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Historical Society Incorporated

November—December 2014

Prepared by Lisa Truttman, President and Editor

Guest Speakers
Contact Alison Turner, 825-0300, if you have any
suggestions for our Guest Speakers schedule for the
new year.

Avondale and World War 1 website
Work is underway on compiling and researching
around 250 names of those who served from the
greater Avondale district during the First World War,
for a website I’ve recently started:

No. 72

NZ History Federation
Annual Conference and AGM
The 2015 Conference incorporating the Annual General Meeting will be held in Wellington 1st to 3rd
May hosted by Onslow Historical Society, a fun and
educational weekend mixed with networking is planned
and attendees will be hosted to a guided tour of the new
War Memorial Park (Opening ANZAC day 2105). Put
the dates in your 2015 diary NOW.
Enquiries to Secretary, Neil Curgenven or 0272441348.
It is very early days yet, I’ve scheduled myself for doing this (also for Pt Chevalier and hopefully New
Lynn) from now until 2018,in my spare time, but anyone is most welcome to have a look at the list I’ve put
up online so far, and any further info would be greatly

Rosebank Study — Stage 2
The Avondale Community Gardeners are quite keen to
see the continuation of the Rosebank Heritage Study
begin as soon as possible. I received an email along
these lines from Imi Tovia, and agreed to a meeting
held on Thursday 6 November at Avondale Library
with the researcher we commissioned for Stage 1, John
Whether the Society agrees to proceed with the project,
and to apply for funding from the likes of Portage
Trust, is still to be decided by the Society, of course,
and a scope of the project still needs to be prepared,
along with an idea of who will be doing what, and how
much it will cost.
I asked Imi as to what sort of outcomes the ACG would
like to see from this project. They’d like to see at least
the following as part of the study:
— A study of the history of the Rosebank soils;

— a Maori historical context. This could be somewhat
tricky, give that there are a number of iwi/hapu with
claim to mana over the area. Imi will get back with info
on a project underway within the local Maori community on Rosebank.
— an expansion on the family history information for
those who live and have lived on the peninsula. This
will involve including and researching more families,
and adding to information included in the first stage
publication. This will include not only European, but
also Chinese and Pasifika families.
What I suggested as an additional is the story of the
industrialisation of the area, the churches and the
schools. John Adam recommended that a bibliography
be compiled, along with a assessment of Auckland
Council management plans previously published.
All in all, so far it sounds like it will be a large and specialised project. As soon as I have more information, I
will let the Society know.
Next meeting of the
Avondale-Waterview Historical
At St Ninians, St Georges Road
(opp. Hollywood Cinema)
SATURDAY, 6 December 2014, 2.00 pm