The building was sold later on to Major Henry Butler Stoney. The Stoney family made several additions to the original cottage spread over four phases, which were undertaken to accommodate the growing Stoney family. Remains of outbuildings and the mature garden can also be seen today at the site.
|Ref: NZ Map 2256, map of Silverdale, 1940-1945, Sir George Grey Special Collections|
Stoney Homestead is a protected heritage place under the Auckland Council District Plan (Rodney Section) (p.68, No. H207). The first stage of a $1.5m restoration project of the homestead has just been completed. The property is owned by the Auckland Council and the council has worked closely with Hibiscus and Bays Local Board, Stoney Homestead Trust, Matthews & Matthews Architects Ltd, N Cole Builders and New Zealand Historic Places Trust (NZHPT) to plan the restoration.
|Ref: AWNS-18991215-7-3, store in Wade, Silverdale, 1899, Sir George Grey Special Collections|
So get down to Stoney Homestead and check out the restoration and some new interpretation panels . The possums’ loss is our gain!
|Ref: AWNS-19140319-52-7, Wade River, Silverdale, 1914, Sir George Grey Special Collections|
Author: Rebecca Harfield, Heritage Assets Advisor, Auckland Council