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Historical Society Incorporated

March—April 2008
Newsletter No. 32

Prepared by Lisa Truttman, President and Editor NZ Federation of Historical Societies Inc.
2008 Conference at Helensville
Rosebank History Project Friday 4 April to Sunday 6 April

At the February meeting, the Society approved the start of The Society appointed me as their delegate to this conference
fundraising for a project to research the horticultural history — but it is open to any member of the Society to attend. Hel-
of the Rosebank area. This would include the story of early ensville & District HS are putting on a packed programme
land ownership and subdivisions, market gardens, orchards, over the weekend. If any of you have a bit of time to spare —
etc. The researcher I’ve found to do the work is John Adam, come on up and have a look around!
a well-published landscape and horticultural historian. From
his CV: Friday: 4 April
“John Adam graduated with Diplomas in Horticulture and Official welcome, Mix & Mingle, Society Reports, Supper
Parks and Recreation Administration from Lincoln College
in the mid 1970s, He was employed as Deputy Superinten- Saturday: 5 April
dent of Horticulture and later Horticulturist at University of 8.30 am
Auckland from 1980 to 1998. He began historical research Breakfast at Railway Station, illustrated lecture on Kaipara
on the gardens of Old Government House and the historically Railway, visit railway exhibits
associated landscapes Albert Park, Auckland Domain and 9.45—10.30 am
Western Park. He founded (1989) and chaired the Auckland Helensville Heritage Trail (walk, drive) & Riverside walk
Garden History Society until 1995. He has made landscape 10.30 am
heritage study trips to Australia and North America. Squares Morning Tea at Pioneer Museum, exhibits open
and Parks held in Montreal, Canada in 1993. He was a con- 11.15 am—12.15 pm
tributor to A History of The Garden in New Zealand, Viking, Illustrated lecture on Parakai at Helensville Courthouse
1995 and has presented papers at the 1996, 2000, 2004 and (Museum site)
2005 Conferences of Society of Architectural Historians of 12.30 pm—LUNCH at Masonic Hall
Australia and New Zealand. In December 2002 he was 1.15 pm—2.15 pm Masonic Hall
jointly awarded, with Matthew Bradbury a lecturer in the Archives New Zealand—discussion with Archivist Kylie
landscape architecture programme at UNITEC, Auckland, a Ngaropo
New Zealand Fulbright Fellowship, to pursue a joint research 2.15 pm
project on the American career of landscape architect, Fred Annual General Meeting
Tschopp (1905-1980). Completed from December 2003 to 3.15 approx
March 2004 in Los Angeles. They were affiliated with the Afternoon tea then depart for visit to Silverdale Museum (car
Department of Landscape Architecture at the California State pooling arranged suggest $5 pp)
Polytechnic University, Pomona near Los Angeles. 5.30 pm approx: Return to Helensville Pioneer Museum open
until 6.30 pm. Tea and coffee available
“In 2006 he was awarded with Louise Beaumont a total of 7 pm—9.30 pm Masonic Hall: Dinner & light entertainment
2,000 pounds stirling from the Stanley Smith Horticultural
Trust (UK) to research the history of medicinal gardens and Sunday: 6 April
plants in 19th century New Zealand and their links to Austra- 9 am—meet at courthouse: Kaipara River and Harbour
lia, USA and UK. Finally, he has been a self employed land- Cruise with historic commentary by Ngati Whatua and Euro-
scape historian since 1998 whose business is called Endan- pean historians. Morning tea available.
gered Gardens.” 12 noon approx
Return to Pioneer Museum for packed lunch and farewells
Total cost of the research has been quoted as $7000 over a
three-year period. The Society since the meeting has received Costs:
a very generous anonymous donation of $3000, which cer- Registration: $25.00 pp, Saturday: 2 course breakfast: $10.00
tainly gets us on the way as far as fundraising for the project pp, Lunch: $7.50 pp, Evening banquet and entertainment:
is concerned. I’d like to see research on the industrial and $35.00, Sunday: Kaipara Harbour Trip: $25.00, Packed
residential/educational aspects of Rosebank covered as well, lunch: $7.50
but at least with the horticultural aspect, we’ll have the spine
RSVP by 20 March 2008 to: Conference, Helensville & Dis-
of the project for the other parts to add to later.
trict Historical Society Inc, Box 133 Helensville, Phone/fax
Hopefully, John will be able to come and address the mem- 09 420 7881, or email:
bers as our guest speaker at a future meeting.
Contact me for copies of the registration form
Another response to: [4] The bottom of Alford Street was also our play-
Joe Robinson’s “Memories of ground. This was quite a popular area for keeping
boats. Mr Hart, Mr Sorenson, Bob Sigley, Ralph
Waterview” Spencer all kept boats here. There was a substantial
channel that went down to the Oakley Creek, now
Trevor Gazzard and Tony Goodwin were both in- changed due to the Motorway. There was a small
spired by Joe Robinson’s article in the Jan-Feb jetty where we would launch little boats at night on
issue of the Journal. Here’s Tony’s email to me, the outgoing tide with a stub of candle giving light
published with his permission. until out of sight in the distance. Oh so romantic!

Lisa, [5] Max Eyes worked for many years at Crown
Lynn in the electrical porcelain department. I
I was fascinated by Joe’s recollections of living in believe he spent all his life in Alverston Street.
Waterview in the 1930s-40s, and a number of
anecdotes that he quotes also stirred my memory. I [6] I also remember the small dairy on the side of
regret we never met. the Four Square Store at the top of Alford Street. As
it was war time the range of ice creams was limited
Another Robinson family lived in the State House to “pink or white” or Robinson’s Eskimo pie. This
on the corner of Alverston Street and Great North had to be one of the smallest shops imaginable. It
Road. Mr Robinson had been at sea all his life as a still remains in the same position today, but not as a
cook. And when I knew the family he was working dairy.
for the Northern Company on coastal vessels. There
were three boys, and their mother cared for them [7] There were three old “Workmen’s Cottages” on
intensely and they all went on to good educations. the Great North Road where Cowley Street is. Yes
Bill, the eldest boy became famous as the engineer one was a house of ill repute, and one day coming
who designed the earthquake mounts for the new home from the pictures at Pt. Chev, we saw our
parliament building [the Beehive]. Uncle cutting the lawns!

[1] We also swam in the pool at the bottom of the [8] The store in Oakley Avenue was vacant when
waterfall. This was in the mid 40s I remember the we came to Waterview in 1944. What was its
water being quite clear. It was wartime, and patients history? Anyway it was opened as a grocers shop by
from the Mental Hospital would kindly share their Ray Hieatt sometime in the late 40s but must have
cigarettes with us. Also we used to go fishing from always been a struggle. The Hieatt Family had
a small bridge further towards Great North Road. always been grocers. His brother Charlie had the
These were very small fish that smelt strongly of shop at the top of Blockhouse Bay Road by Henry
cucumber! Now that’s unusual, but I swear by it. Street. There was also the shop next to Trigg’s Ga-
rage. This would have been the father? Ray also
[2] I never went to the Phyllis Street tip, but I have opened a small shop at Wood Bay but that also has
a recollection of the NZ Railways using it to dump long gone. This would be an interesting family for
old rolling stock and possibly even old locomotives. research. Young Ray was a Bollard scholar and for
Some one should look into this. If they are there many years had the cane shop at the top of Rose-
they would be worth recovering. bank Road. He was married to Valerie Oates.

[3] We lived for a period at 26 Fir Street, before Tony Goodwin, 4th February 2008
there was a Tutuki Street, or any houses on the sea-
ward side of Seaside Avenue, which was covered in
large pines down to the waters edge. These areas
were our playground, just as Joe said.
Next meeting, 12 April 2008, 2.30 pm,
When they were building the State houses in Tutuki Lions Hall.
Street we used to play in them and talk to each other
through the unconnected water pipes, and sad to say, PLEASE NOTE SLIGHT CHANGE FOR
removed building timber to make our rafts and tree APRIL TO 2ND SATURDAY IN THE
huts. MONTH

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