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November—December 2014

Volume 14 Issue 80

The Avondale
Historical Journal
Official Publication of the Avondale-Waterview Historical
Society Incorporated

A Triple Wedding in 1914

Next meeting of the
Avondale-Waterview Historical
At St Ninians, St Georges Road
(opp. Hollywood Cinema)
SATURDAY, 6 December 2014, 2.00 pm

Lynley Stone, a family historian, sent through the
wonderful photograph above, three couples marrying at a
triple wedding on 30 July 1914, held at the house of Joel
and Elizabeth Hopkins, at around 309 Blockhouse Bay
Road. It looks like the villa still exists today. They were:
Alice Annie Hopkins to Henry William Lamb,
Emily Elizabeth Hopkins to Alfred James Burrows,
and Harry Hopkins to Alice Hobbs.
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Reverend Robert Barton Gosnell (Methodist) officiated.
One of the grooms, Henry
Lamb, was enlisted as a rifleman during the First World
War which followed, 25 July
1916 (31417). Born at
Herekino 24 August 1889, he
had been living at Houhora in
Northland as a self-employed
labourer and gum digger
when he married Alice
Hopkins. The couple were
living at Houhora in 1915
when a daughter, Alice Elsie
was born, and another daughter Majorie Edith was born in January 1917 in Auckland,
so his wife Alice was pregnant with their second child
when he enlisted, and must have returned to the family
home on Blockhouse Bay Road for support. He was discharged July 1918 as physically unfit for service after
suffering a shell wound to the right firearm at
Passchendaele in October 1917 which led to that arm’s
amputation. The army then proceeded to give him clerical training at Oatlands Park in England for a few
months until he was shipped home, where he studied
shorthand, book-keeping, commercial arithmetic, stencilling, rotary duplicator work, and typewriting. After the
war (as at 1921), he and Alice lived in Victor Street,
Alice, Emily and Harry’s brother,
William John Hopkins, was also living at the family home at Blockhouse
Bay Road when he enlisted in October
1915 as a private, later sergeant. Born
in Surrey, England 21 February 1895,
he worked in Avondale as a butcher
for H & J Binsted. He served in the
2nd Battalion, Otago Regiment
(23/1679). He was discharged as
medically unfit in 1918 after receiving
a wound to the jaw on the Somme in
Joel and Elizabeth appear to have been living on
Titirangi Road, New Lynn, when Joel died 20 May 1924,
aged 65.
Those identified by Lynley in the photo(front page) are
as follows:
From left (clustered into logical groups):
Unknown woman
Herb Malam (rear), May Malam (given name Mabel
Mary Hopkins), holding Graham Malam.
Alf Lamb (Harry Lamb’s brother); Ben Hopkins (given

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name Arthur Hopkins), Harry Lamb and Alice Lamb
(nee Hopkins). Unknown flower girl, possibly Harry’s
sister or niece. Jack Hopkins (given name William John
Hopkins), Bridesmaid (friend of Alice’s); unknown
woman, possibly Harry’s sister.
Harry Hopkins, George Hopkins, Alice Hopkins (nee
Hobbs), George Burrows, Eadie Hopkins
Joel Hopkins (father); Alf and Emmie Burrows, (nee
Hopkins), Bill Burrows (Alf’s brother); Elsie Hopkins
Ivy Burrows (Bill’s wife) holding Jean Burrows; Elizabeth Hopkins (mother) with dog; May Hopkins (nee
Scott) holding Buster Hopkins.
Lynley describes herself as “I’m an amateur family historian, really interested in the Avondale/New Lynn/
Kelston area. My families of interest are the Hopkins and
Gibson families, both of whom arrived in the area between 1908-1915. Between 1912 and 1925 they married
into families with names of Malam, Lamb, Burrows,
Whittaker, Matheson, Hobbs.” She is very keen to hear
from anyone who has further information on the family,
or has connections with them. Contact her at, or phone 849-8274.

A wedding in wartime
The triple wedding on 30 July may have been one of the
last, if not the last peacetime wedding in the greater
Avondale district before WWI — but just as a point of
interest the first one during the war period itself was at St
Judes, September 1916.
The first war wedding in Avondale took place this week,
at St. Jude's Church, when Private Harry Walker was
married to Miss E Lees. The bride, who was attended by
two bridesmaids (Miss Emily Lees and Miss Bertha
Walker) looked very sweet in a beautiful dress of. white
crepe de chine, white satin train, veil, and orange blossoms, and was given away by her brother, Mr B Lees.
The best man was Private Parkes, and Private Groves
acted as groomsman. The Rev Cable officiated. The
bridegroom leaves very shortly for the front. (Auckland
Star 16 September 1916)

Avondale Presbyterian Church Roll of
Recently, I was asked by Auckland Council to contribute
research toward the text of the two First World War heritage trail signs here in Avondale, one at Memorial Park,
the other Avondale Racecourse. In the course of that, I
looked through Papers Past to see what was going on in
Avondale during the war — and discovered a roll of
honour of which I had not been aware .

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At the request of the Government, yesterday was
observed by religious bodies throughout the Dominion
as a day of prayer for the war. Appropriate services
were held in all the local churches, and the size of the
congregations showed that in general the Government'
suggestion was very heartily supported. Well-attended
united gatherings were also organised by many local
bodies … A special service was held in the Avondale
Presbyterian Church in the afternoon, when a roll of
honour was unveiled. The members of the Avondale unit
of the National Reserve and the local Boy Scouts were
present. (Auckland Star 8 October 1917)
This was Avondale’s second Roll of Honour, after the
Oddfellows Lodge one unveiled in June that same year.
The Avondale Union Parish very kindly granted me permission to photograph the roll, where it is displayed at
present in their church on upper Rosebank Road.
The roll (above) is divided between those who died in
service, and others who served during the war.
Killed in action:
Alexander John McLEAN
James Parker McCRAE

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William Ralston INGRAM
Frederick (George) OXENHAM
Reginald Philip FILLUELE
James Alexander CROOKS
John Samuel BROWNE
Frederick Harry WALKER
George (Richard) HAM(P)SHIRE
Frederick Ivo HAM(P)SHIRE
John Alexander MILLER (Millar)
George Joseph HOLLINGER
Arthur (John) HOLLINGER
Alexander STEWART
William Neilson INGRAM
Robert Somerville INGRAM
Dr Susan Annie ROBERTSON
Sister Nancy Marion ROBERTSON

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Benjamin David ROBERTSON
Harold (Lionel Robert) NESBITT
Albert Edward MORRISON
Lewis Harold MORRISON
Alexander (Kenn) WILLIAMS
Norman (John) THOMAS
George William BROWNE

An Avondale WWI
conscientious objector:
Brian Andrews Allely
As I’m making my way through around 250 names of
those who served from the greater Avondale District,
including those who had connections, for my online roll
of honour project, I’m uncovering the stories behind the
names. Such as this one.
Born 19 May 1897 at Tauranga, Brian Allely’s father
was Abvondale pharmacist and dentist Robert Joseph
Allely of Great North Road. Brian lived with his parents at 6 Roberton Road. He had previously served in
the Post & Telegraph Corps militia, so he had not been
opposed to military service before. Before enlistment
he worked as an engineer for W A Stephenson, in Mt
Albert, but when he was called up 4 September 1917
the newspapers described him as a telegraph messenger. Allely "failed to parade on concentration to proceed to camp when ordered to do so" by an officer on
18 October 1917. He was apprehended by the authorities and proceeded to camp 9 November 1917. On 10
November 1917, he refused a direct order to take his

issue of kit at Trentham. 23 November 1917 he was sentenced to 2 years hard labour. (Source: military file)
A telegram to Allely on his file from Major Jolly, dated
19 October 1917 read:
"Why did you fail to report for service with Expeditionary Force"?
A letter on his file reads (in response):
Avondale, Oct 20th 1917.
The OC, Auckland Military District
Dear Sir,
Having been balloted for service with the NZ Expeditionary Force, and holding religious and conscientious objections, I am sorry to state that I cannot assist in any
way with this war.
Not being a member of any religious body recognisable
by the military authorities, I am quite willing to accept
whatever consequences my action in declining will lead
I will report at Trentham if word is sent to me, otherwise
I will be found at the Grand Central Hotel, Wellington.
Change of address has already been notified.
Yours faithfully
B A Allely
According to notes found online on Rootsweb, Allely
married Muriel Ethel Atkinson in 1921, and they had the
following known children: Brian Holland, David Atkinson, Garth Rowe and Margaret Andrews.
He died 20 July 1977, and was cremated at Waikumete.
His brother Joseph Calvert Allely served in England
during the war, with the Royal Naval Auxiliary Patrol,
Motor Boat Service.

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