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AvondaleAvondale-Waterview Historical Society Incorporated

January—February 2012 No. 55 Prepared by Lisa Truttman, President and Editor

Whau Local Board
Our Society has had some successes over the November-December period. The old Avondale Toilets on Rosebank Road: In December 2011, the Board allocated up to $60,000 from their discretionary funding toward the refurbishment and reconfiguration of the old toilet block/ Plunket offices, and are seeking a community organisation as a tenant. The renaming of New Windsor Reserve to Arthur Currey Reserve: This has been completed, and the new sign erected. The renaming of Avondale South Domain to Gittos Domain, Blockhouse Bay. This has been completed, and the new name nailed to existing signs. The Board’s SLIPs project for a sign beside the grave of Rev. David Hamilton at St Ninians Cemetery, preserving the words from the obelisk, has been completed, and the sign has been installed beside the grave at the cemetery. Many thanks to the Whau Local Board members.

The new sign beside Rev Hamilton’s grave.

Guest Speakers
February 2012: Aline Gee on wartime evacuees in Great Britain We had two speakers at our December meeting, with the surprise addition of Don Armitage, formerly a researcher with the Great Barrier Historical Society, but now living in Whangarei (he happened to be down visiting relatives on our meeting day). He showed up books prepared by the Great Barrier Island Society, and his own shipwrecks history. Then we had Marc Bonny give an interesting talk on his book Titirangi– Fringe of Heaven, a history of Titirangi in West Auckland. He and a team of researchers from Wst Auckland Historical Society spent a number of years interviewing people and researching archives and land history to come up with a lively telling of the story of one of our nearby neighbouring suburbs. Cost $45 from West Auckland HS, and some booksellers.

Our Members
At our December meeting, we noted that our member Pat O’Brien has left the Society, moving slightly closer to the Blockhouse Bay area, so she has decided to attend their meetings instead. She sent us a lovely appreciation card. Bye Pat — and all the best. We also sadly note the deaths of three of our members: Ron and Valerie Waygood (Valerie died late last year, Ron died 2 January. See this issue of the Journal.) Alva Exler (her funeral was on the day of our December meeting.)

Next meeting: Saturday 4 February 2012, 2.30 pm St Ninians Church St Georges Road, opposite Hollywood Cinema