Formal opening of Parau, a beach property with a large brick hostel

1960
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Parents of deaf children raised thousands of pounds to buy a beach property at Parau where a large brick hostel was built. Groups of children, teachers and parents spent many a happy weekend there.
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Due to crowded conditions at Titirangi, parents including John Oxspring, Lyn Greager, Fred Tattersall and Jack Forrest, raised thousands of pounds to buy a beach property at Parau and to build a large brick hostel. Groups of children, teachers and parents spent many a happy weekend there.

The plaque says: “This building was officially opened for the Auckland School for Deaf Society (Titirangi) Inc. on 3rd of December 1960 by H.W. Holdsworth Esq. President of the Auckland Commercial Travellers and Warehousemen’s Association”

The Parau Camp was in use until 1988. The Rudolf Steiner School moved to rental premises in Parau until 1993 when the hotel premises were sold by Auckland Parents of Deaf Children.

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Reference number:
SignDNA – Deaf National Archive New Zealand, SH29-11-EDU60