Reflecting upon the past few ‘not at all what we expected’ years: Cyclone Gabrielle, January - March flooding, White Island eruption, Anzac Day 2020 & Covid-19 Looking back on the recent Heritage Festival 2023: Wedding & the Ever After’s photo exhibition at Armanasco House. Images of members: Sheila Sekula, Angela Grace-Jones, Anne Bell & Eileen Rusden Leaving a legacy of local history. In August this year, Blockhouse Bay lost a local legend: Keith Rusden A quiet achiever whose creativity and knowledge enriched the lives of so many.
Sneak peek at a tiny part of what’s in store for you at the Heritage Festival 2023: Wedding & the Ever After’s photo exhibition at Armanasco House. WWII Wedding in the Bay article by Mavis Jones Marriage a little give and take - Central Leader article Jun 2008 Patience key to long union - Western Leader article Jun 2012 Wedding of Victor Armanasco & Edith O’Brien Click here to view the newsletter
In collaboration with the Blockhouse Bay Library, the Blockhouse Bay Historical Society presents a dual exhibition of wedding images, stories and memorabilia through time. Both venues are located in the Gittos Domain and we encourage everyone to view these complimentary exhibitions in tandem. There will be a wide variety of images across differing era’s, many sourced from the community as well as our extensive archives. Together, we celebrate the history of love in the Bay.
AGM nomination of two new committee members Alan Cole & Ian Printy Hopkins Triple Wedding 1914 photo The legacy of Roy (Tarby) Thompson - then and now Newspaper article 1973 entitled Darby does his ‘something good’. Fast forward 50 years Family Statement 19 June 2023 Roy ‘Tarby’ Thompson Click here to view the newsletter
Blockhouse Bay Surf Lifesaving Club In the late 1930s, a group of young Blockhouse Bay men formed the Blockhouse Bay Surf Lifesaving Club. They took their training very seriously and were coached by Barney Clews. During the week the club members would train at Blockhouse Bay beach doing exercises on the shore, and swimming across from Te Whau Point to the sandbank and back again. On Friday nights they caught a bus to Karekare, where they stayed in the clubhouse over the weekend and did their surf training, before travelling back to town on Sunday night.
Armanasco House – its family history Photo of the Armanasco Family in front of their house One part of our heritage which has been saved is the historic Armanasco homestead, across the other side of the Green. It was built in 1890 by Stefano Armanasco, an Italian who came to New Zealand in 1885 and bought several parcels of land in Blockhouse Bay. The site he chose for his home was on six acres bounded by Heaphy Street and Blockhouse Bay Road.