The Cyclopedia of New Zealand [Auckland Provincial District]
Mr. J. Menzies.Hanna, Pphoto
Auckland Club. —This club was established in 1877 in a small building on its present site in Shortland Street. The property adjoining, extending through to Fort Street, was ultimately acquired and the present building was erected. The Auckland Club is a residential club, with a membership of over 250. The building is constructed of brick, and has a frontage of 66 feet in Shortland Street. On the top floor there are ten bedrooms, a large billiard room containing two tables, and card and reading rooms; the dining room, two smoking rooms, strangers' room, inner and outer hall, and offices are on the ground floor. The first members of the club were Messrs William Aitken, H. Brett, J. H. V. Coates, F. Earl, S. Hesketh, G. S. Kissling, W. R. Mowbray, and W. McLaughlin. In May, 1900, the front portion of the building was destroyed by fire, but it has since been re-built, and the extensive alterations made add greatly to the comfort and convenience of the members. The officers are: Mr. F. Earl, president; Mr W. Aitken, vice-president; Messrs G. S. Kissling, A. E. Devore, and H. F. Anderson, trustees.
Mr. Angus W. Gordon, Secretary and Manager of the Auckland Club, is a native of Aldershot, England. He has held important positions in the Civil Service, and prior to taking up his present duties in 1899, he was for some time town clerk at Onehunga.
The Auckland Working Men's Club and Literary Institute, Darby Street, Auckland.—The officers for 1991 are: Mr. Charles S. Wright, president; Mr. E. W. Page, vice-president; Mr. Peter Dignan, treasurer; Mr. Charles Chambers, secretary; Messrs A. R. Tyler, H. Coates, H. Moody, W. Harkins, C. Smith, A. L. Edwards, and J. Scott, committee. The Auckland Working Men's Club was established about 1875, when two rooms of the present building were sufficient for the use of members. The members now number over 500, and the club occupies the whole of the second and third floor of the building. A plentiful variety of periodicals and newspapers is regularly kept in the library, which is on the third floor; the second floor is divided into card, chess, and social rooms; and the billiard room contains two first-rate tables for the use of members.
Mr. Albert J. Woodley, the Manager of the Auckland Working Men's Club, is a native of Dunedin, and after leaving school served his time as a saddler. He afterwards turned his attention to hotel keeping and has occupied leading hotels in Dunedin, Ashburton, Wellington, and other towns. Mr. Woodley was appointed manager of Tattersall's Club in 1896, and held the position until he entered on his present duties in 1900.
Mr. A. J. Woodley.
The Masonic Institute, at which visiting Freemasons are cordially welcomed, is situated at the corner of Queen and Durham Streets. A large billiard room, fitted up with two tables, adjoins the bar; there is also a card room, and the reading room is supplied with English and Colonial papers and periodicals. The officers for 1901 are: Mr W. H. Cooper, president; Mr. W. H. Johnson, treasurer; Mr. F. Simmonds, secretary and steward.