Western Leader : November 23rd 2010
2 WESTERN LEADER, NOVEMBER 23, 2010 NEWS Office Ph 837 0340 Fax 837 1760 Editor Claire Haynes email: edwl@snl co nz Sales Manager Julie Cooper email: julie cooper@snl co nz Circulation Ph 525 2022 Fax 580 1648 email: delivery@snl co nz Classifieds Ph 525 2100 Fax 580 1643 email: firstname.lastname@example.org 66,735 Audited Circulation (ABC Jan-Dec '09.) Delivered each Tuesday*/Thursday/ Friday to Avondale, Blockhouse Bay, Glen Eden, Glendene, Green Bay, Harbour View, Henderson, Henderson Valley, Herald Island, Hobsonville, Kelston, Laingholm, Massey, Massey East, Massey North, New Lynn, Palm Heights, Ranui, Sunnyvale, Swanson, Te Atatu Peninsula, Te Atatu Sth, Titirangi, Waima, Waimanu Bay, Waitakere, Western Heights, Westgate, West Harbour, Whenuapai, Woodlands Park. *Every 4th Tuesday 'Waitakere Ranges Edition' includes: Huia, Little Huia, Cornwallis, Parau, Laingholm, Oratia, Scenic Drive, Carter Road, Waiatarua, Henderson Valley, Swanson North, Piha Rd, Henderson RD1 & 2, RD Redhills, RD Waitakere. 2 Waipareira Ave, Henderson. P.O. Box 21167. 2949824AC Call our friendly staff today about your child's needs 0-6 years 18, 20 & 25 Wolverton St Avondale Ph: 828 9083 Web Page: www.kiwicarepreschool.co.nz Email: email@example.com Sick of a kitchen that's not functional? that's not family friendly? that's not host friendly? It's time you were introduced to Dream Kitchens Order in November and have your brand new Kitchen by Christmas! 5 Brick St, Henderson P: 836 3848 F: 835 4759 E: firstname.lastname@example.org www.dreamkitchens.co.nz D r e a m D e s i g n D e l i v e r Wanted TRAVEL CONSULTANT Intermediate Part time - Mon, Wed, Fri Prefer Galileo trained Forward CV to email@example.com PO Box 84003, Westgate Mum and dad's devotion By MATTHEW GRAY Home made: The little tombstone belonging to wee Willie Brown is a testament to parental love -- or is it? There is little factual evi- dence to support the strange tale of William Thomas Brown s burial at Waikumete Cemetery. But anecdotal infor- mation -- no doubt embellished over the years by various storytel- lers, certainly adds to the mystique. William was the son of Emily (Emma) Elizabeth and Christopher Brown. He was born at Inver- cargill in 1881, six years after his parents mar- riage, and appears to have been the third child in a family of five. The Browns were liv- ing at Dignan St in Pon- sonby in 1888 when Wil- liam became desperately ill with tetanus. He died after just six days at the age of seven and was buried at Waikumete two days later. Aspects of the inter- ment have been the sub- ject of much speculation. Some say the Browns were struggling finan- cially and buried their boy under the cover of darkness to avoid paying cemetery fees. Others suggest Chris- topher, who was then employed as a brick- maker, designed and created a marker out of clay which he fired in a kiln at work. They say the grieving father made a return visit to Waikumete one night to place the head- stone on the grave. His deception was eventually uncovered and some of the concrete he d used to hold his handiwork in place was apparently ripped away by staff affronted by his efforts to bypass bur- eaucracy. Fortunately some com- passionate cemetery official intervened and decided to let things be. The little homemade memorial survived a couple of additional removal efforts in the years that followed and is now a tribute not only to William, but the mum and dad who were deter- mined to give him a decent sendoff. It is etched with the words Our Willie and bears the initial of his parents, C & E Brown , in the space usually reserved for monumental masons on surrounding tombstones. The Browns do not appear to have stayed in Auckland for too long after their loss and were definitely living in Dune- din around 1911 when Australian-born Emily died on February 8, 1911, aged 55. Some of William s siblings lived long lives and are buried in the same cemetery as their mother. Christopher does not lie among them -- when he died has yet to be established. Mayor of four weeks to speak Here s your chance to hear the new mayoral team speak after their first four weeks on the job. Len Brown and Penny Hulse will be at the Civic Centre in Henderson on November 30 from 4pm to 6.30pm, for the Com- munity Waitakere AGM. Labelled Four weeks into the future , the meeting aims to provide dialogue between com- munity and council. RSVP to louise@com munitywaitakere.org.nz for catering purposes for the event.
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