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AvondaleAvondale-Waterview Historical Society Incorporated

January—February 2014 No. 67 Prepared by Lisa Truttman, President and Editor

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Guest Speakers
Contact Alison Turner, 825-0300, if you have any suggestions for our Guest Speakers schedule for the new year. For our February meeting in lieu of a guest speaker, we invite you to Show-and-Tell about anything of interest from your past, your parents’ past or your grandparents’.

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Heritage Wish-list to Whau Local Board
I intend to present a list of items regarding our local heritage to the Board at their February meeting (their December meeting was rather packed with other groups). Here are the items at the moment I’ll be raising with them for possible consideration in their forward plans. Heritage Survey of the Whau Local Board area, along the lines of that completed at Puketapapa (Mt Roskill). A thematic study as has been completed both in Puketapapa and in Albert-Eden, with emphasis on a re-evaluation of sites previously researched by legacy councils but not included on the previous schedules or the Unitary Plan. Consideration along these lines to sites of former private maternity homes in Avondale and New Lynn, and sites associated with market gardening heritage.

Interpretive sign, Saunders Reserve – Robertson family Interpretive sign or artwork – Corner Eastdale/ Rosebank Roads, honouring Chinese market gardeners in Avondale Interpretive sign or artwork – Riversdale Reserve, honouring market gardeners in general, with emphasis on the Ministry of Agriculture research station there in the 1950s-1960s and the popularisation of the Owairaka Red kumara. Interpretive sign at Arthur Currey Reserve, New Windsor Road. Interpretive sign for the Exler House on New Windsor Road.


Naming of the Layard Street paper road “James Palmer Reserve,” or the application of his name somewhere in the vicinity of Donegal Street/St Judes Anglican Church. Establishment of a full Roll of Honour for the Local Board area, in conjunction with the Society and in recognition of the centenary of World War I.

A tree falls at the George Maxwell Memorial Cemetery
Unfortunately, when this happened around 18 January, part of the tree smashed the historic headstone of John and Jane Bollard into several pieces. This is a real blow to both our district, and to the Bollard family. John Bollard’s headstone is arguably one of the most significant in the cemetery, as he was the first chairman of the Whau Highway District, the first local authority within today’s wider Whau Local Board area. March next year marks the centenary of his death soon after his retirement as the local MP for Eden. Once I have further news, I will let you know.

Interpretive Signs Completion of the interpretive sign project at Tait Park.

Next meeting of the Avondale-Waterview Historical Society:

Saturday, 1 February 2014, 2.00 pm
at St Ninians, St Georges Road, Avondale