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May-June 2011 No. 51 Prepared by Lisa Truttman, President and Editor
St Ninians Church
Anzac Day: St Ninians open after memorial service
The Avondale Community Society will have St Ninians open on Monday 25 April, for anyone to pop in and see the results of the refurbishment by Auckland Council. Light refreshments will be provided, and the team would really appreciate it if some of our Society’s members could pop in and lend a hand on the morning.
meeting in October each year will be the time when we will gather to lay a flower on each of the graves in the cemetery, in remembrance. I’ll include a reminder in each newsletter.
News about members
Cynthia Shirtcliffe of Dargaville let me know recently that she’d been in Auckland Hospital for a time after a heart attack. The last I heard, she was home again, convalescing. The Society extends sincere best wishes to you, Cynthia, for a rapid recovery.
Burning Bush symbol
AWHS member Jim Black has been working on a design for the colouring of the “burning bush” emblem dating from 1954 at St Ninians. He showed his work so far to the members, who expressed approval, support and great appreciation. This has the support of members of the Avondale Community Society committee. More news on this as it comes to hand.
Unfortunately, our speaker for April, Paul Hunter, on Rosebank School and their reunion, could not attend our meeting. In June, we will have Phil Sai-Louie once more, one of our regulars, telling us about Elizabeth Yates, the Onehunga first woman mayor in the British Empire. In August, Cr. Sandra Coney has kindly agreed to talk to us. In October, Marc Bonny, author of Titirangi Fringe of Heaven, will tell us about his book, published just last month. I’m still taking suggestions for guest speakers. Any ideas? Heard anyone at other clubs? Please let me know.
St Ninians Cemetery — soon to be digital and online
I’ve photographed all the gravestones and have been gradually putting the images up on a website, along with inscriptions, location in the cemetery, history behind the people buried or memorialised there, along with a map. Fortunately, St Ninians Cemetery contains around 44 plots, in four rows. From the Digital Cemetery project, I’d like to see a brochure or pamphlet which can be given to those visiting the church and cemetery.
Our thanks to Les and Elva Murphy who picked up a box of free books, Advance in Order by Graham Bush, from Auckland Council Archives. These were swiftly given away amongst our members attending the April meeting. Copies are available from Council Archives, open Monday to Friday, 2pm-5pm, entry via the Academy Cinema entrance, Central Library Building, Lorne Street.
Council’s clean-up of cemetery
The bougainvillea which had covered the last two graves in Row D in the far corner has been chopped right back and cleared, thanks to Auckland Council parks staff. A site meeting between Auckland Council staff, and myself and Wayne for AWHS proved to be a wonderful chance to convey to Council some of the cemetery’s issues. I have already thanked Council for all their efforts so far.
Flowers of remembrance
It was suggested by Alison Turner that we institute a regular day each year to lay flowers on the graves in the cemetery. After discussion, it was agreed that our
Next meeting: Saturday 4 June 2011, 2.30 pm St Ninians Church St Georges Road, opposite Hollywood Cinema