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Historical Society Incorporated

September—October 2015

Prepared by Lisa Truttman, President and Editor

October Remembrance
at St Ninians Cemetery
Two years ago in conjunction with an open day we
held at St Ninians Hall and cemetery during Auckland
Heritage Festival, the Society organised a special remembrance for those in the cemetery taking the form
of small flowers laid on the graves.
We will be organising this again this year — so, members and friends attending our 3 October meeting will
be invited at the conclusion to take some flowers provided by the Society to place on the graves in the adjoining cemetery. Those who would like to bring along
their own flowers are most welcome to do so.

Talk on the Hollywood Cinema
Don’t forget — 8 October, 10.30 am at the Avondale
Library, J ack Dr agicevich will be giving a talk on
the Hollywood Cinema, and inviting those attending to
share their memories of this landmark in our area.

New Lynn Brick Heritage
to be commemorated
Keep an eye on your local papers — events are being
planned by the Whau Local Board and New Lynn
Business Association around a celebration of New
Lynn’s brick heritage, in the wake of the July closure
of the last brick making enterprise in the district,
Monier CSR.

Guest Speakers
Contact Alison Turner, 825-0300, if you have any
suggestions for our Guest Speakers schedule for the
new year.
Upcoming speakers:
October 3—Diane Smith, regarding photos of the
Waterview Connection
December 5—TBA

Next meeting of the
Avondale-Waterview Historical Society:
at St Ninians, St Georges Road, Avondale
SATURDAY, 3 October 2015, 2.00 pm

No. 77

Annual General Meeting
August 2015
Heritage signage at Avondale reserves
At the Annual General Meeting, I made note of the
fact that interpretive signs have still not been prepared
and installed at either Tait Park or Saunders Reserve.
Thanks to Catherine Farmer, Chairman of the Whau
Local Board (and a committee member of our Society), I received the following email:
“Some time ago, parks had indicated to us that they
were looking at interpretive signs for the whole of the
west. Upon checking last week, they confirmed that the
project is still in hand and that Tait Park and Kurt
Brehmer Park were definitely on the list and that they
had gathered some but not all information that is required to get to the delivery stage.
“The Parks Manager did acknowledge that there has
been a delay in rolling out interpretive signage to
west parks but their team has been kept very busy with
major projects for quite some time and have not had
the capacity to speed up the signage programme.”
So, hopefully, that means some action soon. The
Saunders Reserve sign has been waiting since 2006,
and the Tait Park sign from just before 2010. It should
be noted that other Local Board areas in the central
isthmus do not seen to have the same delays with regard to the installation of such signs, nor was there any
delay with the signs marking the World War 1 heritage
trail, including sites in West Auckland, and one on the
Memorial Reserve just next to St Ninians here in
Trading Table
Dawn Moffatt announced a total for our funds for the
year raised through raffles and the trading table of
$340. A vote of sincere thanks was offered by those
present to Dawn for all her hard work.
Election of Officers 2015-2016:
President: Lisa Truttman
Treasurer: Alison Turner
Minute-Secretary: Dorothy Maddock
Committee: Catherine Farmer, Jack Dragicevich, Les
Murphy, Basil Pinhey, Leonie Leman.