Notable People

Dr Thomas Leland Aickin

Dr Thomas Leland Aickin (1814-1897) was the second resident surgeon and effective superintendent at the Auckland Provincial Asylum (1869-1878). Locally, he was Avondale’s first resident doctor, and early market gardener, superintendent of the first school, and supporter of the Whau Public Hall. He came to live in the district in 1859. He is buried in the cemetery, along with members of his family and descendants. Much of the surrounding Aickin farm was sold off from 1882.

Bollard family


John Bollard arrived in Avondale in 1861. From 1863 he was on the first committee for the Whau Public School (now Avondale Primary), was on the committee and later Trust for the Whau Public Hall from 1867, and Chairman of the Whau Highway District Board (later Avondale Roads Board) from 1868 to 1896, when he stepped down to become MP for Eden until 1914. He was also a district coroner, land agent, farmer and roads engineer. He died in March 1915.

His son Richard Francis Bollard was a district valuer and rates collector for the Avondale Roads Board in the 1890s, and became an MP for Raglan, and later Minister of Internal Affairs, until his death in 1927. His remains are currently interred at Karori Cemetery.

Another son, Ben Bollard, was Avondale’s first postman (late 19th century) and then from 1906 until 1916 was part of the Bollard and Wood partnership with Edward Wood.

Dr. Daniel Pollen (1813-1896)


Dr. Daniel Pollen was born in Dublin, Ireland, and came to live in Auckland in the early 1840s, after witnessing the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi. He married Jane Henderson in 1846, and served as medical officer at the copper mines on Kawau Island for a time. He purchased land at the end of Rosebank Peninsula in 1855, and a few years later started a brickyard and ceramics kiln there. This operated until the mid 1870s. In 1856 he was elected to the Auckland Provincial Council.
In 1873 he was appointed as Colonial Secretary (until 1877), and served as Premier from July 1875 until February 1876. He remained on the Legislative Council until his death in 1896.
Pollen Island (Motu Manawa), once owned by Dr. Pollen, is named after him.

Servicemen’s memorials


Wesley Neal Spragg (1894-1918)

Welsley Neal Spragg was killed on active service with the Royal Flying Corps during World War I, and was buried in the Old Cemetery, Cairo. His father Wesley Spragg included his name on the family gravesite here, and installed a memorial near Huia.

Stanley Howard Pilkington (1889-1917)

Son of Edmund and Jane Levie Pilkington (of Avondale). He served during World War I with the Australian Flying Corps, and was killed on active service. He was buried in Brookwood Military Cemetery, Surrey, England. His memorial is included with his parents’ graves at Avondale.

George Child (c.1913-1944)

Sergeant George Child was killed in an aircraft accident in Yorkshire while on active service during World War II. He was the son of David Poulter and Annie Child, and stepson of Mrs S Child of Avondale.

Reginald Victor McVeigh (c.1888-1934)

He served with the 26th Reinforcements, Auckland Infantry Regiment, A Company during World War I. The simple, very weathered headstone bears a fern leaf arched across the top of an Ionian cross-style circle within the cross.

Ba Shaw (c.1882-1922)

Ba Shaw died in Brussels, Belgium 8 February 1922, aged 40. He had served with the British Expeditionary Force at Salonica according to his memorial. His father was William Shaw of Oakleigh Park, Avondale.

Thomas and Ann Fletcher Jackson

The Jacksons travelled all over New Zealand on ministry work for their Quaker faith in the late 19th century. From 1893 to 1899 they lived at “Meliora” in Avondale, a farm situated around present-day 103 Avondale Road. In 1897 they helped found the Victoria Hall church opposite the cemetery, now the Rosebank Peninsula Church, part of the Avondale Union Parish. Thomas died in 1899, Ann Fletcher Jackson died in 1903.