Saturday 8 June at 2 pm at Ferndale House. 

Hugh Dickey will speak on the growth of New Zealand towns, the subject of his recently published book of the same name. Open to the public. Gold coin donation.  

Review of a Recent Event

On Sunday 14 April Mary Inomata led a walk through the Shaw Estate in Sandringham.  There were 18 attendees with an age range of 9 - 97 years.  Three of the group had connections to the area - Pam Mayes (nee Shaw), Helen Pearce and Mary herself.  The walk began at Willow Shoes which in the 1950s was Spooners Butchery. Along the way we learned about the villa, the traditional and the transitional and houses of interest were pointed out and family anecdotes related (for detailed information refer to MAHS Newsletter no 7, July 2008).  1 Ethel Street was of particular interest; a 1865 farmhouse listed on the Mount Albert City Council's register of places of historical, architectural or community significance until 1989 when Auckland Council removed it from heritage protection.  In 2008 it was quite dilapidated but has since been lovingly restored and it was a pleasure to see.  At the end of the walk Mary was able to meet up with Mr Spooner, her former butcher, now well into his 90's.  He still lives in the same house.