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AvondaleAvondale-Waterview Historical Society Incorporated

September—October 2011 No. 53 Prepared by Lisa Truttman, President and Editor

Guest Speakers
October: Sandra Coney December: Marc Bonny on his Titirangi Fringe of Heaven book

Trading Table
In the 2010/2011 year, Dawn Moffatt has raised $275 for the Society with the Trading Table. Well done Dawn! Keep bringing in your Bring & Buy items, jams, produce etc. for the trading table put out at each Society meeting, please — but don’t forget to take some time to buy as well!

Whau Local Board
I appeared before the Whau Local Board at their regular meeting in New Lynn on Tuesday 9 August, to raise a number of issues: 1.The missing community noticeboard/heritage sign at the Town Centre (by Dale the Spider) 2.The renaming of New Windsor Reserve to Arthur Currey Reserve (still not done, although approved September last year) 3. The renaming of Avondale South Domain to Gittos Domain, Blockhouse Bay (still not not, although approved in 2009. AWHS wrote in support of this back in 2004) Also, as there was a representative from a peace group who spoke to the Board before I did, and brought up the Peace Garden at the corner of Ash Street and Great North Road (installed in 1995), I advised the Board that, should they wish to specially celebrate the garden, they should also consider contacting the family of the late Kurt Brehmer, who as member of the Avondale Community Board was the instigator and main advocate for the garden’s establishment. Kurt, who with his wife Nola was a foundation member and staunch supporter of our Society, is not forgotten.

Rosebank Study stage 1
This is finally out and about, launched online on Sunday 7 August, and free copies distributed to Avondale Library, Central Library, National Library, Avondale Community Gardeners, Avondale Citizens Advice Bureau, and the Whau Local Board. Phew! At the time of writing, the Community Gardeners will be holding a talk on the study on Saturday 13 August. I’ve set a retail price on further copies at $25, to help with further print costs. The late Ida Kiss’ donation of $200 to the Society has gone towards production of this book.

Auckland Regional Gathering of Historical Societies 28 August 2011
With 43 intending attendees, representing around 20 organisations, this even on 28 August at St Ninians has turned out, at this point, to be more successful than I had thought. I’m delighted to see so many of our friends from other societies around the region and beyond. There’s virtually no room left at the inn, now. Start time is 9 am, with things underway by 9.30. West Auckland Historical Society are catering the light lunch of soups, and several will head over after lunch to the Wurlitzer concert just across the road at the Hollywood at 2pm

Avondale Rugby memorabilia
The Avondale Library had a wonderful response, including from Suburbs Club — so they will have a great display at the library during the World Cup period. Many thanks to all those who got in touch to help our library out.

2011 Annual General Meeting & our 10th birthday
The committee from last year have all been reappointed for this year, 2011/2012. President: Lisa Truttman Treasurer: Alison Turner Minute Secretary: Dorothy Maddock Committee: Jack Dragicevich Les Murphy Catherine Farmer It is our Society’s 10th birthday in June next year. Suggestions as to how we should celebrate and mark the occasion are welcome and would be appreciated. Perhaps I should compile a 10 year history of how we came about and what we’ve achieved so far? We seem to be the focus of a number of ideas and suggestions already from our community. Coming up on the horizon is the 10th anniversary of the launch of Heart of the Whau in 2003. Avondale Library have requested that this be reprinted, and I’d like to do so but as a new edition, corrected and updated. Completion for this would be, hopefully, 2013, the tenth anniversary. Depending on demand, this may only be a library edition for their reference. I’d welcome thoughts on this from the membership. I’ve also had requests from the library and from Duncan Macdonald at the Avondale Business Association for a reprint for Challenge of the Whau (1994). Ron Oates has told me he has no objections to this, and it would help preserve what has become a classic history for our district from vanishing from library shelves. If I hear more on the details as to how this can be achieved, I’ll let you all know. There’s also Stage 2 of the Rosebank Study (involving a broader scope, such as industrial history there, schools, churches, residences …) And then there’s New Lynn, where Trevor Pollard from West Auckland Historical Society and Derek Battersby of the Whau Local Board are both keen (as am I) to see that district be well-documented in terms of its story, so close a neighbour to our own district. I have already invited professional historians to submit scoping summaries and estimate of costs for this project, which would involve a number of years’ work (as with Rosebank) and would require external funding. I hope to bring a proposal soon to our Society to ask for

agreement to be the overseeing Society for funding applications and the project as a whole, in conjunction with West Auckland HS. But first … I have to get over Heritage Festival 2011! Lisa Truttman President

The end of the Rosebank Road toilets/old Plunket offices?

The Auckland Council are considering whether or not to demolish this building, finished in 1942, after closing the toilets following fire damage to the rear rooms once the Avondale Plunket offices. Catherine Farmer, a Whau Local Board member has contacted Cr. Sandra Coney asking if anything can be done to preserve the building. A re-use for something else or a community group would be welcome. Readers’ thoughts would be appreciated.

Mt Roskill Historical Society
There's a new Historical Society in Auckland, but they have yet to incorporate. I understand a public meeting is scheduled for 4 September to approve the constitution and gather supporters for incorporation, but that date has yet to be confirmed. Keep an eye on your local papers.

Next meeting: Saturday 1 October 2011, 2.30 pm St Ninians Church St Georges Road, opposite Hollywood Cinema