Nor West News : April 26th 2012
www.nor-westnews.co.nz 6 NOR-WEST NEWS, APRIL 26, 2012 NEWS New suburb takes shape By STEPHEN FORBES The gates to Hobsonville Point are open and the first families have moved in.Thousands more are set to join them with the promise of 2500 new homes, two new schools, a retirement village and a ferry service to the city. The first completed homes on the former airbase went on the mar- ket last September. Fifty houses and 100 superlots, with space to build many houses, have sold so far. Hobsonville Land Company chief executive Chris Aiken plans to have more than 200 homes done by 2013 with 85 already under con- struction. Schools being built in the area and a planned ferry service to inner-city Auckland are major drawcards. Primary and secon- dary schools will be the first built in New Zea- land under public pri- vate partnership deals. Hobsonville Point Pri- mary School is expected to open early next year, the secondary school in 2014. Hobsonville Land Company spokesman Mark Fraser says: It will be attractive to young families because they will be able to live closer to where their kids are going to school -- and the children will be able to go to primary school and high school in the same area. Construction of a new $3.5 million ferry ter- minal and wharf was expected to be completed in February but setbacks involving the ownership of the land have pushed the date to October. Auckland Transport spokeswoman Sharon Hunter would not dis- cuss the details, citing commercial sensitivity. The ferry will tie in with new bus services connecting Hobsonville Point with Westgate and Albany. Hudson Bay Rd is being widened to allow buses and more traffic to access the terminal. There are also plans to redevelop part of the site to include a marine industry cluster for boat- builders with an adjoin- ing slipway. Upper Harbour Local Board chairman Brian Neeson hopes the land company won t increase housing density. At the moment I like what I see and it s set a good tone. Plans to unravel area's history Welcome residents, right: Visit the historic Hobsonville Church which is part of the district's rich history. Looking back, above: The original Hobsonville Church building. By RANI TIMOTI Travelling tales: James Sinton's horse and carriage meets the boat at Hobsonville Wharf to collect the mail in 1910. Times are a changing. There are plans to organise an open day for new Hobsonville residents to learn the history of the area. At its core is the input of the Hobsonville Church and Settlers Cemetery Preservation Society Incorporated. Member Laurel Nor- th says says it s a con- cern that people moving into the area are not aware of its rich history. We want people in the district to also feel an ownership of the church building which belongs to the com- munity. Laurel compiled the book Up The River for the Hobsonville Church building s 125th reded- ication ceremony in 2000. It featured settler stories, including her Boyd and Gunn ancestors. Laurel lives in Helensville and works on historical documents at Helensville Museum. Anyone interested in an open day and Hobsonville's history, can call secretary/ treasurer Steven Apps on 029 979 3161 or Bruce Anderson on 416 8856. HOBSONVILLE CHURCH HISTORY Hobsonville Church was built in 1875 by Rice Owen Clark, who donated the land. In 1875, infants Alice Lindsay and Oliver Coley and Clark's own 15-year-old son Charles George were the first burials in the Hobsonville church yard. The church building became the heart of the early community as the school was based there for 18 years and it became a meeting hall for events like concerts and magic lantern shows. In the 1880s the land was taken for roads and through opposition from Clark, Scott Rd was established across his property. Another road was built -- Wharf Rd, leading to Bruce's Wharf on the Waitemata River to the north. Inthe1890sa growing congregation led to an extension of the church building. It was placed in the hands of trustees made of the first settlers -- Joshua Carder, Joshua Ockleston, Thomas Scott, William Sinton and Rice Owen Clark II. Itwassetupasa Protestant church, administered by the Presbyterian church. In 1933 a proper plan was drawn up for the cemetery by Allan Ockleston, later prof- essor of engineering at Witwatersrand, South Africa. During World War II it was in the care of remaining trustee William Ockleston before being passed to the Presbyterian church and maintained by the Ockleston and Midgley descendants -- the latter giving a portion of their land to the churchyard to compensate for land lost to Scott Rd. Presbyterian services stopped in the 1960s and the property was used notably by Playcentre, Scouts and Guides. Inthemidtolate 1990s the title was restored to the Hobsonville Church and Settlers Cemetery Preservation Society Incorporated. In 2000, the church building was rededicated and refurbished for its 125-year celebration. Bruce Anderson was the chairman. The event was attended by many including strong supporter Sir Tom Clark, who developed Crown Lynn Pottery (later Ceramco). His great grandfather was Rice Owen Clark and his grandfather Rice Owen Clark II, a trustee. SNIPPETS OF HOBSONVILLE'S HISTORY It was the only district or place named after the first governor, William Hobson. Itwasoneofthe sites considered for the city of Auckland. It was bought by the Crown from Ngati Whatua in 1853 and sold off in 1854-1855 to Europeans. Rice Owen Clark bought Block 21 and became the first European settler. During the 1860s both Clark and Joshua Carder built potteries further up Limeburners Bay on Block 2. At least four other potteries were established- some briefly -- in Hobsonville at Limeburners or Scott's Pt. A later one was located on the Whenuapai side of Waiarohia Creek. The potteries brought many workers who settled and broke in the land while at the potteries. Gumdigging was another source of income. In the 1880s roads were surveyed and built. Previously all transport was by water and most settlers had boats. Stock movements across one another's land must have caused friction. Clark opened an early store but the Sinton family soon established a store, butchery and post office. James Sinton used to go by horse and cart to meet the boat from Auckland to collect mail, passengers and deliveries. 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