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Historical Society Incorporated

May-June 2011
Newsletter No. 51

Prepared by Lisa Truttman, President and Editor meeting in October each year will be the time when we
will gather to lay a flower on each of the graves in the
St Ninians Church cemetery, in remembrance. I’ll include a reminder in
each newsletter.
Anzac Day: St Ninians open after memorial
News about members
The Avondale Community Society will have St
Ninians open on Monday 25 April, for anyone to pop Cynthia Shirtcliffe of Dargaville let me know recently
in and see the results of the refurbishment by Auckland that she’d been in Auckland Hospital for a time after a
Council. Light refreshments will be provided, and the heart attack. The last I heard, she was home again,
team would really appreciate it if some of our convalescing. The Society extends sincere best wishes
Society’s members could pop in and lend a hand on to you, Cynthia, for a rapid recovery.
the morning.
Burning Bush symbol Guest Speakers
AWHS member Jim Black has been working on a
Unfortunately, our speaker for April, Paul Hunter, on
design for the colouring of the “burning bush” emblem
Rosebank School and their reunion, could not attend
dating from 1954 at St Ninians. He showed his work
our meeting.
so far to the members, who expressed approval,
In June, we will have Phil Sai-Louie once more, one
support and great appreciation. This has the support of
of our regulars, telling us about Elizabeth Yates, the
members of the Avondale Community Society
Onehunga first woman mayor in the British Empire.
committee. More news on this as it comes to hand.
In August, Cr. Sandra Coney has kindly agreed to talk
St Ninians Cemetery — soon to be digital and to us. In October, Marc Bonny, author of Titirangi
online Fringe of Heaven, will tell us about his book, pub-
lished just last month.
I’ve photographed all the gravestones and have been I’m still taking suggestions for guest speakers. Any
gradually putting the images up on a website, along ideas? Heard anyone at other clubs? Please let me
with inscriptions, location in the cemetery, history know.
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 Free Books!
Cemetery project, I’d like to see a brochure or pam-
phlet which can be given to those visiting the church Our thanks to Les and Elva Murphy who picked up a
and cemetery. box of free books, Advance in Order by Graham Bush,
from Auckland Council Archives. These were swiftly
Council’s clean-up of cemetery given away amongst our members attending the April
The bougainvillea which had covered the last two meeting.
graves in Row D in the far corner has been chopped Copies are available from Council Archives, open
right back and cleared, thanks to Auckland Council Monday to Friday, 2pm-5pm, entry via the Academy
parks staff. A site meeting between Auckland Council Cinema entrance, Central Library Building, Lorne
staff, and myself and Wayne for AWHS proved to be a Street.
wonderful chance to convey to Council some of the
cemetery’s issues. I have already thanked Council for
all their efforts so far. Next meeting:
Flowers of remembrance Saturday 4 June 2011, 2.30 pm
It was suggested by Alison Turner that we institute a St Ninians Church
regular day each year to lay flowers on the graves in St Georges Road,
the cemetery. After discussion, it was agreed that our opposite Hollywood Cinema

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