Avenue, Takapuna is located on the seaward side of Hurstmere Road, immediately
opposite the former William John Hurst homestead “Hurstmere” which is at what
is now 288 Hurstmere Road.
road was part of the original 1843 subdivision of the Mahurangi Block. It formed
part of Lake Road, although it was
known as The Drive from about 1895 to around 1913. In 1914 the part of Lake
Road from The Strand
to Black Rock was re-named Hurstmere Road.
at the top of Hurstmere Road prior to the subdivision that formed Minnehaha
Avenue was owned by Ellen Stuart Thorne, wife of William Thorne of the City of
Auckland, solicitor (Certificate of
Title 74/194 dated 21 May 1895).
Avenue was dedicated about August 1912.
It is thought to have been named after one of a fleet of small coastal
schooners which regularly traded out of Auckland in the Nineteenth
Century. Minnehaha may also have been
the name of a horse owned by a resident of the area. However, its association
with the tragic
lover of American poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s 1855 poem The Song of Hiawatha
can not be
discounted. The name is said in the poem
to mean “laughing water”, although its more exact translation is “waterfall” or
property that eventually became 14 Minnehaha Avenue was transferred by Ellen
Stuart Thorne to Hannah Eliza Bennett on 23 January 1913 (Transfer no. 70907).
The Certificate of Title 203/56 dated 29
January 1913 for this property, Lot
25 of District Plan 7523, was in the name of Hannah Eliza Bennett, wife of
Charles John Bennett of Auckland.
October 1920 Hannah Eliza Bennett transferred the property to Percy Henry
Upton, General Manager for New Zealand of the South British Insurance Company
Limited (Transfer no. 134654).
April 1946 Percy Henry Upton transferred the property to his eldest daughter Eleanor
Florence Millett, wife of Edward Tracey Fletcher Millett of Auckland, insurance
clerk (Transfer no. 401216). They had
married on 3 November 1938.
March 1967 it was settled as a Joint Family Home under the Joint Family Homes
Act 1964 in Edward Tracey Fletcher Millett and Eleanor Florence Millett, his
wife (A207730). However, this was
cancelled and on 30 May 1968 the property reverted to Eleanor Florence Millett
November 1968 the property was transferred to Ted and Eleanor Millett’s
youngest son Richard Tracey Millett, shipping clerk (A313866). He married Creina
Mary Dentith on 3 May 1969.
November 1988 it was settled under the Joint Family Homes Act 1964 in Richard
Tracey Millett and Creina Mary Millett his wife (B.913594.1).
March 1996 the property was transferred to James Hendry Dowell of Auckland,
company director and Monica Richards Dowell his wife (C.968687.2).
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2001. 159 p.
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