Thursday January 25, 2018
Club’s hundred years highlighted in historian’s book By Jamie Adams
The eventful history of Island Bay Bowling Club has been documented in a special centenary book thanks to efforts of a local historian who only recently joined the club. Chris Rabey has published the book Centenary 19182018 just in time for the official celebrations that took place over the weekend. Chris says it took him a year to compile the book, which is about the amount of time he has been a member of the club. “[Club secretary] Carole [Pickburn] helped with the layout while I did the photos and text,” he says. “I didn’t know many people here before I started so I interviewed mostly present members but some past and also got some information from the club archive and the Turnbull and council libraries.” He notes the president’s introduction is signed by the same person who wrote an introduction to a commemorative book written for the club’s 75th anniversary in
1992 - Carl Muollo. Many of the photos were collated from club archives, though some of the recent ones were taken by Chris himself. He says it helped being the secretary of the Southern Bays Historical Society, as that enabled him to get additional photos of the suburb taken in the 19th century. Chris has always had an interest Wellington’s history and is now working on a book about Brooklyn’s past. “I’m going to allow eight years to complete it.” His research uncovered some fascinating facts about the origins of Island Bay Bowls Club. “The Island Bay Hotel had a bowling green attached to it in the early 1900s. The man who owned it established his own bowling club on his property then helped establish this one.” Two hundred copies of the book have been printed and will be given away to members at another centenary celebration at the clubrooms during next month’s Island Bay Festival.
By Jamie Adams
Chris Rabey holds a copy of his book commemorating 100 years of the Island Bay Bowling Club. PHOTO: Jamie Adams
Mural competition to be launched
Matiu Island exhibition includes walk
Keep New Zealand Beautiful’s 2018 Nature Murals Competition, open to local artists who are willing to Do The Right Thing and help paint New Zealand beautiful. Submissions for the competition open on February 1, with the winning entries receiving a $1000 grant and all the materials to paint the mural, thanks to the sponsorship of Resene. Murals must celebrate some form of the natural environment on or around the wall. Keep New Zealand Beautiful CEO Heather Saunderson says studies show a decrease in anti-social behaviour where community art is present. More information on the Nature Murals competition can be found on the Keep New Zealand Beautiful website.
Artist Aliyah Winter is revisiting the biography of Dr Hjelmar von Danneville, who was interned on Matiu (Somes) Island as a suspected ‘enemy alien’ during World War I. Titled hardening, the exhibition at Cuba Street’s Enjoy Public Art Gallery will be presented during Wellington Pride Festival from February 8 to March 10. Born in Europe, Hjelmar worked at the Lahmann Health Home in Miramar during the early 20th century. The doctor wore closely cropped hair, men’s shirts and jackets with skirts, and often partook in dry shaving, a gender nonconformity that made Hjelmer a highly suspicious person to local authorities. The exhibition also includes a walk with Aliyah on Matiu Island on Saturday March 3. Places are limited to 20 people. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to attend.
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‘Dutch reach’ cycling law doesn’t exist: Greco Cycling advocates have been calling for motorists to adopt the “Dutch reach” as a simple way to reduce the risk of collisions with opening car doors on our streets. The Dutch reach is a technique for getting out of a car whereby the left hand is used to open the driver’s door, forcing the motorist to turn their head to check for any cyclist that is approaching on the carriageway. Media reports last week stated that the technique is a legal requirement for obtaining a driver’s licence in the Netherlands where it is believed to have originated from. However, when asked about whether the method should be adopted, Island Bay Resident’s Association president Vicki Greco says no such law exists over there. “I have a brother-in-law who lives in Holland. I asked him about this, he said he had never heard of it,” she says. “My niece has lived there for 30 years and she laughed hysterically we she read about that.” An American physician coined the term to promote the then-unnamed method in 2016 due to the fact the Netherlands has a lot of cyclists. Vicki, whose by-election campaign was largely based around returning the Island Bay cycleway to its original layout of having cyclists ride to the right-side of parked cars, says such a technique is not necessary as drivers simply needed to check their side mirrors before opening. “I never open my driver’s side door without looking.” Patrick Morgan from Cycling Action Network says Vicki is partly correct that it isn’t the law, but he believes the technique is commonly used in the Netherlands. “Children are taught it by parents. I’m told you can fail a driving test if you don’t demonstrate care in opening a door,” Patrick says. “Just reach, swivel, look out and back, then open the door slowly.” He says there’s already a duty of care on all road users to do no harm. “The New Zealand Road Code requires people to take care when opening car doors.” With Island Bay’s current cycleway and its planned “solution” ensuring cyclists ride to the left of parked cars, it is also imperative for passengers to get into the habit as well, Patrick says. “If you are on the passenger side, use your right hand.”
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