise of Triggs Garage and Stuarts, both on the main road

“ ...early cars had headlights on "stalks" which bobbed up and down as the cars negotiated the rough track from Avondale ...”

The site between the intersection and the Masonic Hall would be vacant until Forsyth’s Coal Yard in the 1930s. Rough rutted roads were hard enough going for the horse and cart. For the motor car they used up precious benzine and petrol. Mrs Shaw, telling me of her memories of the days of the rough road through the centre of Avondale, said that the early cars had headlights on "stalks" which bobbed up and down as the cars negotiated the rough track from Avondale down the hill to the Whau Creek bridge -- which was, itself, then only a one-lane bridge. In 1925, came the next big change for Avondale's transport history. “There was a great deal of development during 1925. At a meeting in Auckland on February 28th, it was approved by all the town boards involved, that they would build a concrete road over the often impassable clay road from Oakley Creek at Point Chevalier, all the way to the

From a newspaper of the time (unknown source) -- Courtesy of Mr and Mrs M and I Fearon. ("Dad's Shop" is the grocer's shop of Mr Charles Hieatt)

Volume 1 Issue 6 Page 4 The Motor Car Comes To Avondale (part 1 – continued)
[NZ Herald, 28/2/25] “The excavation of the bed for the concrete highway from Avondale to Henderson commenced at the beginning of the month, and a start to be made on laying the concrete in about 10 days. A new concretemixer is to be employed on the job. [NZ Herald, 20/3/25] By the end of 1925, motor cars could travel smoothly from Henderson through to Pt Chevalier, and Auckland's suburbs, such as Avondale, began to grow in earnest. (Part Two in next issue.)

The Art and History of Judges Bay
Rendell McIntosh is the contact for the on-going and very successful research project currently underway in the Judges Bay area of Parnell. Rendell plans to have the research culminate in a wonderful book entitled The Art and History of Judges Bay. If you have information, photos, or simply stories to tell about Judges Bay, contact Rendell McIntosh, phone 302-0405, email rendell@nzevents.co.nz

Avondale’s Wurlitzer Concerts 2002
Upcoming concerts involving the mighty Wurlitzer at the Hollywood Cinema, St Georges Road Avondale: June 30 2 pm John Atwell with Tama Karena August 25 2 pm Chris Powell and “Blackpool style” entertainment. October 13 2 pm Jazz organist Dan Bellomy and Bruce King on drums And celebration concerts on November 9 and 10, for the 20th anniversary of the coming of the Wurlitzer to Avondale. Further information: contact Peggy Hassall, ph 6205953.

The Avondale Historical Journal
Published by the Avondale-Waterview Historical Society Inc. Editor: Lisa J. Truttman, 19 Methuen Road, Avondale, Auckland Phone: (09) 828-8494, Fax: (09) 828-8497, email: historian@avondale.org.nz Rimtark www.geocities.com/rimtark/index.html Earth Settler www.earthsettler.tripod.com/esindex/earthsettlerhome.htm Archive Room www.geocities.com/archiveroom/
Avondale-Waterview Historical Society Inc. Committee 2002/2003: President Treasurer Secretary Bruce Spencer Alison Turner Elizabeth Clark Lisa Truttman


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Avondale Photo Centre, 1962 Great North Road,

Historical Research Officer: Committee: Ngaire Bishop Robert Browne Eileen Browne Robert Chisholm Dorothy Maddock

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

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