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Welcome to the Taranaki Street Names basket. This basket contains articles that are published in the Taranaki Daily News' "Word on the Street" column.  The articles are compiled by staff in the Taranaki Research Centre I Te Pua Wānanga o Taranaki at Puke Ariki.  If your street isn't here, please contact us.

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Trimble Place.

Trimble Place 

Trimble Place in Bell Block was named after an early Taranaki politician.

Born in Northern Ireland in 1824, Robert Trimble immigrated to the United States when he was 21 but moved back to North West England to act as the British partner in an American linen importing firm.  A radical liberal, Trimble was secretary of the Manchester Emancipation Society and a strong supporter of the northern forces during the American Civil War. He wrote several anti-slavery pamphlets and was presented with a silver medal for his work

DP 2622.

Neve Place in Strandon is one of just a few streets in the city named after a woman and is a relatively new street in an old part of New Plymouth.

The street was formally part of Mahoe Street which had been divided by the development of the northern outlet in the early 1980s. The northern part of Mahoe Street kept its name, but the southern section was renamed Neve Place.

The development of an expressway through this section of New Plymouth was first proposed in the 1950s, but the project did not get underway until 1981. It was officially

Gospel Hall (Stratford).

Portia Street 

One constant about Portia Street has been change. Part of the original town block, it has seen more changes and re-development over the years than most Stratford streets.

One thing has always been the same. Like many streets in Stratford, it is divided by the Patea River. The southern section is dominated by the playing fields of St. Joseph’s School. Further south is where the hospital once stood.

It opened in 1907. As early as 1911, there were discussions about closing a section of Portia Street to

"A fine citizen passes".

Burgess Hill Road 

Burgess Hill Road, between New Plymouth and Egmont Village, was named after a former mayor.

Charles Hayward Burgess was Mayor of New Plymouth from 1915 to 1919, during most of the First World War and the devastating influenza epidemic that followed it. Born in Auckland in 1860, one of nine children, Charles moved to New Plymouth in 1892 and established the importing merchant business of Burgess, Fraser and Co with his friend Murdoch Fraser. Burgess was a member of many public bodies and organizations including the

Brixham Place.

Brixham Place 

Brixham Place in Merrilands was named after the town of Brixham in Devon, England.

Originally a Saxon settlement, Brixham was recorded in the Domesday Book of 1086 and by the medieval period had grown to become the largest fishing port in southwest England.  The town was the landing place of William of Orange during the Glorious Revolution of 1688, when the Catholic King James II was overthrown and replaced by his Protestant daughter Mary and her Dutch husband. Many of the town’s inhabitants are descendants of William’s

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