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Volume 16 - Manuscripts and Research Notes
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Holder 16 contains manuscripts, research notes and correspondence gathered by J.T. Diamond between 1948-1968 about residents of the Western Districts of Auckland.
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16.1: Bound manuscript, titled 'Information obtained from people during visits or over the phone', collected by JTD between 1948-1978. Contains handwritten notes from conversations with people linked to JTD's research interests; Gill Wood, Don Moores, Alex Hepburn, George Barr, Jim Barker, Alfred Grundy, Ray Buscombe, Geoff Gilchrist, Warwick Smith, Camerson McLean, Mr Monk, Mr Atkinson, Mrs Greenway, Mr Jack Gow, Rolf Baxter, Ray Allen, E. Parr, George M. Fowlds, Reg Elcoat, Charlie Martin, Ken Barker, Emma L. Diamond (JTD's Mother).
16.11A: Typed notes from JTD's visit with Mr Beveridge of Titirangi, dated August 1956.
16.11B: Typed notes from JTD's visit with Alec Bishop, dated April 1956, where he discusses life in Titirangi in the early 1900's, including shopping trips into Kingsland for provisions by bullock and cart, interactions with Maori families living on the flat by Titirangi Beach, early housing and roads, and his school days.
16.11C: 'Some old identities', by J.C. Claridge (Jim). Contains information on local West Auckland identities as told by JC, with a foreword by JTD.
16.11D: Notes from meeting with Mr Ted Evans, typed by JTD. Dated 1966. Brief description of the Evans family life on West Coast Road from 1887.
16.11E: Typed notes from JTD's visit with Dora Judson of Waiatarua. Contains brief description of her memories of the Waitakere Ranges, her Father Fred Judson, and her connections to local people including Abel Lovatt of Hikurangi and Jimmy Sanders, a son of Dr. Sanders who had a farm near Anawhata Road. JTD also notes that Dora supplied him with 6 'fragments' of pre-1900 Waitemata County Council maps that he copied and used extensively for 15 years.
16.11F: Typed notes with information from Mr and Mrs Eyre, c. 1950. Recollections of living on West Coast Road in the early 1900's, Mrs Eyre walking to Glen Eden for supplies, walking or riding a horse out to Karekare, where she worked at Winchelsea House and cooked for men working the tramway. Also includes Mr Eyre's experience of working on the tramway,
16.11G: Notes typed by JTD from the recollections of Mr Jimmy McGillivray. Dated c.1952. Incudes description of living in New Lynn and Avondale around 1880 approximately, schooling, residential and hotel development along Great North Road, and transport. Describes two photographs; the view to the Whau Creek from the brickworks in Totara Avenue, and a view of the New Lynn Railway Station from the chimney at Gardner's Brickworks.
16.11H: Notes typed by JTD from the recollections of Gordon Sharp of Oratia. Dated 1953. includes brief notes of his job as a tanner, the Elliman's* accommodation house, Rayners Mill, Parr Homestead, and a tale of a meteorite that fell near the Kelly Bridge in 1903. Mentions John Vela as being the first Dalmatian to settle in Oratia. (*Notes in reference to Elliman Family suggest the correct spelling of the name is Eleman).
16.11I: Notes typed by JTD from a visit with Roy Riemenschneider of Huia, in 1965. Incudes description of remnants of the Karamatua sawmill existing on the property (water race and water wheel). Also includes discussion about three other former sawmill sites at Huia, Maori settlements, a possible flaxmill site, and the 1930's relief workers camp. Includes a sketch plan of Alf Hill's firewood tramway.
16.11J: Notes typed by JTD from a visit with Mr Wright, dated 1953. Incudes discussion of Mr Wright's father's tannery in Avondale, describes features on a map of the Whau Creek drawn in 1881. Dscribes transit of logs from the Waitakere Ranges to the Whau by Leyland O'Brien and the Kauri Timber Co., and others.
16.2: Bound typescript titled 'Early days in the Waitakere Ranges, 1864-1925', by John Neale Bethell (annotated on final page by JTD). Contains a 'record of early days of old settlers in the Waitakere Ranges back to the West Coast'. Includes description of arriving in Auckland from London to live in Newmarket, early school days, moving to Waitakere and learning about bush life, descriptions of roads and tracks, early cutting of Kauri for timber, flora and fauna, building a stockyard and starting a dairy farm, planting gardens and fruit trees, friendships with local Maori, gum-digging, house-building, cutting tracks, transport, employment, travel to Awhitu and Manukau Heads, marriage and family life, purchase of land at Te Henga, sheep and cattle farming, living in New Lynn, children's school days, Maori myths and legends, memories of Piha, Te Aroha and Karikari, the H.M.S. Orpheus, timber milling.
16.11K Handwritten letter by Norm Laing to JTD, dated July 1987, in which he thanks JTD for his talk on Big and Little Muddy Creek Districts, and describes details about the Footes houseboat, as noted in his father's diary, and Will Higham's house in Destruction Gully.
16.11L: Notes typed by JTD from a visit with Mrs Southgate of Glen Eden. Includes discussion about her early life in Glen Eden from 1885, the family home and land, the local midwife and doctor, the Cochrane's who owned the Post Office and store, "Daddy" McCaul the landowner who campaigned to open a school on West Coast Road, the Powderette factory and management of night soil, stories about Hiby Smyth and his bullock team, Bill Anderson - namesake of Long Bill's Landing, who owned a timber mill in Auckland, Don Buck, experiences with 'swaggers', trains, Maori settlements, picnics out at Piha.
16.11M: Copy of letter from Ian Atkinson to JTD containing list of notes taken during Ian's talk with George Kilgour.
16.3: Manuscript of lecture notes titled 'Crime in West Auckland', delivered to the West Auckland Historical Society by JTD on 20 February 1996. Contains reflections on how crime was perpetrated in pre-1950's days, with contextual references to 'bush justice', brewing of illicit alcohol (beer and moonshine stills), smuggling, the Waitakere Ranges serving as a refuge for wanted men during the Land Wars, the Great Barrier murder at Tryphena in 1886, 'baby-farming', and an insurance scam in Piha in 1939. Also contains the ballad JTD wrote about Bob Donelly's whiskey stills in the Waitakere Ranges.
16.4: Photocopied articles written by JTD published in the New Lynn News between March 1950 and August 1952. Subjects covered include early land deals, the Whau canal, the geology of New Lynn, New Lynn in Maori times, early Cornwallis history, New Lynn settlers, the mineral wealth of the Waitakere Ranges, the Manukau Harbour, and Don Buck.
16.5A: Photocopied editions of the Auckland Tramping Club newsletter 'Wanderlust', dated April and May 1938. 16.5B: Photocopied edition of the Auckland Tramping Club newsletter 'Wanderlust', dated October 1937, featuring JTD's article 'The Waitakere Ranges and their History'.
16.6: Edited copy of 'The Land of the Lost - Scenery', by J.T. Diamond. Contains information about the changing landscape of the Waitakere Ranges and the threat of residential development, and thoughts on the management of trees, shrubs and invasive grasses. Also includes the ballad 'Nostalgic Thoughts of a Veteran Tramper'. 16.6A, 16.6B: Copy of 'Prehistoric Sites in West Auckland', by JTD and Bruce Hayward, sent in response to a request from the West Auckland Historical Society for content for a proposed book.
16.7: Copy of 'The Poudrette Works at New Lynn with Associated Items on Night Soil Disposal', by J.T. Diamond (dated 1991). Discusses the location of the night soil yards by the railway in New Lynn, and the construction of the works buildings. Also includes memories of night soil collection in Morningside in the 1920's.
16.10A, 16.10B: manuscript of JTD's notes titled 'Canoe Trip on Whau River', dated 31 October, 1959.
16.10C: Clipping of newspaper article by Bruce Hayward, titled 'Southern sand pays a visit to Whatipu', about the costal changes at Whatipu.
Selected content from this collection was compiled by JTD in a bound volume. See ref: JTD-029-0110, or view the record via the attached link.
Available to view on request at the West Auckland Research Centre, Waitakere Central Library, Henderson. Not for loan.
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West Auckland Research Centre, Waitakere Central Library
J.T.Diamond Collection, ref: JTD-038-0016
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