Monday, August 16, 2010

My Stop Cafe sign, Newmarket Train Station

Yes, why not have a theme sign for a cafe next to the train station? I haven't been in the cafe, so no comments from me regarding the tucker -- but I do like this sign. Spotted weekend before last.

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Blog spotting: Genealogy New Zealand

In pulling together a talk at the Central Library for next Wednesday on medical records, I came across another interesting blog: Genealogy New Zealand. Looks like it started up last month - another one to add to the links list.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Women who love women and Local History

Information from the Charlotte Museum, on their upcoming event day in September. Further to this post.

Mt Albert's only museum is organising the first of a series of local history events on Sunday, September 12. 

The Charlotte Museum’s founder, Miriam Saphira, will describe how this community-based museum was established and what was involved in setting it up. She will describe the search for a venue, compliance issues, funding, and how its collections are catalogued and conserved. Miriam will give sound advice on the practicalities of starting up a museum, making historical societies aware of the challenges they face as well as describing what the museum has achieved. 

Jenny Rankine, the museum's co-ordinator and a member of the Mount Albert Historical Society, will describe the differing attitudes to women who loved women in New Zealand since the early 1800s. For example, it is not commonly known that in the 1800s, openly loving relationships between women who lived together were accepted and sometimes widely praised.

The event starts at 2pm. There will be plenty of time for questions and discussion after both speakers, followed by nibbles and drinks. Entry is by koha. 

The Charlotte Museum is a museum of New Zealand lesbian history and culture. As well as being the only museum in Mt Albert, we believe it is the only lesbian museum in the world. The museum is tucked away in a small business estate in suburban Mt Albert, at Unit 7a, 43a Linwood Avenue, off St Lukes Road. It moved from its original site in Grey Lynn in November 2009 and opened again in February. Charlotte Museum is open to the public on Wednesdays from noon to 4pm, and Sundays from 1.30 to 4pm, and at other times by arrangement. It is run by the Charlotte Museum Trust and relies heavily on volunteer labour. 

The museum's displays include panels from past exhibitions and photographs from events, as well as a treasure trove of fascinating images, artifacts, memorabilia, posters, artwork and information. Museum staff and volunteers are knowledgeable members of the community who can expand on aspects of the exhibitions for members of the public who want more information. Volunteers are cataloguing the museum's significant collections of lesbian books, magazines, posters, records, coasters, and other ephemera. 

The museum's first exhibition, a survey of lesbian life in New Zealand from the 1800s, was followed by ones on sexuality and lesbian theatre. Volunteers are working on forthcoming exhibitions about lesbian music, lesbians in sport and lesbians at work. 

The local history event is part of a regular programme of public events at the museum. Events in 2010 included an Anzac Day talk and photos about the Pramazons, a lesbian feminist peace group that pushed prams from Whakatane around the East Cape to Gisborne in 1983, performing puppet shows, concerts and theatre about a nuclear-free and independent Pacific at local halls and marae every night. In May, the museum celebrated the centenary of the birth of Tuini Ngawai, a prolific Ngati Porou songwriter, composer, kapa haka teacher and champion shearer who had relationships only with women. In June and July, the museum hosted gay community events talking about the different experiences and perspectives of older and younger lesbians, gay men, takataapui and transgender people, and encouraging dialogue between the generations. Contact the museum on 021 112 6868 or email 


Monday, August 9, 2010

More boxes, brightening our streetscape

Once again, Bill and Barbara Ellis have very kindly given permission for their photos to appear on the blog. This time -- more control boxes.

This one, according to their email, is at the rear of the old Post Office building, Silverdale.

And this next one is in Hillary Square, Orewa. I love the NZ map and the fern on the sides!

Thanks again, Bill and Barbara!

Onehunga Train Station: work in progress

Guest spot photographs from my friends Bill and Barbara Ellis, showing the construction work in progress at the site for the new Onehunga Train Station. This is due to open on September 18, a day when I'll have to scamper across to Onehunga, take photos, then hot-foot it back to Avondale for the rest of the Avondale Heritage Photo Exhibition at St Jude's ... ah, the busy life of a history buff!

Thanks, Bill and Barbara!

Sunday, August 8, 2010

The shrubbery thieves of Titirangi

This, from the NZ Herald, 3 October 1928.

Residents of Tititrangi have suffered considerably at the hands of trespassers in search of shrubs and ferns.

The Auckland Automobile Association yesterday received a letterv from a property owner, who has been harrassed by the frequent visitations of motoring parties, who recognise no boundaries. The writer states that picnic parties often park their motor-cars across private gateways and then enter the properties to root up flowers and plants. Last Sunday some motorists camped at the writer's gate and then prowled in a private gully, removing primroses and daffodils. Their excuse was that they thought they were in wild bush, but the property owner considered the apology was weak, since the flowers were not native, and the presence of a camping whare hardly justified the assumption that the area was "no man's land."

The secretary of the Automobile Association, Mr G W Hutchison, stated there was justification for complaint. It was regrettable that some motorists could not consider the rights of property owners. Such abuses by the few restricted privileges for the great majority.

Street Stories 15: The History of Selcourt Road

Updated 19 April 2020.

Following is another guest post, this one from Arnold Turner, member of Mt Albert Historical Society.

Formerly called: SELWYN ROAD
At times also formerly called: Smith Street and Albert Road

In the early 1880s, Allan Kerr Taylor subdivided all of his land situated on the north-western side of New North Road, from Western Springs Road in the north to about where Wairere Avenue is now. The subdivision was into large lots of an acre or more each. In order to allow access to the interior lots in that part of his subdivision which lay between what are now St. Lukes Road and Wairere Avenue, he provided for a lane, about 33 feet wide, running from New North Road in almost a straight line to the railway line; and thence by an irregular route to what is now Asquith Avenue.

The subdivision was advertised for sale in 1882. As A  K Taylor sold lots in that subdivision, he gave the purchasers of lots fronting the lane the right-of-way over it. But he retained ownership of the lane.

Part of an 1890s map. The lane is not named. But on the map in an auctioneer’s advertisement dated November 1882 it is named ‘Selwyn Road’. Avondale Road was originally called ‘Old Whau Road, and is now called Asquith Avenue.

Lot 15 in the subdivision is situated on the south side of the lane, some distance in from New North Road. By Deed dated 19th September 1882, A K  Taylor sold Lot 15 to Rev. W S Potter, a Primitive Methodist Minster, for £220, and granted the purchaser a right-of-way over the lane. In the Deed the lane is named ‘Albert Road’. (On the map in the auctioneer’s advertisement that year it is named ‘Selwyn Road’). There must have been a building of some kind on Lot 15 at the time, because Rev Potter immediately raised a mortgage for £120 from the Auckland Savings Bank. By Deed dated 25th June 1883, Rev Potter sold Lot 15 to Joseph Charles Smith, a cabinetmaker, who paid £140 in cash and took over responsibility for the mortgage. By 1894, A K  Taylor had died. In that year, Sophia Louisa Taylor, his executrix, caused a survey to be done of some of the land on the northern side of the lane, and the plan was lodged in official records as No. 1271.

Shown on this 1894 plan is a substantial part of the lane created by the original subdivision, and it carries the name: “Selwyn Road”. The position of Mr. Smith’s house is also shown on the plan. The extension of the lane to (now) Asquith Avenue is not shown. LINZ records, crown copyright.

By 1907, Frederick William Monthey, settler, was the owner of Lots 25, 26 and 27 situated in the northwestern corner of the 1880s subdivision. His land had a small frontage to what was then called Avondale Road and a frontage to the lane. By Deed dated 22nd March 1907, Sophie Louisa Taylor made him the owner of Lots 16 and 17. (Price £60). Lots 16 and 17 had frontage to the lane, and lay between Monthey’s existing 3 lots and Mr. Smith’s land. The Deed also transferred to Mr  Monthey the freehold ownership of the lane, which was described in the Deed as: “now known as Smith Street and running from the New North Road to the Old Whau Road”. The transfer of the ownership of ‘Smith Street’ was made “subject nevertheless ..... to such rights of way as have been granted or otherwise created over the same”. I presume that Sophia conveyed title to the lane into Monthey’s name because Lots 16 and 17 were the last lots in the subdivision which remained in her ownership and so she needed to divest herself of the ownership of the lane.

On 17th July 1907, Mr. Monthey conveyed ownership of Lots 16 and 17 into the name of my grandmother, Maude Mary Turner. The price she paid to Mr Monthey was £150. The Deed also conveyed to my grandmother, ownership of the freehold of the lane, again “now known as Smith Street”, subject to the rights of way already created. 

My grandmother and grandfather had a house built on Lots 16 and 17, and the Turner family (father, mother and 8 sons) went into occupation of the house on 9th September 1909. My grandfather also had 3 glasshouses erected on that land. He grew grapes, tomatoes and cucumbers and experimented with growing strawberries and peaches under glass. (He had been a nurseryman in England before coming to New Zealand in 1885.) Perhaps the fact that the Meola Stream traversed the property was an attraction. At that time it was an open watercourse and it would have been a permanent source of water for his growing operations.

In October 1910, my grandmother applied to have the title to her property converted into a ‘Land Transfer’ one. To do that, she had to have her property surveyed, surrender her title Deeds, and supply the names and addresses of all adjoining owners and occupiers. Her survey plan (No. 6763) defined as her property both Lots 16 and 17 and the lane, but the lane was subject to “such Rights of way (as are) already granted or created over (it).” Her application drew objections from some neighbours claiming that Selwyn Road (alias Albert Road, alias Smith Street) was a public road. It also provoked a petition to the Borough Council, signed by two hundred people, asking that the Council take the necessary steps to have the road taken as a public road. 

In May 1911, my grandfather, Edward, had been elected unopposed as one of the 2 Councillors for B Ward of the new Mt. Albert Borough Council. (The other was John E. Astley.) A deputation in support of the petition was heard by the Council on 30th January 1912; wisely, my grandfather did not attend the meeting. The deputation received a sympathetic hearing. But subsequently the council received legal advice that it had no power to take Selwyn Road over, and the petitioners had to be informed accordingly. (There may also have been a technical difficulty in that Selwyn Road was only 33 feet wide.) An interesting letter was written to the District Land Registrar on 20th February 1912 by Mr F W Monthey. He was still the owner of the land on the north-western side of my grandmother’s land, though he had moved to Masterton. He complained that it had been reported to him that “Mr. Turner has 3 men and 2 drays carting all the soil off our end (of Selwyn Road) in front of my home and land.” An interesting insight into my grandfather! Presumably he believed that as his wife owned Selwyn Road he could take the soil away, provided that he did not interfere with people’s right of passage over it. 

In the meantime, on 24th June 1911, my grandmother had given birth to her 9th son, in the Selwyn Road house. (She was then 45 years old.) He was named George Selwyn, but was always called ‘Selwyn’.

One of the neighbours who objected to my grandmother being given a Land Transfer title to Selwyn Road was Thomas Kirkup. At the time he was in the process of subdividing a large block of land on the northern side of Selwyn Road and constructing what became Jesmond Terrace. His objection was satisfied by my grandmother signing a Deed in October 1913 which conferred on all of his land an express right of way over Selwyn Road. By the same Deed he agreed that Jesmond Terrace would be taken up to the boundary of Selwyn Road, thus preventing Jesmond Terrace becoming a cul-de-sac. (In that Deed Selwyn Road is referred to as “Albert Road ....formerly known as Selwyn Road and as Smith Street”. ) That cleared the way for her Land Transfer title to be issued in February 1914. It of course included the ownership of Selwyn Road “subject to such rights of way as have been granted or otherwise created over (it)”.

My grandfather died in the Selwyn Road house on 18th June 1918. He was 71. My grandmother sold the property (including the Selwyn Road) to Leslie Victor Nicholls on 10th November 1919 for £2000. Mr. Nicholls continued to operate the plant nursery and was there until his death late in 1953. His widow then owned the property until her death in 1961. [According to Leslie Nicholl's granddaughter, this land was a swamp, and was not used as a nursery. He leased ground off Asquith Ave from a Mr Harper as a market garden -- edited 19 April 2020].

In 1938 the Mt Albert Borough Council had changed the name of Selwyn Road to Selcourt Road. Dick Scott recorded that that was done as part of a big renaming programme following a post office appeal to avoid duplication. 

In May 1964 the Borough Council took the Nicholls property (including Selcourt Road) under the Public Works Act “for municipal buildings”. In due course what had been Lots 16 and 17 were cleared and they became part of the civic centre site. In 1965 the council had Selcourt Road surveyed, and by the survey it was widened slightly for virtually the whole of its length. The Mayor at that time was my uncle Frank Turner, Edward and Maude Turner’s 8th son, who had lived in the Selwyn Road house during his childhood. In January 1974 another Proclamation was issued; this time it ‘took’ Selcourt Road (as defined in the latest survey) for street and vested the street in the Council. 

In recent years, a sealed vehicle carriageway has been provided along Selcourt Road as far as Jesmond Terrace. From there a pedestrian walkway connects to Asquith Avenue.
Arnold R. Turner
July 2010

The Deeds and Title searches providing the history of the ownership of Selwyn Road have been provided for me by Lisa Truttman.

Turner family history has been provided mainly from my father’s unpublished memoirs. My father, Harold Raymond Turner (Ray), born in December 1898, was the 7th son of Edward and Maude.

From my father’s memoirs:
Our new, large house faced Jesmond Terrace when it was formed, but at that time only had a frontage to a small lane, Selwyn Road. It was worthy of a better setting, but it had several acres of ground where my father set two of my brothers to work erecting greenhouses.

Next to us was a small cottage named Tyndall Cottage, which stood amid lovely shrubs and trees. It was occupied by old Mr Smith, a man with a patriarchal beard, a hunchback wife, four daughters, and an elderly widower son from a former marriage. Three of the girls went off to work each day while the youngest one ran the house and waited cheerfully on her father. He went about from house to workshop wearing an apron, and when he couldn’t find something would call out “Ann–eee” in a deep voice, and she would come running to him. The family was very fond of flowers, and grew many ferns and flowers among the shrubs. They also kept a few doves, whose gentle cooing we could hear. Years after we learnt that old Mr. Smith was younger than father.

The Turner house in Selwyn Road.

Saturday, August 7, 2010

The great Christchurch coloured towel riot of 1944

World War II, together with rationing restrictions and reduced imports, caused some interesting incidents here on the homefront. This is just one of them.

Christchurch, this day.
A milling, surging mass of people besieged a large city store this morning in a frantic attempt to buy coloured towels. As the doors opened women were thrown to the ground, handbags, gloves and baskets were scattered in all directions, counters were mounted by anxious buyers, and some of the staff were driven to the back of the shop and had to mount a merchandise rack to escape from the mob.

The first people arrived at the store before 7 o’clock, and by 8 o’clock there was a queue about 100 yards long and about six deep. By 8.30 the number had doubled and people were still arriving in droves.

With the opening of the doors the crowd yelled and surged forward, blocking the opening. Then, as some freed themselves from the crush and rushed the Manchester department, others were hurled through the door by pushing crowds at the back. Some landed full length on the ground and one girl hurtled into the shop with the front of her clothing ripped open.

As soon as they could assistants again locked the doors, but by this time those already in the store had swarmed over the show cases and counters, and waving coupon books and money, were demanding towels.

Forced Over Counters

The pressure of those at the back was so great that the people in front were forced over the counters and were soon milling around among the assistants and cash registers.

Several fainted and had to be hauled up on to the merchandise racks, which stand about 6 feet 6 inches in height, at the back of the counters.

By 9.30 the position was completely out of hand and the police were summoned. The arrival of two constables was greeted by cheers from the crowd, and soon they also were down behind the counters trying to clear a space in which the assistants could work. By this time emergency tills had been installed at the top of the merchandise rack and towels were being sold from there.

Factories close by report that many of their employees failed to turn up and they believed they were out buying towels.

The manager of the store expressed his disgust that people should be forced to undergo such an ordeal to obtain essential articles.

(Auckland Star, 26 July 1944)

The Commissioner for Supply, Mr F R Picot, was quick to point the finger of blame at the storeowner, though, saying that the store “teaser” advertised the towels and over-did the promotion. Coloured towels were usually imported from Britain, but (of course) the war got in the way of that, so at that point, New Zealand was waiting for supplies from America – and these were slow in coming. (Auckland Star, 29 July 1944)

And that solution caused an uproar too. Anything coming from America, it was feared, would add to the country’s Lend-Lease war debt with the United States. Imported coloured towels, it was feared, might ruin the economy for years to come … (Auckland Star, 2 August 1944)

I stopped looking through the newspapers at that point. Hopefully the towels, and the economy, were all sorted out in the end.

The saga of Avondale's heritage signs

I don't think I've posted about these before. They were "completed" in 2007. I use quote marks, because the original Community Board funded project called for three signs, two in Avondale's shopping centre, and one at the cemetery on Rosebank Road, the George Maxwell Memorial. The latter was dropped off the list due to a mis-communication (it's back on, now, but pending completion), and of the others, they were reduced from 2 to one and a half. This one in Memorial Reserve is the "half".

Memorial Reserve was granted to Auckland City Council post World War II by the Presbyterian parish at St Ninians. Today, it is Avondale's main war memorial site, and where Anzac Day services are held.

The Avondale-Waterview Historical Society were involved with the project from 2003. Our members attended planning meetings free of charge. We provided historical information. Checked text, for free. Were consulted regarding placement.

When it came to the signs themselves, only the Community Board and the local business association received credit. The notation you see in the photo above was added belatedly, after I became rather emotive, shall we say, and made my feelings known through the AWHS newsletter and to Board members. It's a sticker on the original sign, and misses the "-al" in Historical, part of our official incorporated name. A similar sticker was applied to the larger almost identical sign at the Town Centre, by Dale the Spider, but that's now missing, so the sign there has no relation to AWHS at all. Although it was part of the same project we were involved with.

That, and the two signs were supposed to reflect back on the heritage walks brochure  and site plaques done at the same time, which AWHS pushed through. But, the design teams at Auckland City thought differently.  Over the course of four years. So, we now have small brass plaques, hard to see up against shops on the footpath, (we weren't told when they were being laid in place, just before one of the Heritage Festivals, so there was no chance of a media promotion) a couple of signs just talking in general about Avondale's past, and a brochure that probably few use. The design department at Auckland City is called Communications & Marketing. In terms of the Avondale Walks Project, in my opinion, it turned out to be not really all that successful in terms of communication, or marketing. Sorry, I'm still rather disheartened about the whole thing.

But, hey, at least they show folks what a whau tree looks like.

Beggers can't be choosers, I guess. At least there's something on the streetscape ...

Friday, August 6, 2010

Jean Batten's dad's surgery sign

You'll find this at the Birkenhead Historical Society's museum here in Auckland.  My friend and former President of the Society Ray Johanson casually pointed up at this shop sign placed above one of the cottage's exit signs one Sunday, and told me that this was from the Birkenhead dental surgery operated by Jean Batten's father, Frederick Harold Batten. He didn't have that great an impact on her life, so they say. He didn't approve of Jean's flying career, separated from his wife Ellen in 1920 (Jean lived with her mother from that point) and straight from serving in World War I Fred Batten set up practice in Birkenhead.  During the war, according to the Auckland War Memorial Museum's Cenotaph database, Batten served as a Captain with the 28th Reinforcements E Company, embarking 14 July 1917. His wife Ellen was living in Devonport at the time. He appears to have died in 1967, aged 88, going by a quick look at the online BDMs.

There are photos of him online, via the Auckland City Library's website (Heritage Images), but mainly his only claim to any immortality in the infornation banks of history is that he fathered a very famous daughter.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Timespanner's card

Today, I took delivery of a pile of business cards for the blogsite.

Readers may think it a bit odd, a barmy history nut like me ordering up business cards for Timespanner. A bit of a brag, perhaps. Well, possibly -- but the main reason is the trouble I've had for nearly two years now explaining to folks just how to access the blog. And because of Timespanner's main raisons d'être -- historical research and stories, photos of control boxes, art and murals along the way -- the need to be able to communicate to folks that Timespanner is one word and what the site URL is gets more and more frequent.

It has helped that Blogger is linked to Google, so putting Timespanner in Google will usually point you here, without much trouble, but -- folks keep think Timespanner is two words. Even when I say it isn't.

So -- the card. Which I think looks great, and was prepared by Words Incorporated at Blockhouse Bay, who also prepare periodicals I'm involved with such as the Avondale Historical Journal, NZ Legacy, Point Chevalier Times, and publications such as Point Chevalier Memories, Wairaka's Waters, The Zoo War, A Doctor in the Whau, They Trained Beside the River, and the St Ninian's of Avondale 150th anniversary booklet.

Brom there does great business cards.

An update: Just realised today the image is that of the Eagle (lower right), one of the Waitemata paddle steamers. It comes from my postcard collection.

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Heritage on billboards II

In October last year, I came across four heritage billboards at Henderson Train Station.

Now, there's four new ones. Click to enlarge the thumbnails.

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Sunday, August 1, 2010

Former Devonport Automatic Telephone Exchange building

I don't know enough about this, one of my favourite buildings on the North Shore. This may be the telephone exchange built in 1902, according to North Shore Library's "Local History Online". Archives New Zealand hold records of a major tender let for work on the Automatic Exchange in 1964, so there have been changes, but -- the façade is wonderfully detailed with the paintwork, and certainly looks Edwardian.

Update 26 October 2013: A site was obtained for an automatic telephone exchange at Devonport for £730 in 1917. (NZ Herald 12 October 1917) Tenders were called for in 1919 by G T Murray, district engineer, Public Works Office in Auckland (NZ Herald 4 August 1919).

Tenders for the erection of automatic telephone exchange buildings in brick, at Takapuna and at Devonport, are being called for by the Public Works Department. It will be some time, however, before the exchanges will be in operation, for the exchange buildings in the city (already erected) will be fitted out first by the Post and Telegraph Department. The Xakapuna, Devonport, and Onehunga exchanges will be satellite exchanges to the city exchanges. The site of the Takapuna exchange is in Earnoch Avenue, and the Devonport exchange is in Clarence Street.

Auckland Star 8 August 1919

£1800 was allowed in estimates to build the exchange (NZ Herald 24 October 1919) but there had been still nothing constructed at Clarence Street when, in 1922, new estimates allowed for £1500 for the building. (NZH 30 January 1922). By the following year, it was completed. So the building is younger than the references available via Local History Online have as listed. This is probably due to confusion between the building of the automatic exchange, and an earlier manual exchange attached to Devonport's Post Office from c.1906.

A sudden chance of mortality for life

This gravestone beside St Paul's Presbyterian Church on Albert Road in Devonport caught my eye because of the blankness of it. Philip Henry Ford was 16 when he tragically died, but the rest of his family are not here with him. The wording got to me too: "who suddenly chanced mortality for life."
Sad Accident.

Tins afternoon a painful feeling was created in town by the intelligence that a lad named Ford had shot himself at the North Shore. Phillip Ford, aged 16 years, son of Mr Ford, baker, Devenport, was going out to shoot about noon, accompanied by another lad named Green. They were proceeding towards Narrow Neck, when they started to run, in order to leap the fence which lay in their path; and in doing so he slipped and fell and the fowling piece which he carried being loaded, was accidentally discharged. The full charge of shot struck him on the head, near the ear, and inflicted a deadly wound. The lad Green at once gave the alarm and had his unfortunate companion carried home, but his injuries were so severe that he died almost immediately after removal. 

Waikato Times, 1 July 1884

This one, in the same area, is just sad. Inscription long gone, the stone obviously was broken at one point then reset. It's simply a testament to the weathering power of the elements when it comes to our memory, I guess. Fortunately Philip Ford's stone has withstood that test.

Momentos from World War II

CatB has very kindly given permission to share the following from a scrapbook in her collection. Click to enlarge.

The 67th AA Searchlight battery were headquartered at Hurstmere Road, Takapuna, according to Peter Cooke in Defending New Zealand (2000). 

The Defence Department had involvement with Rangitoto in the last century from the 1930s, but facilities there were intended not as armed defence batteries, but as guidance facilities, to assist the other batteries in aiming for the target. The "WARNING: The bearer understands the possibility of ricochet shots, and visits the island at his or her own risk" intrigues me. Were all visitors to the island put through these stringent measures?

Saturday, July 31, 2010

An old joke, at Devonport

Well, probably not all that old, compared with some of the stuff you'll find on this blog. But -- it's been around for a while. 

According to this site, these plaques have been around in America since the 1980s at least. You can buy them online still. Somehow, North Shore City have decided to keep this by the Devonport foreshore, beside the footpath leasding to the wharf. For what reason, I don't know at this stage. Perhaps a reader could shed some light on this. Are there any in Australia?

Takapuna ... the war memorial as art

Outside the civic offices and library at Takapuna is a very different type of war memorial.

This one commemorates the fallen from the district in both world wars, plus the Korean and Vietnam conflicts. Designed by Archoffice, who also planned the new Birkenhead Library, "to reflect the local seaside location ... as much a functional piece of Art as well as fulfilling the role of a War Memorial."

A feature is that four branches of past war efforts are recognised. The Navy ...

The Army ...

The Air Force ...

The Merchant Marine.

Not many memorials refer to the Merchant Marine in this country, so I understand. What I think of this? It is definitely art, and definitely a war memorial. Hopefully, the vandals in the future steer clear of it.

Mt. Victoria Cemetery, Devonport

Updated 30 November 2021.

I only wandered through part of this old cemetery yesterday afternoon. The steep hill and soft conditions put me off -- but perhaps in warmer weather, I'll head up to see what is at the edge of the rest of the reserve. For now, here are some of the images.

I did find Eruera Maihi Patuone's grave.

Twenty-two year old Henry Talbot, third officer of the ship Persian Empire, died on March 30 1890 while going to the rescue, along with two of his shipmates, of passengers on a pleasure boat which capsized in the Waitemata Harbour near their ship. Sadly, he was struck on the head by part of the wheel of a paddle steamer which came up to the spot at that time. His only relatives were two aunts in England (Christchurch Star, 31 March 1890).

His grave is in a bit of disarray, but the maritime anchor on his stone is still clear.

Thomas Duder also lies here.

Signalmaster and early local politician.

Captain Gladwyn  I R Wynyard.

In our obituary notices this morning, it is our painful task to record the name of Captain G. I. R. Wynyard, son of the late Major-General Robert Henry Wynyard, C.B., of the 58th Regiment, Commander of the Forces in New Zealand; first superintendent of the province of Auckland, and for some years officer administering the Government of this colony — a gentleman whose memory can never be recalled to the old colonists of this province, but with, sentiments of the most affectionate regret… All must feel a sense of sorrow at the untimely death, of the third and last but one of Colonel Wynyard's offspring. Captain Gladwyn Wynyard died at his late residence in Devonport, on Saturday, the 11th February, 1871, from jaundice, and an affection of the liver. He was born in Dublin on the 12th January 1831. He was appointed Page of Honour to the Queen Dowager (Adelaide) on the 27th January, 1844. He arrived in Sydney with his father and family, with a detachment of the 55th Regiment. At the close of that year he was gazetted as ensign in the 58th Regiment — August 15, 1848; lieutenant, March 15, 1850 ; adjutant, July 28, 1854 ; captain, December 18, 1857. He accompanied the regiment on its removal to England, in the 'Mary Ann,' Captain Ashby, in November, 1858. Afterwards he served in this rank as aide-de-camp and private secretary to the Lieutenant- Governor of the Cape of Good Hope, from September, 1859, to February, 1860, when he retired from the army to settle in New Zealand, where he was appointed to the commission of the peace. He was an affectionate son, husband, and brother, and a kindly-disposed friend and companion.
Southern Cross, 13 February 1871

Some of the graves here are still okay, some of the headstones either clear or at least decipherable -- but many aren't.

This one is unusual. At the top of the headstone is the "broken pillar", symbol for a life cut short. But Robert Hunt, whose stone this is, died aged 83.