History by Peter Buffett; Peter Buffett


History by Peter Buffett

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Over 300 articles on West Auckland history, written for publication in local newspaper column, most published between 1985-1991.
100 year old business Astley tannery at New Lynn
50 years of tennis on Titirangi courts
60 years of leisure at Redwood Park
A changed Henderson
A day at the races
A farmer's life in 1908
A fight to the end
A fitting memorial
A good investment
A man with a belief in New Zealand ingenuity
A Manukau veteran
A nostalgic look at Christmases past
A not so gentle era
A remarkable man
A story of change
Accident at Muriwai
Airman's memorial
Albums of history
All aboard for Waitakere
An elusive ghost
An English farmer’s view of his neighbours
Anniversary pageant brings back memories
Auckland heads west with need for water
Avondale Jockey Club
Avondale’s mystery princess
Axe wielding digger downed dead drunk
Baby boomers got college under way
Back through the West
Best places to research
Billy Murphy – world champion
Blockhouse Bay in 30s
Boat tragedy claims family
Boats once served the West
Bogus Airfield
Books reveal west's past
Briar Gardner - a remarkable woman
Bridge across the Whau
Bridging the waterways
Burnt out bach at Piha
Bus man Bob was larger than life
Bush shanties warm and dry
Buying a farm in Te Atatu
By-laws by the ton
Caps on Wednesday for weekly parade
Captain Theet - a colourful identity
Change from rural to bustling suburb
Change in jobs secret to 100 years of success
Changing face of the West
Christmas Day shipwreck
Church a witness to 90 years of change
Clay underlying basis of west's ceramic industry
Clayworks provide firm family business
Colourful background to 90
Commuting by boat
Conservation not a new idea for the Waitakeres
Convict history carved on tombstones
Corban’s depot recalls days of prohibition
Cornwallis settlers were conned
Crewman's final flight
Crown Lynn part of our heritage
Dam building
Dam construction ambitious project
Dams solve transport problem
Descriptive diary
Desperate depression days
Digging for gum
Doctor Pollen
Double Manukau shipwreck averted
Down in the valley
Dramatic mid-air collision recalled
Early Manukau missionaries leave no trace
Early road accidents
Early settlers' festive fare
Early settlers relied on smaller vessels
Early state land schemes
Early teacher
Early wings at Hobsonville
Earning the weekly crust
Earthquake activity
Effectiveness of ratepayers groups
Elegant living in old homestead
Exhibition Drive
Falls Hotel
Family puts down roots in raw ranges
Fascinating history of harbour
Father Battersby's bell
Fire-prone picture houses
First major flights began in the West
First West farms
First with the local news
Flying fortress mystery
Flying From Muriwai
Follow the Gt North Rd
Fowl business in Lynfield
Fresh fruit reason to live in the West
From clay to concrete highway
From farms to factories
From fine family home to elegant restaurant
From pictures to plays
Garden his monument
Glen Eden's methodist church
Glen Eden's most significant building
Glendene's green pastures
Glenora Scores
Gum diggers shaped Swanson
Hall celebrates 90 years
Harbour demands respect
Hard times at Huapai
Hard, unremitting work
Heavy load for early bus drivers
Helensville ground of ill-omen
Henderson - energetic entrepreneur
Henderson's hermit
Henderson's hermit yachtsman
Herald - island of many names
Heyday of Henderson's waterways
High noon at Onehunga as Ironman loses control
Historic home makes way for townhouses
Holiday at the races
Holy Cross School
Home Guard
Honourable hat trick
Horticulture a family tradition
Host club formed in 1926
How Glen Eden grew up
How the west was won
How the West was named
Importance of papers
In good heart
Intriguing history to house
John Bollard left his mark
Joyriding at Muriwai
Kaipara forgotten port
Kaipara shipwrecks`
Karekare celebrates a rescue
Kauri ‘cathedrals’ destroyed
Kauri gum
Kauri milling
Kiln restored
Kith, kiln and clay
Kosy night out
Laid to rest in the west
Last picture show at early theatre
Last shoot out at the Delta
Last substantial milling
Late for their own funerals
Leader victor in paper wars
Library wants historic photographs
Little respite in winter
Long history in West Auckland
Long hours poor wages
Looking back 100 years
Lopdell House has entertaining past
Loss of rare man
Lurid crime in Waikomiti
Maid of all work on the Manukau
Makaka - Gully of Destruction
Man with a mission
Man's huge impact on West's environment
Manuka and flax helped growth
Memories of Glen Eden
Mishaps and mayhem
Muddy creeks
Muriwai claims many
Museums recall West history
Music Makers of Henderson
Names tell the tales
Necessity was the mother of the Whenuapai Bus Co
Negotiator comes to untimely end
Never a dull moment
New Lynn mayor helped shape West
New Lynn’s town board
Newspaper mirrors life
Nihotopu Dam
Not just a place of refuge
Not just a stretch of mud
Old Grey Mare still stands
Old hotel on the market
Only a generation ago
Open all hours
Optimism about early New Lynn
Paorae - land eaten by sea
Past politics
Peninsula changes
Personal records give good historical insights
Photographers capture early Waitakeres
Photos preserve history
Photos relive 'good old days'
Picnics and plum pudding
Piha's troubled tramway
Pioneer tourists
Politics of past
Politics Simpler A Century Ago
Pollen Island named after Irish doctor
Pomaria site of rural revolution
Port thing of past
Portuguese had a tough law
Post office finally comes full circle
Private Graham no longer a mystery
Putting the West on the map
Racing for Gold at Avondale
Racing towards a century
Records of school
Remember Saturday nights at the movies
Reminders of a desperate race
Rescue at Piha
Rev Hamilton is missing
Riverhead Gold
Riverhead to Helensville
Riverhead's flour mill
Riverhead's paper mill
Road name has explosive origin
Rose Hellaby House
Rough deal on the Manukau
Rugged rails to Whatipu
Rumours of gold
Sad day for Titirangi
Salvation for abused land
Scenic Drive – a natural viewing point
School's out
Sea captain of the West coast
Settler family's work helps create district
Ship needs more than star
Ships built on Manukau for 500 years
Sixty years of power supply
Small gentle valley
Soul saver sole survivor
Spending the rates 90 years ago
Sport of kings
Sports Club has proud tradition
Storm of '58 washed West
Streams provided West's energy: Water-power; Manufacturing industry; Pirrit.
Suburb undergoes many alterations
Surf fighters battle on at Piha
Survival at Muriwai
Swanson a bushman with a conscience
Swanson has history of timber
Take it out Rayner
Tanning at Blockhouse Bay
Te Atatu - where the morning dawns
Te Awaroa's first magistrate
Te Henga - Bethells Beach
Temple-like building was main transmission site
Temporary measure last 18 years
The airforce's golden wings
The Avondale aeroplane
The beginnings of Manukau Harbour
The Colwill family of Massey
The darker side of history
The days that the snow fell
The first Avondale hotel
The lord who lost his head
The Manukau - Waitemata Canal
The Muriwai connection
The naming of the town of Helensville
The night Helensville burned
The only pub for miles
The Pauling family
The season of Christmas Past
The suburb of Blockhouse Bay
The summer of fire
The unforgiving sea
The way we were
Time to recall our collective history
Timeless season
Titirangi School
Titirangi's butterfly man
Tragic events recalled by sombre stone
Trains collide in New Lynn fog
Trains to the West
Transients lent touch of infamy
Transport of bygone era
Trust today similar to 1940 effort
Tui Glen early tourist centre
University's long association with the West
Up and away
Volunteer fire fighters
Waikumete Cemetery
Waitakere bush not primeval
Waitakere Post Office from start to closure
Waitakere...four into one
Waitakeres are still inspirational
Waitakere's long time place of recreation
Waitemata Rugby Club steeped in history
War, at home and abroad
Water, water, everywhere
West Auckland way back when
West Auckland's oldest church
West Auckland's oldest house
West gets the point
West's early bridges
West's historic trees
Whale hunts boosted Norfolk boat skills
When shopping meant service
Where have all the picnics gone
Where to find the best of the past
Women of the West
Women's work
Woodhill pines defeat dunes
Wreck of the Albany
Wreck of the Helena
Wreck of the Union


Peter Buffett


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