Newsletter – September 2019


For all those that have not seen our September 2019 newsletter, which has an aeronautical theme, the link to download it is below.

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Waiuku Museum Newsletter 19-09

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Photos to be Identified

Small Box 1 - Glass PlateRecently we have recently upload to ( some photos scanned from glass plate negatives that we have at the museum.  The people and places in these photos are not recorded anywhere.  This is one of the reasons we have uploaded them, so that if you recognise any people or places we would ask you kindly to let us know.  This will add to the information we have about Waiuku and its past residents.

Please take a look at the photos, you will need to scroll through them on the main screen.  Some of the photos have not scanned well, but hopefully we can still see the person or place.  The links to the photos are below:

A Brief History – S.T Rossiter Builder & Undertaker

In association with the Waiuku Business Association (WBA), Waiuku Museum is doing a series of brief histories about local businesses that were once in our community. The first was published in the Waiuku Wrap on the WBA website. Go and check it out and see what is happening in Waiuku.

So here is the brief history of the S.T Rossiter Builder & Undertaker.

Mr Samuel Thomas Rossiter set up business as a builder and undertaker in about 1890, in 1912 he advertised that he had over 20 years experience with building in Waiuku. He also made furniture and was an ironmonger.

The notable buildings that S.T Rossiter was involved with are Masonic building in Waiuku, where he was the designer and builder in 1900, the brick building in Queen Street owned by Mr Gribble, in 1917.

S.T Rossiter sold his building business to Messers Michie & Rowe in 1912. He retained his ironmongery and undertaking business.

In 1914, S.T Rossiter sold his ironmongers business to Mr. W.L Henton. After this S.T Rossiter moved to Mount Albert in Auckland.

Rossiter Builders & Undertakers - 1910


2020 Calendars – Further Reduced

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With the year ticking over at its usual pace.  The need for a calendar is reduced.  So why not look at 2020 calendar, not as a calendar, but as a recipe book containing thirteen vintage recipes, that have been tested in a modern home kitchen, that just happens to have a calendar in it as well.  The recipe book (2020 calendar) is $5.

If this sounds more like you, please contact us.

Waiuku Jingles

People have been writing to newspapers as long as they have existed, here two examples from 1912, that were published in the In this edition of the Pukekohe & Waiuku Times.  These jingles are specifically about Waiuku.  The “Critic”  has less then sporting reviews of this content.


(Time, 4.30 p.m.) 

Cows to the right of me, bulls to the left of me, 

How “can” I cross this street? 

Such is the wail of the lady from town, 

Whom we’d gone to the Weka to meet. 


Says the Critic: ” The last line had the most difficult job possible and only just managed to stagger into print.”



I stood on the bridge at Waiuku,

And I wished that the tide were higher, 

As I sniffed, and I gazed at that beautiful bridge 

And whistled my puppy Maria. 

“Come hither, come hither, my little doggie, 

And do not tremble so; 

You’ll not fall thro’, altho’ ’tis true 

Twas built many years ago. 

“Now come along, my little dog, 

Ard don’t explore those holes; 

For should you scratch another one

Il’d get hauled over the coals! 

“We’d better make tracks, Maria,” I said, 

“This bridge is none too strong”

For I saw a waggon, three men and a dog, 

And some bullocks come strolling along. 

Then boys and girls come out to play

They’ve promised to build a new one some day. 

Then farmers great and farmers small 

Can travel in Safety, one and all. 


Says the Critic: “The contribution is not within measurable distance of being even passable rhyme, but if it is necessary to emphasise the badness if the bridge, print it.”


Pukekohe & Waiuku Times, Pukekohe & Waiuku Times, Volume 1, Issue 42, 8 November 1912

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Women’s Recollections

Waiuku MuseumIn the September 2018 newsletter we ran a story with the recollections of two women from Waiuku.  Here is the article for you to enjoy.  If you liked this and would like to read other articles from Waiuku Museum, become a member.  Just click on the following link.  Application Form

Recollections from Women

As part of our Suffrage Edition Waiuku Museum would like to highlight the lives of women who have lived the Waiuku Districts area by sharing some of their recollections. 

The women featured are Mabel Cox nee Perry and Audrey Thomas nee Edwards.

Mabel Cox nee Perry

In the early days of settlement in Otaua and Maioro the ministers of each denomination would visit the families on the farms, travelling of course on horseback. The little [Otaua] Combined Church had not been built at the time so many children were baptised in the homes sometimes by ministers of different churches; such was the desire to have the baptism. Hence we still find families where one member is Methodist in an Anglican family. Marriages also were performed in the homes, as distance and roads to Waiuku was quite an undertaking. Apparently the clergy required good strong horses as the parish covered a large area.

I can remember as a very small child seeing my brothers & sisters being baptised round our large kitchen table, having been brought home from school by the Vicar for the event. For those who lived closer to Otaua where there were hall services & Sunday School.

After many meetings, fundraising etc. a small church was built at Otaua for the sum of $887 the section costing $81. The section is approx. ½ acre & still owned by the church. This was in 1910.

Since that time the church has been in constant use by the three denominations; Anglican, Presbyterian, and Methodist and was used for Sunday school by the Brethren for many years.

Audrey Thomas nee Edwards

I don’t remember which years I belonged to the W.W.S.A. but it was probably 1942 or 43 or 44.

I think we met on Saturdays at the ?Domain – the field near the George St School.

A captain (or was it a Sgt.) came from Papakura Military Camp to Instruct us. I think he wore an officers peaked cap.

We learnt all the manoeuvres of marching & how to salute. We learnt morse code & using semaphore flags so we could pass messages.

Aircraft recognition was important – there was much talk of a Japanese Invasion. I belonged to the Cycle Section because I had an old bicycle. I think I was supposed to rush news, such as “enemy aircraft over the coast” to the Home Guard. For “cycle” read “old push bike”. It had no gears or anything speedy, just two wheels & a back pedal brake.

I seem to remember that I was good at shooting. We practiced with .22 rifles & targets. Some 8 years later I won a rifle event solely on what I learnt at W.W.S.A.

I remember the Church Parade we had at the Waiuku Anglican Church one Sunday.

I think we had to attend St. John classes & get a First Aid certificate & carry a First Aid kit.

It was quite frightening to find my memory for this period of my life is so bad.

You can see Audrey’s uniform in the Military section at Waiuku Museum.

Digital Archive – Featured Item

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Waiuku museum has selected items from the collection and archive available online at

Today’s featured item from this digital archive is a household tips book.  It can be found at the link below:

Take a look at the other items that are also available.