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H istorical Society Incorporated

January—February 2009
Newsletter No. 37

Prepared by Lisa Truttman, President and Editor Avondale College Reunion
St Ninians Cemetery now on
Auckland City Council website News has come through that planning for a general
reunion for Avondale College past pupils in 2010 will
start in February 2009. I’ll give you all more informa-
I noticed back in April-May this year that our St tion as it comes to hand.
Ninians cemetery wasn’t included on the list of Auck-
land City Council cemeteries they both own and admin-
ister as historic cemeteries. I emailed, called, emailed
Proposed AWHS subscription increases
again, called, spoke to one very helpful gentleman in
their maintenance department (wrong person), and also It has been proposed to put to the February 2009
to David Verran at Auckland City Library who was meeting of the Society by motion:
also keen to have a link to their new list of St Ninian’s
burials. That the AWHS subscription for individual mem-
bership and couples/family membership both be
Finally, after a site visit with Gail Fotheringham from increased by $5. The subs would therefore be $15 and
the Council, success! Just before I was about to appeal $20 respectively.
to the Society this month (and other Societies in Auck-
land) for help, St Ninians has now popped up on the list The main reason behind this proposed increase is the
online. Here’s the webpage: cost of postage for the Avondale Historical Journal and
the newsletter which has increased over the past two
Could all members unable to attend the February meet-
St Judes historical records ing (14 February, 2.30 pm) either give me a call on (09)
828-8494 or email me ( or
With the Vestry’s permission, I’ve started making write with your views on this proposal. Your opinion
notes from their minutes dating from 1884, the time of as members counts and is valued, even if you are
their centenary. These will go to the Vestry for possi- unable, through health, distance or other reason to
ble inclusion in their proposed updated history for the attend our regular meetings. Let us know what you
125th anniversary of St Judes Church in Avondale in think.

Timespanner heritage blog Te Kauwhata visit, 31 January 2009
The NZ Federation of Historical Societies has
For those of you who have internet access, I have organised a visit to Te Kauwhata on Saturday 31
started a heritage blog online called Timespanner, for January 2009, open to all those who belong to member
Avondale history mainly, but also Auckland region societies of the Federation. (AWHS has been a
and NZ. Feel free to take a look — I use it as a member since 2002-2003).
“research nursery” for future articles etc.
The itinerary, from 2pm to 4pm, includes a visit to: Te Kauwhata Greenstone and Bone Carving Museum/
Shop, Te Kauwhata Winery, and Te Kauwhata
Next meeting: Museum. Total cost is $15.00 per person. Details
Saturday 14 February 2009, 2.30 pm, Lions Hall, available from myself.
cnr. Blockhouse Bay Road and Great North Road.
Cheques should be payable to the New Zealand Fed-
NOTE—THIS IS SECOND SATURDAY IN THE eration of Historical Societies and sent to Kenneth
MONTH Stringer, 5/19 Wellington Street, Hamilton, (07) 856-
7798, by Thursday 29 January 2009.