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Heritage grant helps Minniesdale House

Published: 13 June 2018
Minniesdale House. Copyright: Heritage New Zealand.

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Minniesdale House welcomes heritage grant.

Minniesdale House has been awarded funding to help protect its future.

A category B historic place, Minniesdale House will get $15,000 to help replace its roof and increase weather tightness.

Auckland Council’s Planning Committee approved $82,000 in funding from the 2017-18 Regional Historic Heritage Grants Programme.

Chair Chris Darby said eight of 25 applications were approved.

“The grants programme encourages Aucklanders to be more involved in the care of heritage sites and places. The successful projects include some of Auckland’s iconic heritage buildings.”

Rodney Ward Councillor Greg Sayers is very pleased that the grant will ensure the long-term survival of the historic Minniesdale House.

“This house dates back to 1868, to our pioneer history, and is a tribute to the adventurous families who helped settle and develop the Albertland District.

“It’s wonderful that because of this grant, a remarkable Wharehine building will remain standing as a proud landmark for future generations.”

Minniesdale House was built for Edwin Stanley Brookes Senior and his wife Jemima. Edwin was a Nottingham lace and hosiery maker and very involved with recruiting emigrants for the Albertland Special Settlement Scheme. He later became a reverend and conducted services at the nearby Minniesdale Chapel.

Other projects to receive funding are:

  • The former John Courts Department Store (Whitcoulls) building, Queen Street – $6800 to repair and re-install the clock
  • Espano Flats, Newton – $10,600 funding towards a conservation plan to guide ongoing conservation work
  • Christ Church, Ellerslie – $20,000 to restore and maintain the stained glass windows
  • Former Onehunga Post Office – $10,000 towards completion of a structural upgrade
  • Selwyn Anglican Church, Mangere – $4000 towards revising the conservation plan
  • 19 King Edward St, Mt Eden – $5600 for mortar reinstatement and repair of mortar joints
  • William Granger's Brick House, Whitford – $10,000 to replace the roof.