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Historical Society Incorporated

July-August 2007
Newsletter No. 28

Prepared by Lisa Truttman, President and Editor

Happy Birthday, AWHS
At the June meeting, we noted the Society’s 5th
birthday with some decoration loaned to us by
Dawn Moffatt, and a lovely afternoon tea put on
by Dawn and our treasurer Alison Turner. Bill
Ellis very kindly offered to take a photo of the
members who turned out for the meeting on that
rather grey Queen’s Birthday Saturday. A
change, indeed, from our second meeting back in
June 2002, which approved our constitution and
kicked off the Society — that one was held in the
foyer of the Avondale Community Centre (and a
kind group of hirers took pity on us and helped
out by sharing their cups of tea.)

I thank all of you who come to our meetings so
regularly but also those who can’t come, due to
health, distance or commitments. Over the years
you have still made your support known, by of-
fering very kind comments and contributions for
the Avondale Historical Journal, supporting us
by subscription and even gifts of stamps — and
also just being our friends. Speaking on my own
behalf, it is a pleasure being a member of this Society where A message from Friends of Oakley
people show such a love and regard for history, both that of
our area and on the wider scale. And, just as I am putting this Creek
newsletter together, we’ve had exciting good news:
AWHS to receive community award !
On behalf of the Management Committee for Friends of
A letter was received on 20 June advising that Avondale Oakley Creek/ Te Auaunga, I intend to research and write a
Community Board Chairman Lorraine Wilson had nominated book on Oakley Creek and its surrounds. As part of the
our Society for a “Good Citizens Award”, and we have been scoping for the book, a segment on the history of the creek
selected to receive this award on 27 June. This is a wonderful will be included. To this end, I would love to hear peoples'
and pleasant surprise. A group representing the Society will stories about the creek - how they relate to the creek, their
be attending the function that night. perceptions, their values, and especially their memo-
ries. Any photos would be most appreciated. Naturally, I
would also welcome any other information relating to the
Primary School Reunion creek and the surrounding green spaces. I am happy to meet
with anyone at a mutually suitable time and place and can
The Avondale Primary School Reunion is on. The Society’s be contacted by phone (09) 846 1083, mobile 027 679 0211
organising committee for this have been hard at work and or email:
done an excellent job with arrangements to date. Regards
Dates: 23 and 24 November 2007 Norma de Langen
Contact: Doris 828-0376 or Lisa 828-8494 for details and
to go on the registration mailing list.
Next meeting, 4 August 2007, 2.30 pm,
Lions Hall.
St Jude’s anniversaries Researching a
A message received from the Vestry of St Jude’s Anglican
Bailey-Bollard connection
Church, in Avondale.
A researcher named Keith Sloan has contacted us, seeking
St Jude’s Anglican Parish Hall in Avondale celebrates its information on a connection between the Baileys and the
centenary this year and we are organising some events to Bollards.
mark this occasion. The main event will be the celebration of
the laying of the foundation stone of the hall which took Henry Irwin Bailey was in the NZ Light Trench Mortar Bat-
place on June 29th 1907. An “Edwardian High Tea” will be tery in WWI. I'm researching this outfit. His parents were
held on 1 July, 4pm to 5 pm, entry $5 a ticket, limit 100 tick- JW and MJ Bailey of "Twiston" Dominion Road.
ets. Entertainment will be from that era. Optional dress: pe-
riod costume. This will be followed at 5.30pm by Sung "Sergeant H. J. [sic] Bailey, who was killed in action in
Evensong in the Church.’ France on February 28, left New Zealand in April of last
year. He volunteered and was trained in the Waikato
Before St Jude’s Church was built, Anglican services were Mounted Regiment. He was the fourth and youngest son of
conducted in the Whau Public Hall. (This is the building Mr. J. W. Bailey, of Dominion Road, and grandson of the
next to the Hollywood Theatre in Avondale, which was late Mr. John Bollard, M.P. He was educated at the Taupiri
originally on the theatre site.) Mr John Bollard, an Avondale school and the Auckland Grammar School, and afterwards
father, was instrumental in getting St Jude’s built and Church went into farming pursuits. Sergeant Bailey, who was 23
of England services were held in the Church from 23 De- years of age, was a good horseman and a keen footballer,
cember 1884. Meanwhile, Sunday School, which was Bibli- playing with the Lower Waikato representatives." (Auckland
cal instruction for children and young people, continued in Weekly News, 29 March 1917, p. 48).
the Public Hall. Fundraising for a Sunday “School” began in
1902 and our Hall was built in 1907. I’ve passed this onto Society member Elaine Bollard, but if
anyone else has information they can share, do please let
Apart from Sunday School, the building has been well used Keith know on 419-4086.
over the Century. In 1908 a Mutual Improvement and Ath-
letic Club was started for youths of the parish. There was a Birkenhead Bus Tour
Girls’ Friendly Society. In 1912 a branch of The Church of
England Men’s Society was started. The Hall was even At the moment, after many months of negotiation with Ray
rented for a time to the overcrowded Avondale Primary Johanson from Birkenhead Historical Society, here’s some
School while 3 new classrooms were added on. provisional information on the 2007 Birkenhead Bus Tour:
As our Hall was officially opened on the 1st September 1907, Saturday October 20 at the moment, meeting at the Avon-
we are in the process of planning another celebration on Sun- dale Community Centre. I’ll still need to check with Avon-
day, 2nd September. This will take the form of Choral Even- dale Library if some folk can use some of their spaces just
song, modern version, at 5.30 pm followed by a coffee and next door. Cost: at the moment, no more than $25-30 per
dessert evening; the working title is “Deadly Desserts”. head. Bring a lunch, we’ll be visiting Birkenhead Society’s
museum, and we’ll ask if we can get a cuppa there for a dona-
September also sees a return of our Craft Show when St tion.
Jude’s will again be part of the Auckland Heritage Festival.
We are showcasing a display of Embroidery and Creative We’re gathering names at the moment so if you’d like to
Arts on Friday 28th and Saturday 29th September from 10 am come along, let me know on 828-8494, or histo-
– 4 pm each day with a concert in the church at 4 pm on Sat- If anyone from among our friends in
urday only. On Sunday 30th we will hold our regular morn- other Societies would like to come along, the more the mer-
ing services at 8.00 and 10.00 and there will also be a Festi-
val Choral Evensong at 5.30 pm.
Peter Blaiklock’s Bus Tours
St Jude’s Patronal Festival takes place on Sunday 28 Octo-
ber with Festival services in the morning and Choral Even- Phone Peter or Jean to book: (09) 817-6268
song later in the day.
July 8 — Selwyn Churches Tour
We do hope you will be able to join us at any or all of our
Meet at Iona Hall, Donovan St, Blockhouse Bay,12 noon
$18 each
Sincerely yours, Car parking available at the hall. These really are an enjoy-
The Vestry of St Jude’s Anglican Church in Avondale able day out, seeing the sites and chatting to friends.