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H istorical Society Incorporated

September-October 2009
Newsletter No. 41

Prepared by Lisa Truttman, President and Editor or Tait Park on Rosebank Road — a bit of a hark-back
to the days of market gardens and horticulture for
2009 Annual General Meeting which Avondale used to be well known.
This was held on 1 August. The President (myself), our Our guest speaker for October will be Phil Sai-Louie,
Treasurer Alison Turner, our Minute-Secretary Dorothy back to talk to us for the third time on yet another
Maddock, and committee members Jack Dragicevich fascinating topic. Our members will recall his lively
and Les Murphy were returned. The meeting authorised talks in past years on NZ place names and British sur-
co-option of committee members as necessary. names. At the moment, he tells me he will talk about
Subscriptions remain the same for the coming year, no his family and their Onehunga shop from the early
increases: $10 for individual, $15 for couple/family, years of last century.
and $30 corporate.
St Judes Church
A donation of $100 to the Lions Club of Avondale as
thanks for the use of the Lions Hall was approved, as
Photographic Exhibition
was our annual subscription to the NZ Historic Places If you have any photographs you would like to see con-
Trust (increased this year to $60). The Society agreed sidered for the exhibition — let me know. This will run
to add an extra $20 as donation towards NZHPT’s costs from Saturday 19th to Sunday 20th September (on both
for maintaining properties such as Alberton. days, I’m down for leading a heritage walk from St
Judes, through the town centre, and then back up to St
2010 Commemoration Judes again in time for afternoon tea).
We’ve had no further volunteers come forward to assist I have some to submit from the Society’s collection —
with the organising of a primary school reunion in but the organisers are keen to have more, All photos in
2010, to tie in with the 150th anniversary of the first the exhibition will be printed to A3, laminated, and pre-
school in the district at St Ninians, and the anniversary sented (with full source captions) to the Avondale
of St Ninians Church itself. So — a full reunion is now
unlikely for next year. However, the Society members
voted at our August AGM to support some type of Traffic Control Boxes and
commemoration based around St Ninians (even though the loss of murals
St Ninians at the moment is still locked up due to lead
paint concerns by Auckland City Council.) This topic came up under General Business — why,
I’ll be in touch with the local Business Association and exactly, are heritage-themed and other theme paintings
the Council shortly to see what might be able to be being eradicated from Auckland City traffic control
arranged. boxes. It was overheard at a recent Avondale
Community Board meeting that painting over the mu-
Guest Speakers rals is now policy. I’ve been tasked to get further infor-
mation, and report back to the October meeting.
Imi Tovia from the local Community Gardening group
stepped in when John Adam was unable to attend our
meeting this month, and described for us what her group Next meeting:
does. They have been going for three months, and seek Saturday 10 October 2009, 2.30 pm
to increase community input into what happens with our (NOTE: This is the 2nd Saturday in the
local reserves, as well as encourage networking and month)
communication between members of the community.
Should their scheme take off — we could see commu- Lions Hall, cnr. Blockhouse Bay Road
nity gardens in reserves and parks such as Heron Park, and Great North Road.