Pon­sonby un­plugged

Auckland City Harbour News - - News -

A new book by two lo­cal au­thors prom­ises to give a fas­ci­nat­ing in­sight into the rich his­tory of Pon­sonby.

Ur­ban Vil­lage, by Pon­sonby res­i­dents Jenny Car­lyon and Diana Mor­row, traces the story of Pon­sonby, St Mary’s Bay and Free­mans Bay from the time of the early set­tlers, fol­low­ing its change from an im­mi­grant neigh­bour­hood to the af­flu­ent sub­urb of to­day.

It took two years and more than 70 in­ter­views to col­lect all the in­for­ma­tion and track down count­less old pho­to­graphs from mu­se­ums and archives.

Jenny Car­lyon says what fas­ci­nated her was learn­ing how rich and di­verse the area has re­mained.

The book is full of cap­ti­vat­ing pho­tos, show­ing the area from its early be­gin­nings.

The Auck­land City Har­bour News has two copies of Ur­ban Vil­lage to give away.

To be in with a chance to win one of the books, email your name, ad­dress and day­time phone num­ber to edcl@snl.co.nz with Ur­ban Vil­lage in the sub­ject line.

Or post your en­try to Ur­ban Vil­lage com­pe­ti­tion, Pri­vate Bag 56910, Mt Eden, Auck­land.

En­tries must be re­ceived by 9am on Oc­to­ber 24.

Early days: Ur­ban Vil­lage is jam-packed with pho­tos from yes­ter­year.

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