Winter Lecture 2: Holy Trinity Cathedral Tour

The Bishop Selwyn Chapel, opened in 2016, has completed the Holy Trinity Cathedral complex in Parnell, and was the catalyst for the Civic Trust guided tour of the complex on Sunday, 2 September. We learnt about the history of the various elements that make up the cathedral complex, with the chancel...

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Winter Lecture 1: Hamurana Revisited

For over 20 years in the 1980s and 1990s 29 Princes St, known as Hamurana, was the home of Civic Trust Auckland. One of the five merchant houses still preserved on Princes St, backing on to Albert Park, Hamurana has an important place in the history of Civic Trust Auckland....

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2017AGM held at Ellen Melville Centre

On Sunday 12 November, Civic Trust held its 2017 AGM  in the Betty Wark Room at the recently reopened Ellen Melville Centre in Freyberg Place, Auckland Central. The refurbished Ellen Melville Centre, also known at the Pioneer Womens’ Hall, is now a vibrant community centre, with various spaces available for...

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2017 Heritage Festival Debate

As part of the Auckland Council Heritage Festival for 2017 Civic Trust organised a debate on the subject “There is adequate protection for heritage”.  Under MC  Hamish Keith, Civic Trust’s patron, seven speakers spoke eloquently mainly on the negative. The conclusion was that, although some positive things are happening in...

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Winter Lecture No 3: Huntly House, Grafton

At short notice, Civic Trust held a third Winter Lecture at Huntly House in Grafton last Sunday, 27 August, 2017. Huntly House, Category B listed with Auckland Council,  was built in 1875  for Captain James Stone, and is a magnificent example of the era of early concrete houses. Simon Dowd,...

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Winter Lecture 2: Donner House, Titirangi

Civic Trust’s second Winter Lecture was held in brilliant winter sunshine at the modernist Donner House in Titirangi, on Sunday 30 July 2017. Owner Paul Jenkins, an architect, has spent the best part of the last 20 years restoring and maintaining the 1940’s house that noted City Architect Tibor Donner...

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2016 AGM held at Modernist Hall

Civic Trust’s 2016 AGM was held on Sunday 20 November at the Old Folk’s Assocciation Hall in Newton. An attentive audience enjoyed the presentation by local historian Edward Bennett on modernist buildings in the Karangahape Rd area. Edward also presented copies of his recently published book commemorating 100 years of...

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