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Historical Society Incorporated

November—December 2010
Newsletter No. 48

Prepared by Lisa Truttman, President and Editor NZ Federation of Historical Societies
St Ninians Update Auckland Regional Gathering 2010
Initial stages in the restoration of St Ninians began in
September withy the complete stripping of the exterior This is scheduled for 6 November at Pukekohe. The Soci-
paintwork, and work stripping and sealing the interior. ety at the October meeting agreed that we would be rep-
resented by Lisa Truttman at the gathering.
The Avondale Community Board agreed later that AWHS are also interested in hosting the 2011 Regional
month to recommend the granting of a lease to the Gathering, especially considering the availability of St
Avondale Community Centre Society, former manag- Ninians, and its proximity to the Hollywood Cinema, site
ers of the local Community Centre. With St Ninians of the Wurlitzer Society concerts. It was agreed that Lisa
hopefully ready for re-opening in November, the is to put the Society’s name forward as a host, for winter
AWHS members present at our October meeting ap- 2011.
proved moving our meetings from February 2011 to St
The last time we hosted the Regional Gathering was in
Ninians on St Georges Road. This will ensure that we
have a regular schedule of meeting dates (impossible
at the moment at the Lions Hall), plus identity with
Avondale’s oldest existing building. Guest Speaker in October:
Roger Hughes
Donation from St Jude’s Roger gave us a wonderful talk on the history of Lodge
Titirangi No 204, a feature of Avondale’s historical land-
We’ve received a donation from St Jude’s Church of scape for most of the 20th century. Thankfully, due to his
two full colour prints (from Auckland Art Gallery col- effort and those of other members of the Lodge, a number
lection) of Hoyte’s paintings of A H Spicer’s land at of their important documents and records have been
Avondale, 1860s. saved from consignment to the rubbish tip. Roger showed
us old record books and photos of the Lodge Masters, and
As soon as possible, we will arrange have them copied, is at the moment working on a history of the Lodge.
laminated, and present the laminated copies to St Judes
for future exhibitions, as a token of our thanks. Girls Brigade Re-union March 2011

Rosebank Horticultural Study Hi everyone,
My name is Pam Harpham and with my cousin Joy Clark
(Blomfield) I am organising a re-union of the 9th
John Adam has presented an 88-page report on Stage 1 Auckland Girls Life Brigade which was held at the
of the study. This is scheduled to be published in hard Blockhouse Bay Baptist Church. We are hoping that the
copy to our local library, Auckland Central Library, majority of our advertising will be by word of mouth so if
Auckland War Memorial Museum Library, and NZ you are in contact or know of any addresses please let
Historic Places Trust for their reference collections, them know. The date is Saturday 26th March,
and also online. 2011. From 1pm – 4pm in the Church Hall. Other de-
tails will be advised nearer the time.
Accompanying it will (hopefully!) be a compilation of
all articles the Society has published on Rosebank
history to date. Next meeting:
Saturday 11 December 2010, 2.30 pm
After meeting with John Adam, a proposal will be put Lions Hall, cnr. Blockhouse Bay Road
to the Society for Stage 2 early in 2011.
and Great North Road.