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Historical Society Incorporated

September—October 2017
Prepared by Lisa Truttman, President and Editor
No. 89

Our usual 7 October meeting has been replaced this year
by a Heritage Festival event:
Heritage Conversations in Avondale, fr om 1.30 pm at
St Ninians.

Join us for an afternoon of discussion about aspects of
Auckland’s social heritage. At the event, Lorraine Wilson
will talk about 'Childhood memories of post-wartime food,
1945-1947' and will be followed by David Wong discuss-
ing 'Reflections of the Poll Tax on Chinese in New

Other Avondale events during the Festival

Saturday 30 September to 1 October 2017
The Whau River: A Journey Through Time
Come into Avondale Library to share memories about the
Whau River, Avondale's backyard waterway. View some
amazing photographs from the river's story: the portage,
early settlements, up to present day, from the collections
of Max White, J T Diamond, and Sir George Grey Special
Collections. Free exhibition. All welcome, no bookings
required. Open during library hours.

Saturday 30 September, 10.30—11pm
Avondale's Public Hall: 150 Years in the Community
The Avondale Library presents a celebratory talk on the 150th anniversary of the Avondale Public Hall. Lisa
Truttman, Avondale/Waterview Local Historian, will describe this significant building's history in Avondale's
township, and its importance for the rest of West Auckland. Come and join in the lively conversation with tea/
coffee and biscuits.

Saturday 30 September 2pm –3pm
Kai in the Whau: Then and Now
Sharing stories of the Whau area's history as a food basket and the current community-led movement back towards
food localisation, Kai Whau is a programme funded by the Whau Local Board to support the development of com-
munity-led local food initiatives that connect and strengthen communities across the Whau Local Board area. 'Kai
in the Whau - Then and Now' is a short film that has been produced under the Kai Whau programme to share the
stories of the Whau area's history as a food basket of the Auckland region, and the stories of community-led initia-
tives driving a shift back towards local production and distribution of food in the Whau.

Sunday 1 October, 2pm –3pm
Friends of the Whau: Talk
A talk by the Friends of the Whau, a group committed to looking after this historic waterway. Their connections
with Kurt Brehmer, the establishment of the Kurt Brehmer walkway, plus restoration activities since then.

Plus …
I’m giving three other talks at libraries:
Blockhouse Bay Library: Dances and Flicks at Blockhouse Bay: The Kosy Theatre 1926-1973,
4 October 10.30—12 midday
Pt Chevalier Library: The Dazzling Dixieland: Pt Chevalier’s Jazz Centre By the Sea, 6 October
11am—12 midday
Central Library: Wai Horotiu, Queen Street’s Hidden Stream, 11 October , 12 midday to 1pm