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AvondaleAvondale-Waterview Historical Society Incorporated

May-June 2012 No. 57 Prepared by Lisa Truttman, President and Editor

Guest Speakers
For our June meeting, I’ve extended an invitation to the Heritage Researcher in Auckland Council’s Heritage Unit, to come and tell us about the city’s heritage policies etc. August, David Verran has been invited, after I heard an excellent talk by him on East Coast Bays October: AWHS member Arthur Milner. Arthur has posed a question for our Society’s members: during World War II, were local women in the district manpowered for work in that period?

NZ Federation of Historical Societies Conference and Annual General Meeting, 27-29 April 2012
The gathering began with a Friday evening informal meeting of early arrivals in the Cosmopolitan Club at the south end of Levin. There was a tour of sites of historical interest on Saturday morning, but after 2 nights in motels stuck between State Highway 1 and the railway line (my Thursday night had been in Otaki Motel) I was not up for this. Saturday lunch and the Federation AGM were in the Vintage Car Club in Tiro Tiro Road, directly across the road from RJS liquorice factory. This is significant because the welcome pack given to each Delegate included a liquorice log from RJS. The AGM attendance was a disappointing 25. The same executive were re-elected, notably Neil Algar as Chairperson and Neil Curgenven as Secretary-Treasurer. My verbal report on AWHS consisted in explaining that after nearly all our previous meetings being in the Avondale Lions' Hall, from June 2011 we are now meeting in Avondale's oldest surviving building: Saint Ninian's Church (1860). The main other business was the planning to hold the 2013 AGM in Dunedin, probably on the 2nd Saturday in April. As I had been in Dunedin on the 2nd Saturday in April this year, I commended this date to the Meeting as an excellent time to visit. The weather in Levin, after a rainy Friday afternoon, was very pleasant for the Federation events on both days. Proceedings finished with dinner in the Cosmopolitan Club, with a long speech about a local project to research people named on southern North Island war memorials.

Supporting Auckland Library
The Society has written a supporting letter for the Auckland Library Heritage Trust supporting their application to Lottery Grants for funding to preserve their collection of 19th century NZ Heralds. We have been thanked by the library for our help.

Rosebank Community Mapping Project
Margaret Griffiths and I met with reps from the Avondale Community Gardeners and the Unitec team led by Paul Woodruffe on 21 March to discuss the community mapping project. Margaret is putting together a list of Rosebank families. I’ve provided the project with files and maps on the history of the area, and also met up with a member of the Unitect team who has been taking photographs of the area. A walkway connections project may come from this project as well. This is ongoing.

Chris Kiwi, Delegate to Federation AGM, Avondale-Waterview Historical Society.

Torbay Devonshire Teas
Third Sunday of every month, at the Vaughan Homestead, Long Bay, starting at 3pm to 4pm. Bookings are essential for catering. You can book by phoning 473 6482 by the Friday before. Leave a message with your phone number and numbers of those wishing to come.

Next meeting: Saturday 2 June 2012, 2.30 pm St Ninians Church St Georges Road, opposite Hollywood Cinema