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January—February 2009 No. 37 Prepared by Lisa Truttman, President and Editor

Avondale College Reunion
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 information as it comes to hand.

St Ninians Cemetery now on Auckland City Council website
I noticed back in April-May this year that our St Ninians cemetery wasn’t included on the list of Auckland City Council cemeteries they both own and administer as historic cemeteries. I emailed, called, emailed again, called, spoke to one very helpful gentleman in their maintenance department (wrong person), and also to David Verran at Auckland City Library who was also keen to have a link to their new list of St Ninian’s burials. Finally, after a site visit with Gail Fotheringham from the Council, success! Just before I was about to appeal to the Society this month (and other Societies in Auckland) for help, St Ninians has now popped up on the list online. Here’s the webpage: www.aucklandcity.govt.nz/council/services/cemeteries/ stninians.asp

Proposed AWHS subscription increases
It has been proposed to put to the February 2009 meeting of the Society by motion: That the AWHS subscription for individual membership and couples/family membership both be increased by $5. The subs would therefore be $15 and $20 respectively. The main reason behind this proposed increase is the cost of postage for the Avondale Historical Journal and the newsletter which has increased over the past two years. Could all members unable to attend the February meeting (14 February, 2.30 pm) either give me a call on (09) 828-8494 or email me (historian@avondale.org.nz) or write with your views on this proposal. Your opinion as members counts and is valued, even if you are unable, through health, distance or other reason to attend our regular meetings. Let us know what you think.

St Judes historical records
With the Vestry’s permission, I’ve started making notes from their minutes dating from 1884, the time of their centenary. These will go to the Vestry for possible inclusion in their proposed updated history for the 125th anniversary of St Judes Church in Avondale in 2009.

Timespanner heritage blog
For those of you who have internet access, I have started a heritage blog online called Timespanner, for Avondale history mainly, but also Auckland region and NZ. Feel free to take a look — I use it as a “research nursery” for future articles etc. http://timespanner.blogspot.com/ Next meeting: Saturday 14 February 2009, 2.30 pm, Lions Hall, cnr. Blockhouse Bay Road and Great North Road. NOTE—THIS IS SECOND SATURDAY IN THE MONTH

Te Kauwhata visit, 31 January 2009
The NZ Federation of Historical Societies has organised a visit to Te Kauwhata on Saturday 31 January 2009, open to all those who belong to member societies of the Federation. (AWHS has been a member since 2002-2003). The itinerary, from 2pm to 4pm, includes a visit to: Te Kauwhata Greenstone and Bone Carving Museum/ Shop, Te Kauwhata Winery, and Te Kauwhata Museum. Total cost is $15.00 per person. Details available from myself. Cheques should be payable to the New Zealand Federation of Historical Societies and sent to Kenneth Stringer, 5/19 Wellington Street, Hamilton, (07) 8567798, by Thursday 29 January 2009.

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