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Plumley House – Seamer House, 515 (195) Remuera Road, Remuera

Plumley House, later Seamer House, at 515 (195) Remuera Road, was built around 1910 and has had a chequered history.

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WW1 William Morton Ryburn (24058)

William attended Auckland Grammar School and Auckland University College in 1915. Whilst he was still a student, he enlisted on 8 February 1916

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WW1 John Thomson (Tom) Macky

During World War II, Tom was Chaplain Class II (Lieutenant-Colonel), in the New Zealand Chaplains’ Department with the New Zealand Military Forces.

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WW1 Matron Emily Edwina (Beattie) Ross (22/401)

On the 30 December 1916, Emily began service with the New Zealand Army Nursing Service (NZANS) as a Staff Nurse, with the 20th Reinforcements, New Zealand Expeditionary Force.  She was later promoted to a Matron.

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WW1 Eric Howard Perry (16044)

Eric Howard Perry was the youngest child of Catherine Anne Perry (Fisher) and the Reverend Edward Ovenden Perry, living at Brighton Road (now Bassett Road), Remuera.

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Dilapidated Condition of Remuera Railway Station

The condition of Remuera Railway Station is of serious concern. There is graffiti, and rust and rot are taking hold.

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11 Mount Hobson Lane

The villa at 11 Mount Hobson Lane has a history that requires further exploration. It may have been associated with the waterworks on Mount Hobson.

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Remuera Heritage Annual General Meeting 2020

6.30pm, Friday 24 July 2020, at Remuera Library.

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WWI Keith Logan Caldwell M.C., DFC (1122 WWI, 1075 WWII)

Keith had a Remuera childhood at Kings College and became the most successful New Zealand fighter pilot of the First World War, with 25 victories in aerial combat

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WW1 Young Brothers

Frank Gladstone Rameka Young (46423) and brother, Alec (Alexander) Percy Young (20902) were the sons of the Reverend Henry and Mary Ann Young of "Glenhaven" 52 Brighton (now Bassett) Road, Remuera.

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WW1 Brett Brothers

Brothers Leslie Henry Brett (4/230), Norman Kahioa (Kaharoa) Brett (44926), and Trevor Roland Brett (31588) served in World War I. In 1916, Brett Avenue in Takapuna was named to commemorate the Brett family.

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WW1 John (Jack) Fairburn Stone (4289, 13/148)

John (Jack) Fairburn Stone was born 31st July 1891 in Parnell, went to Parnell District School, then attended King’s College from 1906 to 1908.

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WW1 John William Stoodley (12/2124)

John William Stoodley was the only son of William John Stoodley and Theresa Mary Stoodley, who at the time of John’s enlistment were living in Brighton Road, (part of which was renamed Bassett Road).

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WW1 The Spencer Family

Lucy Charlotte Spencer (nee Nutter) and Percy Spencer, lived in Victoria Avenue, Remuera. There were six children, five brothers, three of whom served in the First World War.

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WW1 Fred and James Sims

Frederick Simms (28809) and younger brother James Eric Simms (38759) were both employed in the same occupation as chainmen prior to enlisting in 1916.

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The Ford House, 4 Garden Road

Reginald Ford designed and built this house at 4 Garden Road Remuera for himself in 1926. It is described as “a colonial neo-Georgian timber house”.

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WW1 The Rogers Brothers

All three sons of Walter and Sarah Rogers of Brighton Road, and latterly Middleton Road, fought in the First World War.

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WW1 The Ready Family

The Ready family, father and three sons, all served in the First World War. All four Ready men are remembered on the memorial at the Kaiapoi Methodist Church, near Christchurch.

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“Carriage” House, 78 Orakei Road, Remuera

It is highly unlikely that a carriage house, or any other house, was built on the 78 Orakei Road site in 1846. The current evidence suggests that the building may have been constructed c.1870.

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WW1 Ernest and Walter Pountney and family

Ernest Pountney (24050) and Walter Reginald Pountney (12/4073) both fought and lost their lives in World War I. Two of their nephews also fought.

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WW1 Albert Ernest Pratt (AIF 3099)

Lieutenant Albert Ernest Pratt is commemorated at VC Corner Australian Cemetery, Fromelles, after initially being mistakenly identified.

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WW1 Lieut. Richard Howard Gutteridge (British Army)

In September 1914 architect Richard Gutteridge enlisted in the British Army with the Artists’ Rifles Regiment as a signal instructor.

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WW1 Signaller Percy Bosomworth Henderson (26617)

After he graduating with a law degree, Percy Henderson enlisted for war service and received specialist training with the 18th Reinforcements Divisional Signallers.

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WW1 Corporal James Alexander Ross (13/194)

James was interested in military matters and when he was 18 he enlisted with the Rodney Mounted Rifles.

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