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Historical Society Incorporated

May—June 2006
Newsletter No. 21

Prepared by Lisa Truttman, President and Editor Next meeting, 3 June 2006, 2.30 pm, Lions Hall.
Apologies for lateness
Some work issues and other delays mean that the April Avondale Heritage Walks
Journal and newsletter came out late. Sorry folks for keep-
ing you waiting. — Editor.
Preparation work is still proceeding on this project, and
Proposed Avondale Primary School last month the Avondale Community Board approved the
costs of preparing the Avondale Heritage Brochure from
their 2006/2007 SLIPs budget.
This has been talked about since the very start of the
Society — raised, actually, at the meeting in March 2001 Name change for part of
which came before our incorporation meeting in June that
year. If anyone is interested in being part of a management Highbury Street
committee to meet and help organise a get-together of past
pupils of Avondale Primary, possibly for sometime in
2007, please get in contact with me (my phone number and Local Community Board member Duncan Macdonald
other details are on the Journal). sent me an email recently asking what I thought regard-
ing the renaming of part of Highbury Street, the bit im-
Events and Trips Organisers Wanted! mediately off Rosebank Road that has been cut off from
the rest of Highbury Street by the Ash Street extension
since 1978. I suggested, considering the Avondale Com-
Anyone who has a bit of time to check out likely venues munity Centre car park entrance is off that street,
for Society trips, events etc, please let me know. We need “Community Lane” (it sounded nice to my ears, de-
events coordinators for our Society — folk who have a bit scribed the association with the Community Centre , and
of time to ring up venues, find out details as to transport was to be found nowhere else in Auckland.) Duncan must
etc. so we can organise trips for our members to places have liked it, because the Avondale Community Board
like museums, sites of historical interest, or simply just recommended that name to the Transport and Urban
social get-togethers. Linkages Committee on April 26th. So — we may soon
Any volunteers? Let me know, please. have a new, unique name for a small part of our area!

On that topic, I’ve been in negotiation with Birkenhead
Historical Society for the past few months to see if we can A Historical Society
organise a guided bus tour of Birkenhead and surrounds.
It’s going well — once points of interest are finalised and
for Mt Albert
we have an idea of cost, I’ll keep you all informed. At the
moment, the tour is scheduled for early next year.
The first meeting on April 9 for those interested in sup-
porting and forming a historical group for Mt Albert went
Waterview and SH20 very well. Over 30 people attended, which was encourag-
In response to our letter stating concerns over the future of ing and heartening to see.
archaeological and heritage sites in the Waterview area,
including those along the Oakley Creek, Transit NZ plan- Full credit to Rendell McIntosh for organising the gather-
ners have said that they will have a meeting with represen- ing — well done!
tatives from our Society in the near future. No date for this
meeting has been set so far.
See “The Old News” over page.
save the bleeding, and directed that Richards should be
The Old News sent to the Hospital as soon as possible. He was at once
placed in Hassall’s express, and driven gently into town,
BURGLARY AT AVONDALE Dr. Aickin and two of the warders accompanying. On
RAILWAY STATION ENTERED reaching the Hospital, Richards was carried up stairs to
the operating room. Dr. Philson decided at once that the
From Auckland Weekly News, 4 May 1922. only hope of saving life was to amputate the leg. Rich-
The office of the Avondale Railway station was broken ards all this time, although suffering great pain, never
into between midnight on Wednesday and half past five lost consciousness, and told Dr. Philson his name and
on Thursday morning, and an unsuccessful attempt the year in which he was born. Chloroform was admin-
made to open the safe. It is clear that the culprits first istered, and Dr. Philson, assisted by Dr. Aickin, per-
endeavoured to gain admission to the premises by cut- formed the necessary operation, the leg having been cut
ting out a pane of glass, but entry was obtained by pris- off nearly at the top of the thigh. When the influence of
ing open the catch of the window. The burglar, or bur- the chloroform was becoming weaker, Richards mut-
glars, must have spent some laborious work in attempt- tered faintly, but he never seemed quite to recover his
ing to cut away the door of the safe, but their labours senses, and when laid on the bed he expired. Death was
were in vain, for the safe, though an old-fashioned one, doubtless caused by the terrible shock to the system.
is particularly strong. It was fortunate that they did not Richards was about thirty-nine years of age, and was
succeed, for it contained money running into three fig- not married.
ures. The till was broken open, but it only contained 1s
3d, the remainder of the takings having been put into A major West Auckland landmark very nearly had a com-
the safe. The keys of all the desks were taken and the pletely different change of name, so I found out one day
place left in a state of disorder. recently. — editor.
This burglary follows close on an attempt at the Mount THE WAITAKERE RANGES
Albert station, and both cases indicate that the attempts PROPOSED CHANGE OF NAME
were those of amateurs. MEETING NOT IN FAVOUR
From NZ Herald 5 February 1926
DREADFUL ACCIDENT AT THE WHAU A proposed change of name caused considerable discussion
A MAN FATALLY MUTILATED IN A at the inaugural meeting of the Waitakere Ranges Associa-
THRESHING MACHINE tion last evening.

From NZ Herald 16 March 1878 Mr. E. D’Esterre expressed himself in favour of what he
described as “the good old fashioned name; the Blue Moun-
An accident of a very shocking character occurred yes- tains.” The name seemed to him singularly appropriate. It
terday afternoon, on Mr Bollard’s farm, at the Whau. had been said that it was copied from New South Wales, but
During the whole of yesterday a steam threshing ma- there were blue mountains in India, and also in Canada.
chine was engaged threshing wheat belonging to Mr About 20 years ago the Waitakeres were always called the
Bollard. The men were employed in the afternoon in Blue Mountains and were still so called by many people.
what is known as “cleaning up”, that is, removing the
slack wheat and straw which had gathered about the Mr. G. M. Fowlds said he did not favour the name as it was
hopper, when one of them, named John Richards, alien and not descriptive enough.
slipped into the hopper, where his foot was caught by
Mr. F. Carr Rollett said he did not regard the Waitakere
the revolving drum, which drew in his leg, mutilating it
Ranges Association as a comprehensive enough name and
dreadfully, up nearly to the groin. When the machine
suggested the Western Hills Association would be better.
was stopped, and the unfortunate man brought from it
and laid on the ground, it was seen that the whole of the Mr. D’Esterre then moved, and Mr Rollett seconded, that
flesh of the leg was literally chopped into small pieces. the association should be called the Western Ranges Asso-
Mr. Bollard immediately sent a man in a trap for Dr. ciation, but on a vote being taken no one else favoured the
Aickin, at the Whau Asylum, which is about two miles suggestion.
and a half from the scene of the accident. Dr. Aickin
immediately attended, accompanied by the chief Mr. W. Oliphant evoked applause by saying the hills had
warder, who is able to render considerable assistance in always been known to Aucklanders as the Waitakeres, and
it would be an impossibility for the meeting to change the
such a case. On arriving at Mr. Bollard’s farm, Dr.
Aickin bound up the limb as well as possible, in order to

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