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Mt Albert local history

A Mt Albert local history timeline.


Mt Albert Grammar School, 1926. In 1999, Mt Albert Library celebrated the ‘Year of the Older Person’ and asked local folk to write about their recollections of early Mt Albert. The handwritten notes were collated and bound into a book, Memories of Mt Albert. These recollections give an insight as to what life was like in the ‘early days’ of Mt Albert.

In 2002 we asked for some further memories of Mt Albert and fourty four Mt Albert residents who lived in the area during the thirties, forties and fifties sent in their memoirs. These memoirs have been bound into Memories of Mt Albert – Book Two.

Visit our Heritage Images database to see images of Mt. Albert, Sandringham, Kingsland and other areas of Auckland.


Mt Albert local history timeline

PRE-1841

1820:

 

Samuel Marsden climbs Owairaka, escorted by Apihai Kawau.(In Old Mt Albert. p16)

1835:

 

Thomas Mitchell buys most of Auckland, including Mt Albert from Apihau Kawau (In Old Mt Albert. p16)

1841:

 

George Clarke bought 13,000 acres from the Ngatiwhatua which included Owairaka on behalf of the crown for 200 pounds, 4 horses, 30 blankets, 10 cloaks, 1 tent and a sealing box. (Alberton and its family)


 

 1841-1899

1841:

 

Deed of Sale (In Old Mt Albert, p17)

1842:

 

Mt Albert land advertised for public auction (In Old Mt Albert. p19)

1846:

 

Glenmore Lodge built 289 New North Road Kingsland. Thomas Cassidy bought 55 acres in 1844 (Scrapbook McGehan Collection - Mt Albert Library)

1853:

 

First Electoral Roll prepared for the Auckland. Provincial Council -Mt Albert pop. 200.  (In Old Mt Albert, p21)

1852:

 

Glenmore Lodge bought by Auckland Chief jailer George McElwain (Scrapbook McGehan Collection - Mt Albert Library)

1853:

 

First Church built. Wesleyan (In Old Mt Albert. p21)

1853:

 

St Lukes Anglican Church consecrated by Bishop Cowie (scrapbook p46 McGehan Collection - Mt Albert Library)

1853:

 

Cabbage Tree Swamp School opened by Presbytarian Church (In Old Mt Albert. p43)

1855:

 

James Gribble purchased land both sides of Sandringham Road for his 100 acre farm

1860:

 

Name of Sandringham changed from Cabbage Tree Swamp to Edendale

1861:

 

Edward Allen buys 99 acres of land to build Allendale (In Old Mt Albert. p27)

1862:

 

Edward Allen begins to build Allendale (In Old Mt Albert. p34)

1864:

 

Martha Kerr  Taylor (Allan Kerr Taylor's first wife) dies 20th February (scrapbook McGehan Colletion - Mt Albert Library)

1865:

 

Portion of Kerr Taylor estate known asn Morningside sold (Scrapbook McGehan collection, Mt Albert Library)

1866:

 

Local settlers meet in Edward Allen's home to set up local Highway Board (Index Auckland)

1867:

 

Local Government began at 5pm Tuesday January 8th. Thirteen settlers met in the Whau Road school room to strike the first rate and elect the first board of trustees.(In Old Mt Albert. p27)

1870:   Mt Albert Primary opened (In Old Mt Albert, p77)

1871:

 

First anniversary of Mt Albert Mutual Improvement Society. (scrapbook McGehan Collection. Mt Albert Library)

1872:

 

St Lukes Anglican Church built

1874:

 

St Lukes Vicarage built

1878:

 

Charles Stone's house built between 1860 -1878. Charles Stone reported to be the first Pakeha male born in Auckland (Index Auckland)

1886:

 

James Gribble dies in his Aroha Street home

1887:   Gladstone Road Primary opened (In Old Mt Albert, p77) 

1887:

 

Cabbage Tree Swamp name changed to Kingsland.

1890:

 

Sudden death of Allan Kerr Taylor of Alberton. (Scrapbook McGehan Collection Mt Albert Library)

1892:

 

Edward Allen dies (Index Auckland)

1897:


 

Kingsland Methodist Church officially opened (Index Auckland)

1897:

 

Bridgens & Company shoe manufacturers in Kingsland begin operating (one of Auckland's oldest shoe manufacturers), (Index Auckland)

1900-1925

1901:

 

Mary Ann Gribble dies

1903:

 

Eden District Cricket Club formed (Index Auckland)

1903:

 

Auckland Savings Bank gives Ratepayers Board sixteen thousand pounds at 4 and half percent for its water scheme

1903:

 

On 24 December 1903 three are killed and several injured in a tram accident at Kingsland, Auckland.(Index Auckland)

1906:   Volunteer fire brigade established (In Old Mt Albert p59)

1909:

 

Edendale School opened (Edendale School Golden Jubilee Brochure, McGehan Collection Mt Albert Library)

1910:

 

Eden Park begins as a sports ground

1910:

 

Connons Bakery opened (Index Auckland)

1911:   Mt Albert Road Board became Mt Albert Borough Council (In Old Mt Albert p60) 

1911:

 

Constitution of Mt Albert Borough formed

1911:

 

M.J.Coyle elected mayor (In Old Mt Albert p74)

1912-1913:

 

Mr Richard Collins opened a shop that closed about 1968. (Index Auckland)

1914:

 

Murdoch McLean elected mayor (In Old Mt Albert. p74)

1914:

 

Eden Park becomes official home of Auckland cricket

1914:

 

Eden Park is divided into two ovals

1914:

 

Rugby Union leases Eden Park

1917:

 

T.Clay elected mayor (In Old Mt Albert. p74)

1921:   Population of Mt Albert 11,000 (In Old Mt Albert p74)

1921:

 

The Theatre Royal, Kingsland, built in 1921 (Index Auckland)

1921:

 

A.F.Bennett elected mayor (In Old Mt Albert. p74)

1921:

 

First international rugby game between NZ and South Africa

1922:   Typhoid Epidemic strikes the district (In Old Mt Albert p66)
1922:   Mt Albert Grammar School opens (In Old Mt Albert, p77) 

1922:

 

Kowhai Intermediate opens.( McGehan Collection Mt Albert Library)

1923:

 

L.E.Rhodes elected mayor (In Old Mt Albert. p74)

1923:

 

Everetts Pharmacy established (Index Auckland)

1925:

 

L.E.Rhodes elected Mayor for second term (Scrapbook McGehan Collection. Mt Albert Library)

1925:

 

Rugby Union officially makes Eden Park its home

1926:

 

Brixton Road school opened (Edendale School Jubilee Brochure, McGehan Collection, Mt Albert Library)

1926:

 

Population of Mt Albert 17,000 (In Old Mt Albert p74)

1929:   Owairaka Primary opened (In Old Mt Albert, p77)

1929:

 

Sandringham was given it's name. Previously it was called Edendale and Cabbage Tree Swamp (In Old Mt Albert)

1929:

 

Mayfair Theatre opened (index Auckland)

1930:

 

Population reaches 20,000 (In Old Mt Albert. p74)

1930:

 

Richardson Road School opened. (Edendale School Jubilee Brochure McGehan Collection,Mt Albert Library)

1930:

 

Gribble and Hirst families donate land to Mt Albert Borough Council for a recreational park - Gribblehirst Park

1932:

 

Kingsland Gully was renamed Glen Osborne. A proposal to change Kingsland to Beverley Hills was rejected in 1932. (In Old Mt Albert)

1926-1989

1929:

 

Mayfair Theatre opens (Index Auckland)

1930:

 

400 Mt Albert ratepayers summonsed for failure to pay their rates.

1931:

 

W.F.Stilwell elected mayor (In Old Mt Albert. p49)

1930:

 

Government refuses Mt Albert a loan of 5,000 pounds to provide relief for the district's unemployed.

1933:

 

R.Ferner elected mayor (In Old Mt Albert. p49)

1936:

 

H.A.Anderson elected mayor (In Old Mt Albert. p49)

1938:   Street re-naming programme begins (In Old Mt Albert, p79) 

1947:

 

Council purchases Ferndale

1951:

 

Wesley Primary School opened. (Edendale School Jubilee Brochure, McGehan Collection, Mt Albert Library)

1953:

 

Eden Park Trust Board formed (Index Auckland)

1958:

 

Mildred Amy Kerr Taylor dies.24th March (Scrapbook McGehan Collection, Mt Albert Library)

1959:

 

Edendale School celebrates Golden Jubilee (McGehan Collection, Mt Albert Library)

1959:

 

Frank Turner elected mayor (In Old Mt Albert.p49)

1960:

 

Mt Albert Borough Golden Jubilee. 'In Old Mt Albert' by Dick Scott published to mark occasion

1966:

 

Sandringham Star ceases (Index Auckland)

1968:

 

Black Hall Sandringham damaged by fire (Index Auckland)

1968:

 

Francis Ryan elected mayor (In Old Mt Albert. p49)

1970:

 

Miss Muriel Kerr-Taylor has donated money to St. Luke's Anglican Church to a housing settlement for senior citizens, to be named after her parents. (Index Auckland)

1970:

 

108-year old Alberton House has been willed to the New Zealand Historic Places Trust by Miss Muriel Kerr-Taylor.

1975:   Mt Albert library opens (In Old Mt Albert, p 77)
1978:   Mt Albert Borough is granted city status (In Old Mt Albert, p 77) 

1979:

 

Edendale School officially opened after nearly 2 years of re-building (Information File, Mt Albert Library)

1981:

 

Helen Clark elected MP for Mt Albert

1990-2004

1997:

 

Bridgens Shoe factory closes. (Index Auckland)

1997:

 

Tip Top Bakery burns down (Index Auckland)

1997:

 

Kowhai Intermediate celebrates 75th anniversary

1997:

 

Part of Allan Kerr-Taylor's 4,000 hectare estate from 1867 is now for sale. (Index Auckland)

1998:

 

Bridgens Shoe factory one of Kingsland's oldest buildings almost destroyed (Index Auckland)

1998:

 

Shell of Stormonts Bakery sold for more than 2 million dollars to Dough Investments Ltd. (Index Auckland)

1998:

  Kura Kaupapa School opens in Haverstock Road Sandringham

1998:

 

Wesley Community Centre destroyed by fire (Index Auckland)

1998:

 

Warnock Watson, Headmaster Edendale School for 20 years dies aged 97 (Index Auckland)

2001:

 

Athletics legend Peter Snell was honoured as Old Boy of the Year and inducted into the Hall of Distinction by Mount Albert Grammar. (Index Auckland)

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