Brothers in Arms

From idyllic Devonport to the trenches of France, take in the wartime stories of Alban, Ernest and Gainor and Gainor’s brother-in-law Jack Parsons at this Takapuna Library exhibition.

With war records, notebooks, instruction manuals, sketches and commemorative quilts, three generations of the Jackson families pay tribute to these young servicemen.

At Takapuna Library, 9 The Strand.

Composite image supplied by the Jackson family.

Visitor Numbers up at Devonport Museum

Visitor numbers at the Devonport Museum have risen sharply this summer.

Although some of this may be down to the general increase in tourists, the museum revamp and subsequent publicity of the Choice TV’s programme Heritage Rescue has been the biggest driver.

People have been coming from all over Auckland and further afield to see the results of the total redesign of the museum.

The team from Heritage Rescue did a fantastic job of revitalising the displays and brightening the museum’s interior. This involved many hours of painting and shifting items in the collection to make a more cohesive and visitor-friendly museum. If you missed the on-air programmes featuring our museum you may view them on Choice-on-demand at www.choicetv.co.nz/#!/browse/tv/350/season/2/heritage-rescue. (programmes 7 and 8).

In response, the museum has been open longer hours over the summer (from 12 – 4 pm) thanks to those loyal volunteers who are on the roster*.

President of the Devonport Historical & Museum Society, Alistair Fletcher, together with Secretary Gail Griffin, have been busy on their latest project of creating a historical database of Devonport streets. At present they are documenting the movements, occupations and the history of families from the early 1900’s to late 1930’s in Allenby Avenue and Buchanan Street.

Says Alistair, “it really is like a huge jigsaw being pieced to together and it offers an invaluable insight with regards to occupations and social comment on the people who made up our community over those years.”

*Do contact Coralie (445 1900) if you or your friends could spare two hours every couple of months in the weekend to open the museum.

Morris Dancers Descend Upon Devonport

Of all the things to come across down on Windsor Reserve, Devonport.

Several dozen Morris Dancers put on an engaging spectacle for Devonport locals and tourists as they showed off their impressive capering skills on a balmy summer afternoon.

If you haven’t seen Morris Dancers in the flesh, see the video below for the next best thing.

This traditional English dance form, dating back around 500 years, is certainly quirky!
 

100 Years since Count Felix von Luckner escaped from Motuihe

On 13 December, 1917, the infamous Count Felix von Luckner interned on Motuihe Island, escaped on the Commandant’s Launch Pearl and headed for Coromandel. Three days later he managed to board and capture the scow Moa and head for the Kermadec Islands. To commemorate the centenary of his escape the Torpedo Bay Navy Museum has created an online digital exhibition of some of the artefacts that it has in its collection relating to von Luckner and his time in New Zealand.

Some of the objects are currently on display in the Museum, others are not, so this is a great opportunity to get a closer look at some interesting artefacts. Read more about the daring, yet gentlemanly raider Count Felix von Luckner and view the digital exhibition.

 

Devonstock Music Festival 2017 Showcases New Talent

Devonport locals and lucky visitors were treated to a rocking good afternoon in Windsor Reserve on Sunday 10th December.

Talented local youngsters including  several from Belmont Intermediate and Takapuna Grammar put a series of spectacular performances in which touches of vocal and instrumental genius were witnessed on occasion.

Threatening to drizzle a couple of times the balmy day stayed dry, and with food-stalls set up around the park, most people stayed all afternoon to hear the bands play out.

 

The festival is organised by local teenagers to showcase the music of young artists. This year’s lineup included the smooth, funky rhythms of Molly + The Chromatics, up and coming indie-rockers Dirty Pixels, the local hard hitters Slipstream, talented singer-songwriter FreyaTheo Sawyer’s dynamic and engaging acoustic pop, and youthful local rock combo Neon Flame.

Organised by Devonport Peninsula Trust and Devonport Youth Forum. Special thanks to Devonport-Takapuna Local Board, Depot Sound Recording Studio, Music Planet, and Phantom Billstickers for their support.

If you missed Glow@ArtWeek in Devonport, watch it here

Glow@Artweek Devonport, Auckland 2017
Devonport was treated to an exhibition of fabulous people-friendly light sculptures on October 13th and 14th, 2017.

The second year Unitec Bachelor of Architecture Studies students designed and prefabricated light pavilions in and around Windsor Park, Devonport Auckland, creating a light filled weekend. After a successful four years of designing, building and installing with zero budget and zero waste in Christchurch, in conjunction with FESTA (Festival of Transitional Architecture), the students are looking forward to designing for the third year running in their home town again and building on the success of Artweek Auckland 2016.

2017 Teams
Archisail, Cloud9, Enkindle, Embrace, Liquid Light, Plastic Ocean, Screenshot, Spectacle, Star Track, Willow & YTM

From the Peninsula – don’t miss this display of young talent

A stunning showcase of student artwork representing seven schools from the Devonport Peninsula is on display at the Lake House Arts Centre on Fred Thomas Drive

Lake House Arts put on a wonderful open day and launch party for the exhibition on Saturday 2nd. The galleries were packed with friends and families of exhibitors and local art lovers.  Takapuna Grammar School Principal Mary Nixon and Cabinet Minister Paul Goldsmith (with Science and Innovation, Tertiary Education portfolios) spoke proudly of the achievements by pupils and schools on the peninsula.

The schools represented are:

Takapuna Grammar
Belmont Primary School
Vauxhall Primary
Hauraki School
Wilson School
Bayswater School
Stanley Bay School

Be sure not to miss this truly visually arresting exhibition,  running until Sunday 24th September.

More info here

Devonport Museum Reopens after Major Revamp

The Devonport Museum in Cambria Reserve had a grand re-opening on Sunday 30th April after a whirlwind refresh that began just one week earlier.

In partnership with television series Heritage Rescue, museum volunteers and dedicated locals have been working hard (some even sleeping there overnight) to revitalise and expand the displays in the museum.
The Heritage Rescue film crew with host Brigid Gallagher (formally presenter of BBC’s Time Team) has been interviewing local community members to gather stories.

Heritage Rescue is a New Zealand-made television series about supporting community museums. They bring in museum and heritage professionals to give expert advice and revitalise displays.

Over 100 locals attended the re-opening and speakers included North Shore MP Maggie Barry, the Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage.

The Museum was given a blessing by senior members of local Ngati Whatua who encouraged visitors to reach out and touch the walls with their fingertips, “to place our energy back into the building.”

Immediately apparent upon walking into the museum was the absence of clutter that some might say used to be a central feature. New displays, better organisation of exhibits, a fresh paint-job and audio-visual additions make the Devonport Museum a must-see for all local residents and visitors.