September-October 2011

Volume 11 Issue 61

The Avondale Historical Journal
Official Publication of the Avondale-Waterview Historical Society Incorporated

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Photos from the Everton Family
Next meeting of the Avondale-Waterview Historical Society: Saturday, 1 October 2011, 2.30 pm St Ninian’s Church
St Georges Road, Avondale (opp. Hollywood Cinema)
Tony Goodwin supplied these for the Journal and an accompanying article on the Evertons of Donegal Street here in Avondale on the next page. Here are his captions: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. Muriel and son Graham, November 21 1935 Mother with Wilfred, 11years and Muriel 22 years Graham Everton, 9 years 3 months, June 1944 Frank and Muriel Everton with Grandchildren Mark and Joan Frank Wood ex fiancé of Muriel’s at Karekare 1926 where they were both teaching

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Graham attended Avondale College and had a strong interest in science and on one memorable occasion, with the help of Don Holt who lived across the road in Donegal Street, we concocted some home made explosives and destroyed the storm-water cess pit in the street – but no one knew anything although the noise alone was tremendous! You have to remember that Holt's was the last house in the street on that side and from there down to St. Jude Street was the “Horse paddock” – actually railway land. Graham went on to become a pharmacist and had the shop at Green Bay for many years. He was married to Beverly Hayhow who suffered a tragic car accident that left her paralyzed at the same time they had three young children. She went on to be a wonderful mother and an inspiration to many with her positive attitude. I have in my possession a number of family photographs courtesy of Mark Everton. Muriel was a wonderful help to historians by writing so much information on the back of these photographs thus making them not only a repository of family history but also a mine of interesting facts. This is rather meandering, but is written as it comes into my head. Tony Goodwin July 2011

Memories of the Evertons
by Tony Goodwin
I note the articles by Robin Fazakerley [last issue — Editor] (I knew a Gavin Fazakerley, any relation?) and map 2 shows the Everton's home at 20 Donegal Street. Graham Everton, the only son of Frank and Muriel Everton was a close friend of mine for many years until his death. Pam Harpham mentions the Tomlinson's shop in Avondale, they also lived in Donegal Street at number 18, next door to Evertons. [Ces and Zoe Robertson lived at number 16, and the house is still in the family ownership] The fact that I now live at 14 Donegal Street is coincidental. Frank Everton started work with the Auckland Electric Power Board in 1923 and to the best of my knowledge spent the next 36 years with them as a meter reader. It is legend that he could add up your power bill in his head at the time he would read it! I remember him as a very quiet and personal man. He retired from the Power Board in 1959. Muriel was for many years the Infant Mistress at Avondale Primary School. She trained as a teacher at “Rockland Hall” Epsom and taught at Karekare for her country service [ where she met Frank Wood. They became engaged but broke it off, sometime in 1926]. I don't know when she married Frank Everton or when they moved to Donegal Street, but Graham was born February 1935, six months before me. Muriel retired from teaching at Blockhouse Bay Primary School, December 1953. At some stage an annex was added onto the back of the house for Graham which became a “pad” for his friends from the Avondale Baptist Church where we all attended the 7th Auckland Boys Brigade company. After his marriage, this room was let to a Peter Watts who regrettably took his own life on the premises sometime in the 70s. Muriel ended her days at the “Aranui Home” Mt Albert (gifted to the Auckland Baptist Auxiliary for the care of “Christian Gentlewomen”).

More on Vera Fowler
On reading Robin Fazakerley’s memories re Vera Fowler (Grey) [last issue] I wish to correct some of them. I calculate that Robin Fazakerley was about eight at the time she is remembering. Vera Fowler was widowed and left with two children aged about 10-12. She shifted from Kingsland area back to her mother’s home in Chalmers Street. It is a rambling house with, at that time, a very dilapidated drive, and would have appeared “castle like”? to a small girl. Re the piano lessons and the “maid” – this would have been the home owner Vera’s mother and the waiting room a small sitting room. The room with the piano was of average size with not near the amount of furniture as she remembers. Vera’s son, after visiting the house as an adult, commented how small the rooms were and a regret how many Grey & Menzies empty bottles had fallen to his shanghai, when considering present day valuations of old relics. Margaret Bassett

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Images of Rosebank
from Robert Chisholm

In response to the publication of stage one of the Rosebank Landscape Study, Robert Chisholm emailed these images, along with their captions. Thanks, Robert.

(Top) Typical Houses and Landscape: The Bungalow is opposite # 67 Patiki Road. (Sangster House). Note Bamboo Hedge leading down driveway virtually to creek. To left of Sangster House is field attached to Bracey Lot. Date of pic: How old do you think Terry Whitchurch looks, that’s him on the right.

(Above) you can get the idea of the state of Patiki Road, which the ATB refused to come down, hence we walked to the junction of Rosebank to catch the bus. .Pic taken outside 67 Patiki, looking up the hill. Wick Bracey house on the right. In the pic left to right: John Chisholm, Rodney Alfred Charles Johnson, me, Ian Sangster, and Jim Chisholm at back. (right) The lawn at the main house for Chisholm farm. Long established by earlier people, maybe Bell? The driveway wound right around the lawn which comprised various exotic trees including fan palms and proteas, and the centrepiece was a huge pond with a fountain, roses around it. You can just see this fountain in behind Mum and big bro Allan Chisholm. Somewhere I read in the study something about the landscape being a bit slummy. I can certainly say that this place was no slum, just look at the garden. Pic would be late 1944 or early 1945. You should have seen the walnut tree to the north of the main house. Cutting that tree was certainly a crime.

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Images of Rosebank from Robert Chisholm

Terry on the left, Brent Whitchurch front right. The driveway was a cinder track for trolley derby. At the right over the hedge will be built A C Hatrick factory. Background you see the trees indicating a boundary line, while just in front of that the new house is being built for Dr Leon Williams, who practiced with the father of our Chief Justice Sian Elias, in Walsall Street where the cop shop now stands.

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