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A vondale

vondale - W aterview
H istorical Society Incorporated

September—October 2008
Newsletter No. 35

Prepared by Lisa Truttman, President and Editor AWHS Executive Committee—2008-2009
St Ninians President: Lisa Truttman
The following recommendation from the Executive Commit- Treasurer: Alison Turner
tee was presented by Jack Dragicevich and agreed to by Minute Secretary: Dorothy Maddock
members at our AGM, 2 August 2008: Committee members:
Jack Dragicevich, Catherine Farmer and Les Murphy
An executive committee meeting consisting of Alison
Turner, Dorothy Maddock and Jack Dragicevich, was held at Letters of Support
38 Wingate Street at approximately 11am on Thursday 31
July 2008, in accordance with the wishes expressed at the The Society agreed to send a letter of support to the
last members meeting to further discuss the issue of whether Waterview Methodist Church supporting their funding
the Avondale-Waterview Historical Society should take up a applications towards the cost of restoration and mainte-
lease from the Auckland City Council on Saint Ninian’s nance.
Presbyterian Church, Avondale. The President, Lisa Trutt-
man was unavailable to attend and sent her apologies as well The Society also agreed to send a letter of support to the
as indicating her views on this matter to the committee. organisers of the campaign to support heritage protection
of Res 2 areas in the Auckland City Council area.
After a careful study of the conversation plan, and associated
reports (including on the contamination of the site and on Trading Table report
earthquake strengthening requirements etc) and from a de-
tailed study of the proposed lease documents, the committee Dawn Moffatt, in charge of our trading table project, pre-
voted unanimously to recommend to the members of the sented $182 to the Society at our AGM from the project’s
Avondale-Waterview Historical Society to reject the idea of proceeds. This comes mainly from sales of items at the
taking up the offer of entering into any lease arrangements AWHS meeting, but also from sales at the Blockhouse
over St Ninian’s church and its associated grounds at this Bay markets on Saturdays. Dawn expressed her thanks to
point in time. It was felt that the proposal was beyond the Lisa for occasional help at Blockhouse Bay, and to mem-
scope and resources of our society at present to take on such ber Jack Munk for the lovely wooden ware he so gener-
a task. ously donated, some of which was included as gifts for
our guest speakers.
There were many reasons for recommending a rejection of
this proposal such as: issues of on going maintenance and “I feel it is worthwhile and would like to continue with
security of the site, the legal costs of setting up such a lease, it,” Dawn said. The Society agreed.
the financial burdens on the society in terms of managing a
long term lease, the ongoing cost in terms of paying for rates Guest Speakers—August meeting
and amenities such as power and water, the lack of a suffi-
cient volunteer base in an organisation with an aging popula- Manjula Patel and Sarah Boyd-Bell gave a wonderful
tion base for the day to day running and operation of such a presentation to the Society this month on what the Avon-
venue; the potential cost of wages for someone to act as a dale Community Library has to offer. The AWHS, right
caretaker/custodian for the building, and whether the build- from inauguration in 2002, has had strong and continuing
ing offers more value to our members as a meeting space that ties with the library.
our present premises. Also there is the clear need to have a
long term vision/ plan for what this new venue could be
Guest Speakers to come …
used. It was further noted that the society would need on-
♦ Phil Sai-Louie in October talking about NZ place
going political/financial support from organisations such as
the Avondale Community Board (and from individual board
♦ Chris Kiwi in December talking about Queen
members) to make such a task possible. The current state of
Street in the 1970s
the economy and the uncertainty over the local government
and administrative reforms in the Auckland region at present, ♦ Graeme Hunt, author of an upcoming book on the
makes the prospect of this venture insecure. history of St John’s in New Zealand in February
History at St Judes Church Avondale, 27 September 2008. Speakers: Rob Lennox on the church’s history, and Lisa
Truttman on Avondale in the 1880s. Part of Auckland City’s Heritage Festival. More details in the Council’s brochure.
Point Chevalier Memories
Submissions close 15 September
Pt Chevalier Community Library
Did you live in Point Chevalier during the Thirties, Forties
or Fifties? If so, the staff at Pt Chevalier Community Li-
brary would like to hear from you! We are seeking reminis-
cences of life in Point Chevalier during this time - including
memories of days at school, radio plays, methods of trans-
port, the Ambassador theatre, fashion and shopping. These
will be collated and turned into books available from Pt
Chevalier Community Library for loan or purchase.

We would prefer handwritten submissions, and have packs
of paper at the library to distribute to contributors, but are
more than happy to accept recollections by email as well. Of limericks and Oakley Creek
phone 374-1322 (press 0)
Shortage of space last issue meant I had to postpone a
Auckland Heritage Festival event promise made to member John Bentley to promote his
book called Limericks, The Oakley Collection. Copies are
Local history talks at Pt chevalier library on 25th sep at on sale, $20 plus any p&p, and available from Simon O
11.00 am Woodhouse, 38 Kingsland Avenue, Kingsland, Auck-
land. John gave us a talk on his book, and the historical
11.00-Talk by David Verran, Local History Librarian on -- inspirations behind his limericks. Have a look at a copy,
Pt Chevalier to 1921 (may be 30-35 minutes) followed by a for a creative way to view heritage.
talk By Western Bays Community Board Deputy Chairper-
son Leigh Kennaway on "walk through our history" and in 17th century nun’s prayer
the end by Pam Burrell, Founder member of Pt Chevalier
Community Centre on "Pt Chevalier Community Committee Lord, Thou knowest better than I know myself, that I am
and the Centre". The talks should wrap up by 1.00 pm. growing older and will someday be old. Keep me from
We will be unveiling the “Pt Chevalier Road Map the fatal habit of thinking I must say something on every
from1914” for the public that day. The map has been subject and on every occasion. Release me from craving
sourced from Auckland city council Archives. Also, on that to straighten out everybody's affairs. Make me thoughtful
day we are inviting people who have interest to start a Pt but not moody; helpful but not bossy. With my vast store
Chevalier Local history group. of wisdom, it seems a pity not to use it all, but Thou
knowest Lord that I want a few friends at the end.
Book at Pt chevalier library, Ph-374 1322.
cnr Pt Chevalier and Great North Roads, Pt Chevalier. Keep my mind free from the recital of endless details;
give me wings to get to the point. Seal my lips on my
aches and pains. They are increasing, and love of rehears-
What your grandmother used to…... ing them is becoming sweeter as the years go by. I dare
With Heritage Week coming up in September (20 Septem- not ask for grace enough to enjoy the tales of others'
ber-5 October), we would like to encourage people to be- pains, but help me to endure them with patience.
come involved in Avondale Library's celebrations. We I dare not ask for improved memory, but for a growing
hope to have objects and artefacts that could be loaned to the humility and a lessening cocksureness when my memory
library to show how people lived in the past. This could be seems to clash with the memories of others. Teach me the
an old 20s iron, a tape recorder, spinning/pottery wheel, a glorious lesson that occasionally I may be mistaken.
gramophone etc to make it an interesting display. We look
forward to your support to make this a successful event. It Keep me reasonably sweet; I do not want to be a Saint -
could be a live weekend, to even demonstrate how these some of them are so hard to live with - but a sour old
items were used. person is one of the crowning works of the devil. Give
me the ability to see good things in unexpected places,
Telephone: (09) 374 1310 (press 0) and talents in unexpected people. And, give me, O Lord,
the grace to tell them so.
Next meeting: AMEN
Saturday 4 October 2008, 2.30 pm, Lions Hall, cnr.
Blockhouse Bay Road and Great North Road. (Contributed by AWHS member Dawn Moffatt)