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Historical Society Incorporated

January—February 2015

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.

Jo Marris (1921-2015)
Another member of the Society passed away recently - Josephine Ann Marris nee Bridges, known to her
family as Jo. Jo was born 2 November 1921. The
Bridges and Humphreys families in Waterview are
closely linked. Her father William Ernest Bridges was
born in 1878 at Mercury Bay, and married Mary
Eleanor Duggan in 1898. By 1905, the Bridges family
were at Surrey Crescent, while William Bridges
worked as a meat preserver; in 1911, he appears in
Victoria (Victor) Street, now working as a marine
dealer. In 1917 he was working as a quarryman and
living at Alexandra (now Alverston) Street in
Waterview. In 1919 he was a labourer in Arch Hill,
then obtained work out at Purewa Cemetery as a
gravedigger. Mary Bridges died in 1927, and by 1928,
William brought his family back to Avondale, working
again as a quarryman and living on Kitchener Road
(Holly Street). By 1930 the family were living at
Alverston Street. William Bridges died in July 1954.
Jo attended St Mary’s Convent school for a time, then
went to Avondale Primary until she was 14. She
worked at Crown Lynn, in the electric jugs department, before marrying Jim Marris in 1944. They had
two sons; one of whom, Garry, is currently an AWHS
member. Jo later worked at the local Four Square in
Waterview, then at the A uckland Star café. She lived
at Alverston Street up until recently when increasing
ill health meant a shift to Selwyn Village last November.
Jo Marris donated some images towards both the
Avondale Historical Journal and Jack Dragicevich’s
Waterview Heritage Study. My own meetings with her
were too few – but I remember her as a kind, thoughtful and determined soul. Her family recalled her with
love and humour at her funeral service, which is what
she would have wanted, I’m sure. Deepest sympathies

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to the Bridges-Humphries-Marris families for their

Dawn Moffatt receives
Kiwibank Local Hero Award
Our own Dawn Moffatt, who organises the trading
table and raffles at our meetings, was a recipient of a
Local Hero Award medal in December last year, one
of 11 from the Auckland Western Suburbs. A very
proud Dawn (and rightly so!) showed the medal to
those at our December meeting. This was for a cumulative effort over the last 25 years for work in the
community, especially with the medical school.

Trading Table
Dawn requests items for the trading table — produce
from garden is a great seller, especially this time of the
year. If you have anything spare, Dawn would really
appreciate it.

100 Years of Cinema in Avondale
Back in 1915, the Avondale Road Board took over the
old Avondale Public Hall on St Georges Road,
knocked off its porch and other alterations, and added
a brick façade and offices on the front, completed by
October-November of that year, calling the two conjoined buildings the Town Hall. The 1915 front was
later completed in 1924, and together are today’s Hollywood Cinema.
Harry Empson from Pt Chevalier began showing his
movies at the Town Hall from December 1915, so this
year marks 100 years of cinema in Avondale.

Next meeting of the
Avondale-Waterview Historical
At St Ninians, St Georges Road
(opp. Hollywood Cinema)
SATURDAY, 7 February 2015, 2.00 pm