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September—October 2015

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

In July a reader/member of my Timespanner Facebook page
put up several images from a family photo album, to do with
Edgar Hastings Scott (1886-1985) and his wife Sarah.
Deborah wrote: “My Great Grandfather and Grandmother
Scott moved to Avondale around 1919 after living in various
places around New Zealand, share milking, they were a large
family, probably not unusual for the times… (12 children and
1 that passed away as an infant). They lived, for the most part,
in this house at 113 Blockhouse Bay Rd, Avondale … [In the
image above] you can see the intersection of New North Rd &
Blockhouse Bay Rd, and the block of shops.”

113 Blockhouse Bay Road. From Google street view.

Edgar Hastings Scott and wife Sarah McNeil were married in 1910, and lived in Christchurch in 1911. By 1919,
they had arrived in Waterview, living in Seaview Road. After
another shift to Christchurch, they were back, this time at the
Next meeting of the
Blockhouse Bay Road home by the late 1920s. Edgar was a
Avondale-Waterview Historical Society:
farmhand in Kiwitahi in the mid 1930s, then back in
At St Ninians, St Georges Road
Avondale after World War II. He was in the Rodney district
during the 1950s, and in the 1970s near Hamilton.
SATURDAY, 3 October 2015, 2.00 pm

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Some more memories of
Barbara Walmsley
Hi Lisa
The article about Barbara Walmsley in the A vondale
Historical Journal [last issue] brought back a few
memories. I can remember that photo so my parents
must have had the A vondale A dvance.
I thought you might be interested in this photo (below)
taken a few years earlier — probably about 1946-7.
George Dunne (centre back) held a school teaching
Highland & Irish dancing in the Bowling Clubrooms
on Great North Road on Saturday mornings. Barbara
is at the extreme right in the back row. I can’t remember many faces and even fewer names but the curlyhaired blonde 2nd from right in the front row is
Gwennie Jordan. It may be her brother Sonny next to
her. Her sisters Mary and [Gail?] in the dark bolers are
4th & 5th from right & I am immediately behind Gail.
It would be interesting to find out the names of some
of the others. I can remember other names, especially
the Robinson family, but they are not in the photo.
I was fascinated by Barbara as she was involved in the
theatre as I was beginning to be. She was a lovely
friendly girl and always looked after us smaller ones at
performances and competitions. My last memory of
her must be of about the time of the Miss Auckland
competition. She called in to see my mother and had

her in hysterics describing a rehearsal for a play she was
in at the time. Barbara was cast as the romantic lead and
had gone not knowing the producers intended to tackle
the big love scene that day.
Unfortunately Mrs Walmsley had chosen that day to
make a lunch of which garlic was a large component.
That wasn’t a vegetable to be found in our kitchen so I
had to be told what it was and what its effects were on
the breath.
I’d love to find out what happened to her. Lovely as she
was I don’t think she won the beauty competition but if
they had had such awards in those days I’m certain she
would have won those for personality and friendliness.
Robin Grover (nee Crum)

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followed World War I and was in charge of the emergency hospital set up on the racecourse at the time.
“Among Mrs Grey’s many treasured souvenirs are the
presentation scissors with which she cut the ribbon to
open Grafton Bridge. Mr and Mrs Grey were the first
to drive across Grafton Bridge in their carriage and
“Ah, they were indeed the ‘good old days’; there was
never any dissension — everybody worked so wholeheartedly for the good of the community,” says Mrs
Grey reminiscently.
“As active as ever, with never a dull moment, Mrs
Grey has many hobbies, among them dressing dolls,
making very attractive scrapbooks, and stampcollecting — all for charitable causes.”
Fanny May Edwards married Charles Daniel Grey in
1897. He died in 1925, and his obituary follows, from
the NZ Herald, 13 February that year:

A Long Life Devoted
to the Service of Others
From the Avondale Advance, April 1954.
“Avondale, like the districts surrounding it, is steeped
in colourful history, and few, if any, living locally can
be more aware of it than Mrs C D Grey, of Chalmers
Street who, among many other achievements packed
into a long and active life, was Mayoress of Auckland
in 1909.
“Now nearly 80, but mentally and physically as active
as most women half that age, Mrs Grey has been living
in Avondale for 54 years. Her house was then only a
four-room cottage surrounded by 22 acres of farmland,
with cows grazing all around. The cottage was enlarged into an eight-roomed house, the Grey homestead
in which Mrs Grey grew up, married and raised her
own family of five children — two sons and three
“In a life that has been completely devoted to the service of others, Mrs Grey can look back with pride on
the many good causes for which she has laboured successfully. The Avondale Volunteer Fire Brigade was
provided with its uniforms in the early ‘20s largely
through the efforts of the Women’s Social Committee
in which Mrs Grey was a tower of strength; grateful
recognition of her services was shown when, on behalf
of the Brigade, its Superintendent, Captain Watson,
presented her with an inscribed silver teapot.
“Among many other good causes close to her heart
was the Suburbs Rugby Football Club (her brother
Charles was for years a coach for the club) and the Star
of Avondale Lodge of the IOOF. She was also an indefatigable worker during the influenza epidemic that

“The death occurred at Avondale on Wednesday evening of Mr. Charles Daniel Grey, who was Mayor of
Auckland in 1909-10. Mr. Grey was born in Ballarat,
Victoria, in 1859, and came to New Zealand with his
parents two years later.
“He was educated at Hallaway, Thames, and at the
Auckland College, under Mr. McVay Baird. He was a
member of the firm of John Grey and Sons,
now Grey and Menzies, aerated water manufacturers,
from 1890 to 1896, when he became sole owner.
“He took a keen interest in local affairs, following in
this respect in the footsteps of his father, whom he succeeded as a member of the East Ward of the Auckland
City Council in September, 1896, a seat which he retained for 14 years. He also, like his father, became

Charles and Fanny Grey. From the Avondale History
Group collection.

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Mayor of the City, his term of office being 1909-1910,
following that of Sir Arthur Myers.
“Among other public offices-held by Mr Grey was a
lengthy period as president) of the Auckland Poultry
Association, and periods as president of the Old Chums'
Association, president of the Workingmen's Club,
chairman of the Avondale Road Board, member of the
Avondale School Committee and of St. Jude's vestry.
He was also for some time a member of. the Hospital
“In Masonic matters Mr. Grey took a very keen interest,
having been WM of Lodge Waiteroata, EC, on three
occasions. He was also a member of the Grand Lodge
of the English Constitution, attaining the rank of Past
District Grand Senior Warden. In addition, he was a
member of the Mark and Royal Arch Chapter Lodges,
and had passed the eighteenth degree in Masonry. In
Oddfellowship he was also an enthusiastic member,
having, been one of the founders of the Star of Avondale Lodge.
“Mr Grey was married in 1897 to a daughter of the late
Mr J Edwards, of Thames, by whom lie is survived. He
also leaves two sons, Mr John Grey, of Masterton, and
Mr Charles Grey, of Avondale, and also three daughters, Mrs. Cecil Horrell of Mount Albert, and Misses
Olwyn and Mary Grey, of Avondale.
Charles Daniel Grey in his mayoral robes. From Avondale
History Group collection

“He lived in Avondale for the past 24 years, where the
family have been property owners for nearly 60 years
“The funeral will take place at Waikumete this afternoon, and will be strictly private, in accordance with a
long expressed wish.”
Fanny Mae Grey died 20 June 1955, and is buried with
her family at Waikumete Cemetery.

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