Cornwallis Peninsula | Proposed First Site for Auckland
Almost everything of interest or value about The Cornwallis Peninsula will gradually be able to be found or accessed via these pages. Its pre-European history, the scurrilous deceit that caused the first boatload of settlers to migrate from Glasgow to Cornwallis in the unrealised expectation of it being Auckland's first township, already laid out & ready for buildings. The early settlers, the baches that later graced & were eventually removed from Cornwallis Beach. Who it was who formed & comprised the resident's group 'SCOW' (Save Cornwallis Old Wharf) to rebuild Cornwallis Wharf, the last remaining historic wharf of the original sixteen on the Manukau Harbour, & how it was done.
The Puponga Peninsula, or Cornwallis Peninsula on Auckland's Manukau Harbour has a fascinating history. Because of ready access to seafood combined with the ability to inexpensively establish viable defensive positions against attack, peninsulas around the world have long been considered ideal fortified settlement locations.
Today, the appreciation for peninsulas is in the enjoyment of beaches, rock scrambles, walking tracks & headlands; for the small group of Cornwallis residents, the commanding water views & peaceful environment.
The Cornwallis story is already well told in books photographs & websites, but books go out of print, websites die & photographs are often difficult to track down. The intention of this website is to provide an online portal to direct interested people to alternative established resources that will satisfy casual curiosity & serious researchers alike. The website group enthusiastically invites holders of old family photos, curios or memories to share both originals and/or copies. None of the material we receive will be retained. With the donor's agreement it will be lodged securely in their name with an appropriate library and/or museum on a permanent of loan basis for future protection & enjoyment.
The Cornwallis Peninsula Website Group is particularly interested in engaging urgently with people who can draw on memories that we may record as oral histories. Earlier residents; personal adventures; childhood holidays at one of the baches on the beach .. knowledge of who may have owned one, where on the beach it was, who may have been next door, who they may know who can tell us more & so on.