Life Members

The Blockhouse Bay Historical Society has awarded Life Memberships to the following people in recognition of the outstanding contributions they have made to the Society.

William (Bill) Glen

Bill Glenn

Bill was Vice Chairman of the Society for several years, during which time he researched and recorded an extensively detailed record of the Blockhouse Bay Yacht and Motorboat Club. Not only did this cover the history of the Clubs formation, buildings etc., but also included personalities, boats, races and race results and many photos. This archive is known as The Glen Papers. Since then he has worked on the World War II Roll of Honour in the foyer of the Performing Arts Centre at Blockhouse Bay Primary School, and the Roll of Honour for World War I on display at Armanasco House. Bill wrote several articles for the local paper News Talk and, while continuing to research, contributes regularly to the Society's newsletter.

Keith Rusden

Keith Rusden

Keith was Chairman of the Society for eleven years, during which time the membership built to over 100 and the Society became an important part of the Blockhouse Bay community. His achievements include a very successful photographic display to mark the 145th anniversary of the building of the Blockhouse held in 2005, for which he wrote the booklet ‘Why "Blockhouse " Bay?’. He also researched and wrote the history ‘South Whau Blockhouse’ in 2012 and arranged for the mural on the village green. There are many projects with which he has been associated including the mural paintings in the village and the plaques marking sites of historical interest.

Eileen Rusden

Eileen Rusden

Eileen has worked with Keith on his projects, assisting with research and providing secretarial support, while still finding time to follow her own interest in old houses, researching deeds and where possible obtaining photos. She has interviewed many of the older residents, recording their memories and collecting photos and memorabilia for the archives. Several years ago Eileen became Secretary of the Society, running the administration side of the committee efficiently and smoothly. She is also working on computerising the archives and edits and contributes to the Society's newsletter.