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Celebrating Milford’s Heritage

Would our photo exhibition and band concert be outside as planned or transferred inside the Milford Cruising Club? That was the big question asked by the Milford Residents Association committee as they stood in a gale wind on the Milford Reserve. But luck and sunshine were on the side of the 500 people who turned out to remember the days when Milford was one of Auckland’s most popular beach resorts.

50 photos dating from the early 1900s showed Milford in its heyday from the 1900s to the 1940s. People loved seeing the images of bathing beauties on the beach, the national lifesaving championships held at Milford in 1939, the Ye Olde Pirate Shippe dance hall and the tranquil Milford estuary and creek.

The event stimulated a lot of conversation about how different things look now.
The North Shore Brass Band’s Academy section played a jazzy selection of songs reminiscent of those times. Chairs and blankets were set before the stage and, with the previously elusive sun shining, it was the perfect way to spend a Sunday afternoon. Some of the younger ones provided an impromptu dance exhibition.
It was also wonderful to have members of the public bring along their own photos. Some of these you will see in future Heritage Festival events held by the Milford Residents Association.
The event was generously support by the Devonport-Takapuna Local Board, Benefitz and Channel Magazine, Prestige Real Estate and the Milford
Cruising Club.

Visit: www.milford.org.nz

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