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ewsletter for the Point Chevalier Historical Society
o. 21, ovember 2011
Changing scenes in Pt Chevalier
Top: the old Remuera Library building, when it was the Post Office, before it was removed for the realignment of Pt Chevalier Road. Right: The southern end of Pt Chevalier Road, showing the back of the library in the hall (left) .
In this issue, photographs taken by Lois Elliott’s father B R (Bertie Reginald) Elliott are included. Lois recently found these and had negatives developed. Prints have been donated to Sir George Grey Special Collections in Auckland Central Library. The estimated time period for these photographs is from the late 1960s through to the mid 1970s. Thank you so much, Lois, for sharing them!
ext issue due out January 2012
Contact Lisa Truttman (editor) : 19 Methuen Road, Avondale, Auckland 0600, phone (09) 828-8494 or email email@example.com
Meetings—2011 (all at Horticultural Centre, 990 Great orth Road, Western Springs) ovember 24 10.30 am (Speaker: Colin Gallagher on history of football in local area) Meetings—2012 February 23, April 26, June 28, August 23, October 25, ovember 22
Pt Chevalier Historical Society Minutes of meeting Thursday 27th October 2011 Auckland Horticultural Council Rooms
Meeting started at 10.30 am. Present: 31 people Apologies: Pam Burrell, Graeme Perkins, Maurie Wallen, Neil Wallen, Laurie Mason, Shirley Phillips, Gwen Annan Correspondence received: Mt Roskill Historical Society (thanks for est wishes & small donation) President’s report : Mt Albert Historical Society – need support particularly with contributions to newsletter. Padmini Raj who was instrumental in setting up our society and producing the first edition of “Pt Chevalier Memories” is transferring to Blockhouse Bay library. Her contribution to our society is much appreciated and will be marked at a future event. Funding- society needs to apply for funds to help with venue hire, postage etc. Treasurer’s report Bank accounts (September) 00 -$976.18 01 – 2823.35 ii) All copies “Pt Chevalier Memories” now sold General business Jean Jones displayed folder she has put together of various documents from purchase of land, section subdivisions etc. Folder is of general interest as the purchase of sections involves a large number of people apart from her family. Blockhouse Bay historical society has produced a DVD – it is oral history with pictures. Auckland City Council may be open to support our society should we undertake a similar project. Joe Cleal marked the passing of his neighour (Jean Empson) who was a resident of Pt Chev for 74 years. Des Gates commented on article in NZ Herald (27th Oct) about the tannery in Meola Rd. Guest Speaker: Dave Simmonds “A Maori perspective on the history of Pt Chev” Meeting concluded 12.05pm
An arcade, a supermarket, and a carpark
I’m still feeling my way around with this topic, readers, because a full in-depth period of research would take more than a bit of time in going through Council records, and possibly locating and interviewing some of those involved. But, this is what I have at the moment. Comments and additional information from anyone would be truly appreciated. The arcade-supermarket-carpark complex in Point Chevalier lies at the heart of the shopping centre we know today. It includes 9-13 Pt Chevalier Road )old alignment), 1197-1205 Great North Road, and 8-16 Huia Road (now just known as 16 Huia Road, the carpark, in Council records).Originally part of the northern section of the 19th century Sutherland estate, it had been part of a night soil depot, then put up for sale from 1907 by a syndicate which included brothers from the Dignan family. The Pt Chevalier Road frontage was three sections. No. 9 (then known as 11) was sold to Francis Parkes, a Mental Hospital Attendant, in 1920. In 1937 it was sold to Thomas Henry and Elizabeth Jane Emma Wilson, Thomas being the manager at the time of the Portland Cement Works. A carpenter
named James Lowe was living in a house there by 1939 – he and his wife Lizzie bought the property outright towards the end of 1946. Lizzie Lowe inherited the property in 1956, and Eric and James Lowe inherited it in 1962. It was purchased by Eric Cameron Armishaw and George Gonda at the beginning of 1963. These two were probably Wellesley Industries, the developers of the nine-shop Pt Chevalier Arcade (first section) which opened there off Pt Chevalier Road in 1964. Until 1970, No. 11 was a section owned by the Crown for state housing purposes. In that year, it was sold to a widow named Francis Irene Shrimpton, who almost immediately transferred the property to Leslie Roy Mills, company director, and solicitor James Denham Shale. By 1971, the property was owned by the same insurance company who also (by then) owned the original arcade property. No. 13 Pt Chevalier Road was purchased in 1921 by Amos James Mudgway, a builder. The property had a number of owners and lease agreements on its record, including a lease to couple Frederick William and Ellen Stonex – interesting, because in one of B R Elliott’s photos included with this article, a shop beside what became the Self Help supermarket frontage on Pt Chevalier Road has the words “Stonex Bros” on it. Cutting a long story short, this property, like
Above: Artist’s impression of the planned arcade off Pt Chevalier Road. Mt Albert and Pt Chevalier News, 29 July 1963
that of the other two beside it, was owned by the insurance company (Dominion Life Assurance, later Commercial Union Assurance), then Gil Investments Limited from 1983. So the supermarket as we know it today (originally Self Help, but within a few years operated by Albert Gubay as one of his 3 Guys stores) possibly dates from c.1971-1972. Of the two sections fronting onto Great North Road which form part of the arcade as it exists today, one was purchased in 1920 by Herbert Charles Bridges in 1920, while next to him fellmonger Charles John Marks bought his section in 1921. Marks sold his property to grocer Frederick Walter Sherer in 1928, but Sherer’s store appears in Wises Directory there from at least 1925. It was Sherer’s store at 1201 Great North Road which ended up being operated as a Self Help store from about 1944. A right-of-way that was part of the property served as an access from the 1964 arcade through to Great North Road; then, when the arcade was redeveloped and expanded in the early 1970s, the Self Help store became the supermarket as part of the complex, but under separate land title. The Huia Road properties which make up the carpark: No. 8 Purchased in 1915 by Kate Spiers Commons (later married to Te Puke bank manager John MacIntosh Roberts), the site likely didn’t have a house on it until builder Albert Treweek bought it in October 1924, then sold Harbour Board employee Alfred Harvey two months later. A couple, Paul Walter Starke (engineer) and his wife Emma May Dean Starke,
Above: The arcade under construction. Mt Albert and Pt Chevalier News, 9 March 1964 The completed arcade. Mt Albert and Pt Chevalier News, 1964
Remainder of article on page 8
All photos on the following pages from the B R Elliott collection.
Left: beginnings of the supermarket, built during the c.19701971 reconstruction of the arcade and supermarket complex.
Right: The Pt Chevalier Road frontage taking shape
Left: The completed frontage
Right: Demise of the home appliance store and shoe centre, Great North Road, early 1970s, for the arcade extension
Left: Arcade extension space under construction. Rear view of No’s 10 and 8 Huia Road.
Right: Continuing construction of the arcade extension.
Left: Continuing construction of the arcade extension.
Note from Lois Elliott: According to the photos, there were five houses “sold for removal” between the brick bungalow on the corner of Great North Road and Huia Road, and No. 18. Presumably, they were numbered 8, 10, 12, 14, 16. No. 18 (now the Point Chevalier Community Centre) was built for the Paris (sp?) family. Their living quarters were upstairs, and the ground floor was a Dance Studio where their daughter, Bernice, taught ballet. Right: You can just see the corner of No. 8 on the left of the photo, the white verandah of No 10, No’s 12, 14, 16
Left: No 12 Huia Road.
Right: No 12 & 14 Huia Road.
Left: No 16 cut in half prior to removal
Right: Work proceeding on the now-cleared carpark by Auckland City Council
bought the property in 1928. The property remained in the Starke family until 1968. In 1971, it was purchased by Auckland City Council. No. 10 William Charles Gillam of Pt Chevalier, storeman, purchased this property in 1922. The house which was on this site may have dated from that time. There were a few further owners of the property after 1941, until the Council bought it in 1971. No. 12 Purchased in 1921 by Auckland milkman William Augustus Phillips, the site was sold to carpenter William Robert Bartle in 1923. The house could have dated from this period. In 1937, Bartle sold to Mrs Laura James, who in turn sold, in 1940, to railway employee
Frederick Ralph Buckley and his wife Mavis. In 1971, it was bought by Leslie Roy Mills (see above), and in 1975 purchased by Council. No. 14 This property was purchased in 1919 by baker and pastry cook Robert Stormont, but the house appears to have dated from after 1939, according to the directories. The Stormont family sold the property to a butcher, Keith Oscar Jansen, in 1940. He on-sold it five years later to the likely first house owner, Miss Marie Roze Fielding. Her heir sold it to Council in 1971. No. 16 A site purchased in 1916 by John and Annie Stormont, the next owners James Noble Clark Somervell and his wife Florence Jane (Somervell was a local range maker) from 1920 sold the property in 1938 to Reginald William Morris. Morris could well have been the one for whom the house was built. It was sold to Leslie Roy Mills in 1971, and to Council in 1975. The Huia Road carpark, after the five houses were removed, was possibly constructed from 1975. Firmer details would require a trip to Council Archives at some stage. — Lisa Truttman
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