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Sat 26 Sept – Sun 11 Oct 2020

The popular annual Auckland Heritage Festival is back with a varied programme of events in Ponsonby that celebrate our rich history. It’s your chance to explore Ponsonby’s treasured heritage buildings and places with popular historians and tour guides who’ll transport you back in time with amazing stories of our past–and it’s free.

View and book all Ponsonby based Auckland Heritage Festival tours and talks below. Bookings are essential.

Tragedy at Ponsonby – The Postmaster Murder

Sensation at Ponsonby! Postmaster shot dead! Robbery the motive!
It has been 100 years since Ponsonby’s postmaster Augustus Braithwaite was murdered. Not only did the crime cause a sensation in Auckland and beyond, but history was made with cutting-edge technology used to convict the criminal.

Local historian André Taber takes you on this twilight walk to rediscover the events of that fateful evening. Learn about the ill-fated Augustus, his assailant, and the Ponsonby residents, both ordinary and official, who helped to solve the case. The walk starts and finishes at the old Ponsonby Post Office). It covers some steep uphill sections.

Tour Starting Point
Meet outside the old Ponsonby Post Office, 1–3 St Marys Road, Ponsonby
Tour Date
Sunday 11 October, 6:30 – 8:00pm
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Guided Heritage Walk of Ponsonby, with Edward Bennett

Join historian Edward Bennett as he leads you through the streets of Ponsonby, recounting some of the stories and secrets associated with the local people, places and architecture.

Walk Starting Point
Meet outside the old Ponsonby Post Office, 1–3 St Marys Road, Ponsonby
Walk Dates
Saturday 26 September: 10am – 12pm
Saturday 10 October:  10am – 12pm
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Sat 26 Sep, 10amSat 10 Oct, 10am

Allendale House Guided Tour – Cancelled

Salmond Reed Architect Peter Reed leads a guided tour of this magnificent villa and shares stories about the diverse people and cultures that once occupied it. Built in the early 1890s, today it is the home of Foundation North, the community trust for Auckland and Northland and remains a prominent landmark in Ponsonby Road.

Please Note This Tour Is Cancelled
By Allendale House to reduce any risk of Covid-19 spread.

Pasifika Guided Walk of Ponsonby, with Rev. Mua Strickson-Pua

Join Samoan street historian Rev. Mua Strickson-Pua for a stroll along Ponsonby Road and discover the Pacific urban history and stories of Ponsonby. There’s never a dull moment on this lively & fascinating guided walk.

Hear about Pacific urban migration, working-class neighbourhoods, dawn raids on overstayers, the Springbok Tour protest, Polynesian Panthers, feminists, gay lesbian fa’afafine communities of hope, Pacific urban church history, schools of education, sports of the working class to street theatre, and Sione’s Wedding (the movie).

Walk Starting Point
Meet inside Studio One Toi Tū , 1 Ponsonby Road, Ponsonby
Walk Date
Sunday 11 October, 11am – 1pm
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Ticket to the furthest place on Earth, with Edward Bennett

Hear stories and personal accounts of the early travellers who came to Tāmaki Makaurau, why they came, the vessels that carried them and the hazardous voyage they endured to make a new home in New Zealand. An illustrated talk presented by Edward Bennett.

Venue
Studio One Toi Tū, 1 Ponsonby Road, Ponsonby
Date
Wednesday 7 October, 6pm – 7pm
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Getting Around: A Lecture by Edward Bennett

A brief history of the way our ancestors got from A to B from 1840 to 1940.
Discover the stories about the earliest innovators of Auckland transport systems, and how they created infrastructure in 19th Century Colony and early 20th Century Dominion of New Zealand. An illustrated talk presented by Edward Bennett.

Venue
Studio One Toi Tū, 1 Ponsonby Road, Ponsonby
Date
Wednesday 7 October, 7:30pm – 8:30pm
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Victorian House Design and the stories they tell, with Edward Bennett

Discover how early architectural pioneers communicated their craft and culture through their building design. Find out how the material, structure, form and detail on a building reveal their stories from the past. An illustrated talk presented by architectural designer and historian Edward Bennett.

Venue
Studio One Toi Tū, 1 Ponsonby Road, Ponsonby
Date
Thursday 1 October, 6pm – 7pm
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Inside the Victorian Villa, with Edward Bennett

The interior of a Victorian villa is more than just a collection of objects. It’s a reflection of the people, their lifestyle, and their personality. Join Edward Bennett for a fascinating photo lecture and discover stories on the home décor trends and styles of the period and the people who inhabited the villas.

Venue
Studio One Toi Tū, 1 Ponsonby Road, Ponsonby
Date
Thursday 1 October, 7:30pm – 8:30pm
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Victorian Gardens with Edward Bennett

Discover the stories of our beautiful parks and gardens created in the Victorian era and how colonial styles are reflected in their design. An illustrated photo lecture presented by Edward Bennett.

Venue
Studio One Toi Tū, 1 Ponsonby Road, Ponsonby
Date
Tuesday 29 September, 6pm – 7pm
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20th-Century Gardens with Edward Bennett

Hear stories about the changing trends in garden design and landscaping, and the many different plants introduced by European settlers in the 20th Century. An illustrated photo lecture presented by Edward Bennett.

Venue
Studio One Toi Tū, 1 Ponsonby Road, Ponsonby
Date
Tuesday 29 September, 7:30pm – 8:30pm
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The Yanks are Coming, with Dr Brian McDonnell

Tens of thousands of US troops were stationed in and around Auckland during World War II. Hear stories about their impact on both the locals and the city’s built environment, and view previously unseen images about their time here. Presented by Dr Brian McDonnell.

Venue
Studio One Toi Tū, 1 Ponsonby Road, Ponsonby
Date
Tuesday 6 October, 6pm – 7:30pm
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Auckland’s Treasured Old Pubs, with Dr Brian McDonnell

It’s over 50 years since the legendary ‘6 o’clock swill’ ended for Auckland pub-goers. Discover the stories of our oldest pubs in the central city and inner suburbs – some notorious, some still standing, and others long gone. An illustrated talk presented by Brian McDonnell with a feast of architectural images.

Venue
Studio One Toi Tū, 1 Ponsonby Road, Ponsonby
Date
Thursday 8 October, 6pm – 7:30pm
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Bishop’s Palace Guided Tour – Cancelled

Discover the stories and people associated with the 1896 Bishop’s Palace- a Category 1 historic building, identified as a place of outstanding heritage significance. This imposing residence is one of the country’s largest buildings intact from the Victorian era and has served as the home of the Roman Catholic Bishop of Auckland for over 120 years.

Please Note This Tour Is Cancelled
By Bishop’s Palace to reduce any risk of Covid-19 spread.
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