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AvondaleAvondale-Waterview

Historical Society Incorporated

Newsletter
January — February 2016

No. 79

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.
Upcoming speakers:
February 6 2016— Trevor Pollard. “Life and Times of
a West Auckland Plumber”

April 2016—Ryder’s Cinema outing
Pencil your calendars for around the middle of April —
Alison Turner will be working on organising another
movie & lunch at Ryder’s, as we did this year. More
info once bookings are confirmed.

NZ History Federation conference &
AGM 2016 at Auckland
As a bit of a change from me trotting off to other parts
of the country — the 2016 conference is being held in
Auckland over the course of 29 April to 1 May. At the
moment, I’m putting together the event, in conjunction
with Garth Houltham of the Mt Roskill (Puketapapa)
Historical Society) starting with a Friday evening gettogether at Kinder House in Parnell, Saturday conference and AGM at Alberton in Mt Albert, Saturday
night dinner and a movie at Ryder’s Cinema here in
Avondale, and a Sunday morning visit to the Portage
Ceramics Museum in New Lynn.
Any help with sorting things out, especially on Saturday April 30 would be very greatly appreciated.
Thanks VERY MUCH to those who have contacted me
to date.

Hollywood Cinema—new owners
I’ve been asked by a few people in the Avondale community as to what is happening with the Hollywood —
and the answer is I don’t know, and I haven’t heard.
But I do know who the new owners are. The conveyancing was registered 20 November 2015, so the
owners are now: Matthew Charles Timpson, and
Rennie Cox Trust No 8.

Adventures in street naming
... or, things going a bit loopy in Avondale …
Trent Street, off Blockhouse Bay Road, has always
been a small street. It may even be Avondale's smallest.
It started out as the end of Station Road (today the
northern part of Blockhouse Bay Road) because it
curved down towards what used to be a level crossing
across the railway tracks, pre 1915.
From the 1930s or so, it was renamed Trent Street (out
of a list of place names Auckland City Council chose
from at the time).
So -- basically there were only ever two houses in the
street. Now, there's just one.
I suppose, because of the one single remaining house in
Trent Street, Auckland Council didn't want to consider
just renumbering that property so that the loop road
could be considered Trent Street as well, instead of the
developer's choice of Whakawhiti Loop. A 33-unit
street coming off the end of a tiny street with just one
house on it.
Or -- rename Trent Street as Whakawhiti Loop, and ask
the owner of the one house if they're okay with that. No
-- the Whau Local Board last year voted to approve a
33-unit loop coming off our tiniest street to have its
own name.
One for the (future) history books, I guess ...

Next meeting of the
Avondale-Waterview Historical Society:
at St Ninians, St Georges Road, Avondale
SATURDAY, 6 February 2016, 2.00 pm

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