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Monday, November 06, 2017
Growing Up in Grey Lynn and Ponsonby Between the Wars
AS IT WAS Growing Up in Grey Lynn and Ponsonby Between the Wars Russell
240 x 165mm, 240 pages, paperback
illustrated David Ling Publishing Distributed by David Bateman Ltd
Russell Stone has reached an age and stage in life where he can be
regarded not just as an historian but also as part of the stuff of history
When he was born in 1923 life was simpler, relatively
uncomplicated. But it was also harsher, with much hard physical labour for men
and women alike. The memory of the Great War was still raw. And although the
attitudes and practices of our colonial past were still to be seen on every
hand, Auckland, just like New Zealand as a whole, was already passing over the
threshold to modernity. Electrical power, motorised transport, new recreational
facilities, liberalising educational policies, a redefinition of the Empire,
and much else were initiating changes, which seemingly modest at the time, are
now to be seen as forerunners of our twenty-first century way of life.
Russell Stone grew up these close-knit inner suburbs of interwar
Auckland that are written about in this book. He was educated at Mount Albert
Grammar School and the University of Auckland. After war service he became a
secondary-school teacher for thirteen years before joining the staff of the
History Department at the University of Auckland, from which he retired in 1989
as an Emeritus Professor.
written a number of historical books and articles, including twelve full-length
books on various aspects of Auckland history. Since 1960 he has also served on
a number of groups promoting the study of history and biography and the
preservation of archives. In 1987 he was made a member of the Mount Albert
Grammar Hall of Distinction, in 2002 an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit,
and in 2011 a Fellow of the Auckland War Memorial Museum.