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Looking for History of Dick's, Henderson, Auckland, New Zealand

Query by darianzam

Update: This has now been solved.

I'm looking for information on Dick's Milk Bar, Henderson, in the 1950s-1960s. It was apparently "a few doors along from ANZ bank on Great North Road." Although there were a couple of older cafes that had hung in there, like The Tradewinds which I was taken to for lunch often as my father had his business almost opposite it, I certainly don't remember Dick's still being there when I was a child.

Judy Julian wrote: "Dick's Milk Bar was in the Ozich Buildings and was along from Railside Ave (Station Rd) towards Valley Rd. I am not sure what is there now - could be a locksmith. My dad used to go down to Dick's on a Saturday night to get the 8 o'clock and a couple of bob worth of mixed lollies."

In this image from the 1950s, a light up perspex sign under the awning on the left says "MILK BAR." Image entitled "Ozich Buildings completed, Henderson." unknown date in the 1950s, courtesy of J. T. Diamond Collection, West Auckland Local History Online, West Auckland Research Centre, Waitakere Central Library, ref JTD-14A-03975-1.

Surnames: DICK OZICH
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on 2015-08-22 00:17:08

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by FireMonty on 2015-08-22 01:38:09

I remember the milk bar but was only a kid at the time. There was a billiard saloon (no booze) at the back of the building, through probably the second doorway. The first shop in the block from the view in this photo was a jeweler, then the billiard saloon, then the milk bar I think.
The service station is Central Service Station later owned by Frank Radisich

by darianzam on 2015-08-22 01:41:56

Thanks for the information!

by keithD on 2017-07-18 03:01:59

I know it is a couple of years since the above were posted but I have something that may help.
There were many changes to the occupations and lessees of this block of shops. Dick's Milkbar was run by my brother in law Geoff Groves in the 1960s and My wife Shirley worked for Geoff in the 1960s until we moved to Whanganui in 1968 and now living in Upper Hutt.
The photo above is I believe the second block that Steve Ozich built. The first was in Station Road.
Steve Radisch certainly ran the service station as we bought petrol there.
If you are still interested I may dig up some more information.

by darianzam on 2017-07-19 07:50:13

Hi Keith, thanks for this information!Seemingly it was just 'Dick's' in name, then. Or do you think they inherited the name from an earlier occupant?

by JoanHansen on 2019-02-20 09:02:03

Hi, Dick aka Richard Ozich was my uncle. I lived out the back in the Fallls Hotel, it has since been moved. My sister is five years older than me and worked in the shop serving lollies to the kids. It was the only place in Henderson open after 5pm where you could get something to eat. I have a few old photos.
Get back to me if you are still interested.

by darianzam on 2019-02-20 09:17:23

Hi Joan, it's great to finally crack this one. I remember the Falls Hotel still being out the back in the 1980s with carpark around it. Not sure which Ozich it was, who still lived in it and was known to be a bit crabby about anyone coming too close to the building. I was taking photos for a school project on Henderson's history in about 1986, and he came out and told me to get lost! I got 2 photos, which I still have, before he moved me on!

by JoanHansen on 2019-10-06 10:50:00

Hi Darianzam,

Sorry I have taken so long to write back. Completely forgot I had posted here. I only found your first post when I was putting together a book for family members on the Falls Hotel and Ozich Buildings. I googled a few things and ended up at this website. The crabby old bloke who moved you on was probably my Grandfather Steve Ozich always a bit suspicious but a bit sad as you were only a kid doing a school project. Funny he could also be up for a big chat too. He would have been a good source of info for you. He would definitely have given you a big long story if you had knocked on the door. I have finished my book so will probably not be back at this website. If you ever need photos etc., email me at. hansenjvx@gmail.com.
All the best Joan

by darianzam on 2019-10-07 05:38:40

Thanks, I will be in touch.

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