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Dispatched

Demolition

Demolition

The sign on the (soon also to disappear) shed reads “Dispatch Office”. The entire brickworks (formerly Monier) is making way for much needed dwellings – 1800 of them; can only hope that the infrastructure will cope.

Demolition

Demolition

Demolition

Demolition

More Distress

Watch This Space

Watch This Space

In keeping with Alan of alonymous (“the more distressed the better”), here is what looks like a well-cultivated distressed look, undergoing a makeover. The canopy still identifies it as “The Time Machine”, but their Facebook page says farewell and thanks to customers from April 1.…

ANZAC Day — Gallipoli 100

Popy Wall --- Gallipoli 100

Popy Wall — Gallipoli 100

April 25 is Anzac Day, a day of commemoration in Australia and New Zealand. On this day in 1915, the Australia and New Zealand Army Corps (together with other troops) landed at Gallipoli (Turkey), the beginning of a disastrous campaign with huge loss of lives.…

How Convenient! #9

Durham Street West Meets Albert Street

Durham Street West Meets Albert Street

A wall of volcanic rock supports the elevated part of Albert Street, with a small convenience for men. Goes back to the 1880s, probably the oldest public loo in Auckland (but renovated).…

Joel by Joel

Grace Joel by Joel Schiff

Grace Joel by Joel Schiff

Last week we were privileged to be invited to a book launch: Joel Schiff presented his new book “Grace Joel – An Impressionist Portrait” to an audience of friends and interested people at the Grace Joel retirement village (named after the artist).…

Driving Wheels

Enduring Rust

Enduring Rust

At the top end of Wynyard Wharf one finds a giant axle connecting two giant cogwheels – eight tons apiece – relics from a steam dredge “Whakarire” where they transmitted the power to the bucket chain. The vessel was built in Scotland in 1903 for service in Wellington Harbour until 1934, and thereafter in Napier until 1974, at which time she was scrapped (in Auckland).…

God Defend …

God Defend New Zealand

God Defend New Zealand

This mural graces a house on Point Chevalier Road. It was created for and used in a 2011 TV documentary by David Ferrier on the history of the New Zealand National Anthem (“God Defend New Zealand” – which replaced “God Save the Queen” in 1972).…

Swan Arch

Swan Arch, Henderson

Swan Arch, Henderson

Near the Edmonton Road end of Central Park Drive, Henderson, there is a small reserve, some of it below road level: Swan Arch Reserve. A plaque gives the following story:

In 1898 solicitor Henry Charles Swan purchased land here.

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