North Shore Times : January 3rd 2013
www.northshoretimes.co.nz 8 NORTH SHORE TIMES, JANUARY 3, 2013 NEWS "A HIGHWAY OF HITS, SOARING HARMONIES AND BRILLIANTLY CRAFTED SONGS." FRESH... FAMILIAR... TIMELESS! Their ONLY Auckland show! ASCENSION WINE ESTATE, MATAKANA Tue Feb 5th (night before Waitangi Day) • Gates open 5.30pm Tickets and info at www.AscensionWine.co.nz/comingevents 5038759AB CENSOR'S CLASSIFICATIONS UNRESTRICTED FILMS: RESTRICTED FILMS: G PG Approved for General Exhibition Parental Guidance recommended for younger viewers M Suitable for mature audiences 16 years & over RP (AGE) Restricted to persons over the specified age unless accompanied by parent/guardian e.g. RP13, RP16 R (AGE) Restricted to person over specified age e.g. R13, R15, R16, R18 CINEMAS MAY REQUEST PROOF OF AGE ID FOR RESTRICTED FILMS WINNER! FLICKS 2012 - Best Independent Cinema AIDA 2012 - Best NZ Cinema 122 Queen Street Northcote Point Ph 4810040 LES MISERABLES Opens January 10th For session times visit www.bridgeway.co.nz LIFE OF PI QUARTET Screening Now at Bridgeway "A pitch-perfect comedy" - Reuters "A charming tale" - The Hollywood Reporter Memories of old Albany Dawn Evans grew up in Albany Village in the 1940s and 1950s and has written a book about her experiences called My Roots, My Place, My Albany. Jess Etheridge talked to her. At home: Dawn Evans of Stillwater has written a book about her early life in Albany. Photo: JESS ETHERIDGE Old style: Owen Lee, who once taught at Takapuna Grammar School, painted this view of Oteha Valley Rd, known as Valley Rd in 1971. Family ties: Hooton House was home to the family the reserve is named after. Its site is opposite the present-day Albany Motel. Historic home: Phillips Cottage was on a section of land now opposite the Albany Toyota car yard. VILLAGE LIFE Bush walks, studying trees and wildlife and exploring old Albany in the 1940s are some of Dawn Evans' most treasured memories. Mrs Evans, nee Atkinson, moved into the township in 1943 at age 7 and was taken by the beauty and natural elements in the region. The Atkinson family owned a large section of land which stretched through Gills Res- erve across Lucas Creek to Gills Rd. Many features kept Mrs Evans occupied, including a waterfall which the North Shore Times interviewed her about in the early 2000s. Albany had only a general store, post office, library, community hall, hotel and a two-room school, she says. But it was enough to keep the family going and to enter- tain her and her friends. Several well-known famil- ies lived in the area at the time, she says, including the Hootons and the Phillips. The Phillips' cottage is now a historic homestead which was relocated from its section and a real estate agency now sits in its place, Mrs Evans says. The house was opposite what is now the Albany Toyota car yard, which is also the section of land Mrs Evans' family used to own. Oteha Valley Rd was known just as Valley Rd until the 1970s and was sur- rounded by farms and barns, according to a painting by for- mer Takapuna Grammar School teacher Owen Lee. Community events were very popular, including the annual AMP show, she says. Prized stock was shown by local farmers and Mrs Evans remembers the sweet pickles and jams which were sold at the event. The Albany hotel opposite Paremoremo Rd went under a different name -- the Wayside Inn -- in the 1940s, she says. Mrs Evans is now 76. She lives in Stillwater near Silverdale, has put her know- ledge and anecdotes into a new book about the area. My Roots, My Place, My Albany details Mrs Evans' experiences on her family's plot and Albany's history. For more information or to purchase the book email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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