Birkenhead Historical Society
July 2003 Newsletter
The Ranch House – further history by Barbara Doyle
Strawberries and things by Kaye Bland
Beach Haven Wharf by Bill Hilder
We have had a request for any colour film of War taken during World War II and up to the Vietnam War to be used in making a TV documentary. If you can help, please contact Colleen Durham (483-4001) for details.
There is a rumour circulating that one of our members has gone holidaying in Egypt. She has been warned not to linger in case she is retained as another Mumme!!!! Have a good holiday Marjorie.
We now have the computers operating in the Museum. Colleen has been very busy loading them up with photographs of the Birkenhead area. The collection is growing and it is well worth a visit to the Museum to see them. You can easily search on any topic using an easy to use program that has been especially developed for the Museum. If you have any photos which you would like included, contact Colleen (483-4001) and she will scan them into the computer and return the originals to you. Visitors from the Avondale Historical Society which visited the Museum this week were extremely impressed and would like to use the same system for displaying their own photographs.
On July 28th, we will again have an afternoon of your stories. We want to hear about events you have attended, things you have done, and what life was like in earlier times. We do not need to go back many years to find a different sort of life….. So get writing.
Saturday 8th March - Boat Cruise on the Kaipara Harbour – cost $20.
The bus leaves Verran’s Corner at 9:30am and the Museum at 10.00am.
This is a great trip. Information and pictures of the history of Helensville are on pages 3, 4 and 5. The boat fare is included in our price. Bring your lunch and drinks. We will be going on a 3 hour scenic, historical and nature cruise and view large stands of native bush and ancient Pa sites as we explore sites of early kauri mills and bush camps long gone.
Make your booking now with Glad Durham (483-7545).
Saturday 22nd March – "The Bird Lady" (Sylvia Durant) at Zion Hill Church – 2pm - $2 entry.
The "Bird Lady" is well known on the North Shore for her bird rescues and her care for the sick and injured birds in the area. Recently she has been in the news for caring for ducks from the Chelsea ponds. She is a speaker well worth hearing.
Saturday 12th April – Warkworth and District Museum
The bus leaves Verran’s Corner at 9:30am and the Museum at 10.00am - $25.
Entry to the Museum is included. Bring your lunch and drinks. This country museum is set in a kauri wonderland. The magnificent kauri trees dominate the native forest park adjacent to the museum. Revisit the past through the re-created General Store, carpenter and bookmaker’s shops; the kitchen, the wash-house; the bedroom and the parlour all showing memorabilia from yesteryear. Throughout the museum are displays of clothing dating from 1890 to the 1950s.
Saturday 17th May – Annual General Meeting
Presbyterian Church Hall – Hinemoa Street – 2pm. Keep this date free.
David Verran will be speaking at the meeting about the recent research that he has done on the Maori settlements on the North Shore. He is always worth hearing. Come along and find out what you can do to help organize our programme and assist with the Museum. We have a monthly committee meeting and always welcome new members.