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Historical Society Incorporated

May—June 2008
Newsletter No. 33

Prepared by Lisa Truttman, President and Editor val), and in October, I have a speech to do at Avondale Col-
lege on early Rosebank land history. At most of these, our
St Ninians heritage walks brochures have been handed out, and informa-
tion given to those interested in our Society.
Community Board Chairman Duncan Macdonald was unable
to attend our April meeting, but some notes were read out as
to what is proposed for St Ninians:
Members’ messages
He proposes to the AWHS that St Ninians be operated by the Hardley family information request
Society as a heritage centre. Estimated cost per year -- $500. Received at the last Society meeting, 12 April, from Lorna:
He sees it as a place to hold our meetings, with the Avondale “I moved to Brisbane in 1951. Prior to that my family lived at
Business Association keen to meet there as well and time- 14 Hadfield Avenue, Waterview. My parents were Cliff &
share. The building could be let out to other suitable commu- Elsie, and we children are Cliff (b. 1931), Roger (b. 1933),
nity groups, but no longer as a playcentre or crèche. Could be Alice (b. 1936) and Lorna (b. 1942). The boys & Alice went
let for small events. Art displays? Weddings? to Avondale College, and I went to Gladstone Rd Primary
The building needs to be stripped, repainted, the lead in the School. I would love to hear from anyone who remembers
paint removed. Council would take care of this. The conser- any of us. You can contact me at email: lor-
vation plan is yet to surface – AWHS would need to see a, or my friend Marie Perry will pass
copy. Portage Trust is apparently interested in supporting, on any messages if you ring 626-3527.
and may also pay for cost of manning the centre. (Portage
Trust funding for St Ninians under our name, though, means Historic Newspaper Cuttings
that we would no longer be able to apply to them for research I have several large plastic bags of newspaper cuttings, re-
and publication costs, such as for the Rosebank project.) cording significant events over the past 60 years or so. They
AWHS, if agreeable with this proposal, would apply for the include such things as the death of Queen Mary, President
lease. Duncan to assist as Community Board chairman. Kennedy's assassination, the moon landing and many more.
They are sorted into categories, e.g. Royal Family, Political,
Remember: St Ninians is 150 years old in April 2010. etc.
If anyone can offer these treasures a kind home, I would be
Other News very grateful.
Please phone Terry 828-2334
The Society voted to return the items housed at the moment
at the old Plunket Offices on Rosebank Road, originally A letter from Eric Waterfield
from West Auckland Historical Society, to that Society.
Dear Lisa,
We won’t be running heritage walks during the Auckland
City Heritage Festival as we did last year — but will be pre-
I would like to extend heartiest congratulations to 91 year old
pared to do these walks at other times during the year, on
Mervyn Wallace on the occasion of his receiving a Murray
request or by arrangement.
Halberg award for his services to cricket in the late thirties.
A change to our constitution, detailing that our committee Mervyn honed his cricketing skill along with Dr. Warnock on
may have up to eight members, will be put to our AGM in the Avondale Primary School all weather cricket pitch under
August before we apply for charitable status to the Charities the supervision of Mr. Blennerhaset in the early thirties. The
Commission. school’s next international cricketer was Gordon Burgess, son
of Wood Tech teacher Mr. Burgess. Gordon’s son Mark also
Since February this year, when I spoke about Avondale’s
represented NZ at cricket.
early gardeners to the Auckland Gardening Society, I’ve had
a number of speaking engagements which have sparked off
All the best,
from that: Blockhouse Bay Townswomen’s Guild, Auckland
Tre-Foil Guild at Mt Eden (about Boyd’s Zoo at Onehunga),
West End Friendly Circle at Cox’s Bay (about the Bay),
Avondale Garden Club (on 28 April). Coming up: One- Next meeting:
hunga Senior Citizens, Lynfield Probus, and a group in Saturday 7 June 2008, 2.30 pm, Lions Hall, cnr.
Green Bay. St Jude’s Church invited me to speak in Septem- Blockhouse Bay Road and Great North Road.
ber on Avondale in the early 1880s (for the Heritage Festi-