Issue 1 Volume 3, February 2014
MT ROSKILL (Puketapapa)
[skills required to draw landscape plans and implement planting plans] who were related to a notable Auckland City mayor (18981901), David Goldie (1842-1926) and his son the artist Charles F. Goldie (1870-1946).1 Governor Ranfurly formed a committee to administer the fund raising and construction of what was then called the War Veteran’s Home. The Governors establishment approached Auckland City Council in 1903 to employ William Goldie as the landscape designer for the project. Three letters confirm his employment, held in Council Archives. By November 1905 the first photographic images of the grounds in front of the Veteran’s Home appeared with the whole place planted with trees, shrubs, turf lawns and a perennial geranium or pelagonium that covered the earth bank the home was built on. Who was William Goldie? William Clark Goldie was born in Millport, Island of Little Cumbrae, Scotland c1847. He died on 12 January, 1926, Auckland, aged 79 years (buried in unmarked grave in Hillsborough Cemetery). He arrived in Auckland after his brother Andrew Goldie who immigrated here in 1862 and then moved briefly to practice in Christchurch. A third brother, James Goldie, immigrated as a cooper (barrel maker) for a local brewery in Newmarket. James married, in Auckland, a daughter of John Chalmers who was the Auckland Domain ranger from 1862 to 1878, and replaced by William. Brothers Andrew and William established the Rosebank Nursery on the northern slopes of Mt Victoria, Devonport c1864 to 1874. Both men trained with their father in Scotland and had experience on Scottish estates. To quote a newspaper story from 1880, "Mr. Goldie has been trained from infancy in ornamental forests; that his father [David] was ranger in charge of one of the best estates in Scotland; that he paid a premium for his son's special education in forestry, which was completed
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Meet The Goldies – William Goldie, the garden designer of Ranfurly Home grounds (1903-1905)
By John P. Adam
Auckland City private gardens and public parks through fifty odd years covering the 1860s to 1910s were designed by a talented family of Scottish born landscape gardeners
on the estates of the Duke of Hamilton, and the Earl of Glasgow..."2 Andrew Goldie announced his arrival [return] in Auckland in 1864 by placing a large notice in The Daily Southern Cross [6 March] stating, "… a thorough knowledge of Gardening in all its branches, acquired in some of the best Gardens in Scotland, and having had considerable colonial experience... Gentlemen building in the country or suburbs," were requested, "to communicate as early as possible to give time to have plans drawn out and submitted for approval...".3 A Rosebank Nursery advertisement in July, 1866, lists both brothers names offering, "Quicks!" from the south.4 William Goldie was appointed Deputy Auckland Domain Ranger to John Chalmers, in 1878, at the same time he won the second Albert Park landscape competition organised by the Auckland Improvement Commissioners. His plan was signed "Puriri" and is preserved in Auckland City Council Archives. Four Auckland landscapes that are specifically linked to William Goldie are, i. The Constitution Hill - Alten reserve, late1880's ii. Emily Place c. 1890's iii. Ranfurly War Veterans Home, Hillsborough, 1903.5 iv. Victoria Park c. 1905 -1908. William’s only daughter, missionary, Margaret Goldie, had no issue. William also was a contributor to Brett’s Colonists Guide & Cyclopedia of Useful Knowledge. 1902. (Third Edition). In 1888 William moved from the Auckland Domain to take charge of the whole of Auckland cities parklands until he was
retired from the position by TE Pearson in 1908, although there is evidence he continued to work for the Council until 1910.6 From ‘A History of Auckland’s Open Spaces, 2000’. Prepared by John P. Adam for the then Community Planning Division of Auckland City Council. 200p.
AUCKLAND RESEARCH CENTRE TALKS
While the focus is on family history there are a number of interesting talks that will appeal to the history buff. These are held on Level 2 of the Central Library in Lorne Street on a Wednesday. Bookings essential – Phone 307-7771.
Immigration to New Zealand: sources and approaches with Graham Langton
Wednesday 30 April 2014, 12pm - 1pm Researching relatives who emigrated to New Zealand from 1840 through to the 1970s is no simple matter as our ancestors arrived for so many different reasons. Immigration records are far from straightforward and passenger lists, when they do exist, are only the beginning of the search. Graham Langton, formerly of Archives New Zealand, will demonstrate how to navigate records that can provide us with clues to our ancestors' immigration.
Why can’t I find where my ancestor is buried? with David Verran
Wednesday 28 May 2014, 12pm -1pm Join David Verran for a look at the importance of the 1882 Cemeteries Act and how it can be used when trying to locate burial details across New Zealand. This Act brought local government into the administration of public cemeteries, which were previously the preserve of the various church denominations represented in New Zealand. For more info go to www. aucklandlibraries.govt.nz, go to the Events page and do a search to find the Family History Lunchtime series.
Editorial. Auckland Evening Star, 3 November, 1880. P2 C3 The Daily Southern Cross, 6 March, 1864. 4 The Daily Southern Cross, 18 July, 1866, P5 5 ACC 18. Auckland City Minute Book. Item 6. P664. ACCA.
Pers.Com. 1995. Colin Bradshaw, Council Gardener.
Treasure Chest Thursday: Ranfurly Home, a fine and noble institution
(by Joanne Graves, reprinted from www.kintalkfamilyhistory.blogspot.co.nz)
present when the late Lord Kitchener inspected the home and the resident veterans; it brings a lump to the throat now when I remember how smartly, yes smartly, though some of them were bowed with years, those veterans paraded, how intently they listened to Lord Kitchener’s brief address, and how spruce were their quarters.” Lord Ranfurly himself was also viewed with great affection by the residents as this 1924 report says, “The Earl of Ranfurly who was governor of New Zealand from 1897 to 1904 was remembered with gratitude by the older inmates of the Veterans home on account of the keen interest which, during his residence in this country he displayed in their welfare. Last Christmas 20 inmates of the home sent to the Earl an original Christmas card designed by one of their outside friends Mr Payne and bearing the signature of each of the senders...” If you suspect an ancestor may have been a resident of the home, there are records held by the Ranfurly Trust, including a list of those buried at Waikaraka cemetery, but these records have not been maintained over the years and are sparse. Your best bet is to contact the voluntary archivist at the Trust for further information at email@example.com In the meantime, if you can’t get along for a glimpse of the house in person, enjoy these glorious photos of this historic building. It appears that views of Lord Ranfurly’s most excellent vision may well be obscured again from street level once construction begins on the apartments of the new retirement complex.
House with bare ground around it, 1905. Sir George Grey Special Collections, Auckland Libraries, 1-W1241.
If you have been travelling near Three Kings, Auckland, lately, at the intersection where Mt Eden Road meets Mt Albert Road, you would have noticed a vision of historic gorgeousness appearing – the stunning, original, century-old 1903 Ranfurly Veterans Home which for decades has been hidden behind other far less attractive buildings. Over the past few months, the demolition work has revealed the house that had remained virtually hidden to most commuters along Mt Albert Road. Originally known as the Auckland Veteran’s Home, the facility was the initiative of Lord Ranfurly (the same Ranfurly who gave us the Shield) and was inspired by London’s Chelsea Home to honour those who fought in the Boer War. Those residents in the early years also included returned servicemen who had fought in both the Crimean and New Zealand Wars, and as a correspondent wrote in the Evening Post in 1926, the home was regarded with much respect. “As a frequent visitor in bygone years to the Veteran’s Home at Three Kings, Auckland, this institution has always appealed to me as one of the finest and noblest works ever achieved by any Governor of New Zealand…. . I had the privilege of being
Photo showing interior view of the library and reading room, 1905. Sir George Grey Special Collections, Auckland Libraries, 1W1503.
A BLAST FROM THE PAST… GOINGS ON AT THE INFAMOUS “EL REY” NIGHTCLUB CABARET ON HILLSBOROUGH ROAD
(Auckland Star, 25 September 1943, page 6 from www.paperspast.natlib.govt.nz)
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