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The Mt Eden History Project 

It's arrived !

The new History of Mt Eden is published by the Epsom & Eden District Historical Society and follows on from the successful History of Epsom edited by Graham Bush which was published by the society in 2006. Two histories of the area have been written previously, one in 1956, celebrating the golden jubilee of the borough, Mount Eden’s First One Hundred Years by E C Franklin and The Changing Face of Mount Eden by Faye Angelo, written just before the borough amalgamated with Auckland City in 1989.


The book covers all features of the history of Mount Eden from Maori occupation of Maungawhau through to contemporary developments. Chapters cover a range of topics including the early history of the area, local body politics, Mount Eden Prison, religious institutions, businesses, sports clubs, art and artists, public transport and the social life of the area.


The Editor, Helen Laurenson has written a number of articles and monographs on local history many which have appeared in Prospect the annual journal of the Epsom & Eden District Historical Society.  In 1999 she published In This Familiar Place: The Mount Eden Village Methodist Church Centenary 1899-1999.  She also wrote the book Going Up, Going Down: The Rise and Fall of the Department Store which was the based on her MA thesis. She obtained a PhD in history from the University of Auckland in 2010 with her thesis ‘Myths and the City: a social and cultural history of Auckland, 1890-1990’.


The book is being sold through Time Out bookstore in the Mt Eden Village and will be launched on May 1 2019.  Online orders placed before launch date will cost $50.  After the launch the price will revert to $60.  Go online to:

Time Out Books https://www.timeout.co.nz/








A SPECIAL OFFER for members of the Epsom and Eden District Historical Society…


From Survival to Revival – Auckland’s Public Transport System

since 1860

by Graham Bush

$46.00 (GST Inclusive) – Post and packing FREE –

 The RRP of this new book is $59.99 (GST inclusive)

Post your cheque or credit card details, along with your mailing address… direct to:-

Grantham House Publishing

6/9 Wilkinson Street

Oriental Bay



We accept Visa and Mastercard – Name on Card / Card Number / Expiry Date.


Graham Stewart
Publisher / Director
Grantham House Publishing
Bookprint International Limited
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Maungawhau: A Short History of Volunteer Action


Maungawhau, the mountain in our backyard, has been cared for by its Friends for over two decades. This account of their history, campaigns and volunteer activism makes fascinating reading. It explores the complex issues and challenges that the Friends of Maungawhau have faced, and describes their experience in restoring native vegetation to unstable scoria slopes. Auckland residents who love the mountain and conservation volunteers caring for protected areas will find enjoyment and inspiration in this story. 116 full-colour pages with maps, photos, diagrams and native/weed plant lists.


ISBN 9780473298470

Price: $20 (+ $3 P&P)

Order from sales@maungawhau.co.nz

Available from the Pah Gallery Shop in Hillsborough, and from Time Out Bookstore, Chapter Book and Tea Shop, or The Essential Deli in Mt Eden village.


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