The gig while still in use by the Stoney family.
The Silverdale & Districts Historical Society is a place to start any research into this region’s past.
The organisation was formed as Wainui Historical Society in 1968 and, as a result of council boundary changes, changed its name to Silverdale & Districts Historical Society in 2005. It still covers the entire region – from Stillwater to Waiwera, including Whangaparāoa Peninsula and Ōrewa, as well as Dairy Flat and Wainui.
It’s key focus was to preserve historical buildings, eight of which are on its site in Silverdale Street. The Methodist Chapel was the first relocated to the site, in 1969 and the most recent was the Upper Waiwera School in 2005.
Members of the society, which currently number around 120, look after basic maintenance and cleaning of the buildings, as well as caring for the gardens. The interiors of the buildings are kept in the character of their era and there is also a collection of crockery, clocks and other items from the past.
An extensive archive of photographs and records, from the days of the early settlers, is made available to anyone for research.
Last year the Stoney family donated a gig (horse drawn cart) that has been beautifully preserved. The Society will make this the focus for a transport display as part of the Auckland Heritage Festival in September/October.
The Silverdale & Districts Historical Society’s archives feature classic images of how modes of transport have changed through the ages. Photos, Silverdale & Districts Historical Society.