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The Auckland Beekeepers Club was established in 1947.

The founding members were a group of hobbyist beekeepers who had been in the Auckland Branch of the National Beekeepers Association. As their interests were not primarily commercial or political, they established the club tailored more to their needs.

A Number of beekeepers (maily hobbyists) set about creating the Auckland Beekeepers Club in 1947. The guiding founder members included Mr Percy Hillary (a commercial beekeeper and farther of Sir Edmund), Bob Barnes and Bill Marsden who wanted to have an orgnisation where industry politics would not be discusssed.

A few infomal meeting where held at one of the Hillary apraries while the new Committee looked for a permanent home. A suitable site in a disused quarry was found on the banks of Meola Creek. The Lands and Survey Dept were not initially keen. However, with the help of the grounds of Western Springs College - was made avalible to the Club.

The site had a difficult access and was covered with rockes, THe area was cleared anda shed acquired.

For a peppercorn rental of one halfpenny per annum the Club was in business. Only its formal status changed in 1953 when it became an Incorporated Society.

The club now, as in the past, has a strong focus on teaching the art of beekeeping.


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