Puketepapa Heritage Exhibition
The images on display here provide a flavour of the rich and often quirky history of Puketapapa/Mt Roskill.The area had significant clusters of Maori settlement, particularly around Puketapapa (Mt Roskill) and Te Tatua-o-Riukiuta (Three Kings). European settlement commenced in the mid Nineteenth Century with large parts of Puketapapa passing into crown ownership from 1841. Later, a number of very large parcels of land passed into the hands of various wealthy individuals and institutions.
A number of significant buildings constructed on the “estates” of these landowners feature in this exhibition. Also look out for images of the heritage listed Ranfurly War Veteran’s Home. Constructed for veterans of the Crimean War it still stands proudly today.
The Puketapapa Local Board has organised and funded this exhibition with the kind assistance of the Sir George Grey Special Collection, and the TSB Bank Wallace Arts Centre in order to help generate interest in the heritage of our community. After the exhibition the images will be displayed at civic buildings around Puketapapa.
To compliment this exhibition, the Auckland City Council publication Not Just Passing Through: The Making of Mt Roskill by Jane Reidy is available by a donation of $15 – $25 from reception at the Pah Homestead/TSB Bank Wallace Arts Centre. This is a 74 page colour publication that includes many more photographs and writing that describes the history of the Mt Roskill area.