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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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St Aubyn Street.

St Aubyn Street

The first English settlers to New Plymouth arrived in the early 1840s, on ships contracted by the Plymouth Company. Directors of this company included such notables as the Earl of Devon, Sir Charles Lemon and Lord Courtenay, all of whom were immortalised by Chief Surveyor Frederic Alonzo Carrington with street names while he was marking out the new city.

Sir Edward St Aubyn (1799-1872), 1st Baronet of St Michael’s Mount in Cornwall, was another shareholder and he too was honoured on the first maps, with St

Templer Street .

Templer Street 

Arthur Templer didn’t enjoy a particularly long life. However he did leave his mark on early New Zealand as a surveyor. Although he was only in Eltham for a few years, he was so well regarded by the town’s citizens they named a street after him.

He was born in Christchurch in 1859. After gaining his surveying qualifications he worked in Canterbury and various places in the North Island. For health reasons Templer moved further north in 1895, much of this time being spent in Auckland and

Cordelia Street .

Cordelia Street 

When Stratford was founded in 1878 Charles Whitcombe announced all the streets would be named to reflect the works of William Shakespeare. Part of the original town block, Cordelia Street is named after a character in King Lear.

Later in 1878 the first sections were offered for sale. Stratford’s growth was steady and by the early 1900s houses stood along the eastern side of Cordelia Street. Today the southern end is dominated by Victoria Park. It might not always have been so.

The park was initially Crown

Brennan Place.

Brennan Place 

Opunake’s Aytoun Street dates from the town’s earliest days but was never quite as long as originally intended. Instead, it developed in three separate parts. One part later became Brennan Place.

It was named after Arthur Brennan. He was born in Manaia in 1891 and was one of Opunake’s most prominent businessmen between the wars. As a young man he worked in Wellington and Invercargill. He married, then returned to Taranaki to take over the Opunake Times newspaper, which his father had founded in 1894. Brennan also

Flight Place.

Flight Place

Flight Place in Lower Vogeltown was named after Josiah Flight, a remarkable early Taranaki settler.

Born in Devonshire in 1800, Josiah was persuaded by an advertisement for the Plymouth Company to invest everything he had in the purchase of land shares in Taranaki. He arrived in New Zealand with his wife Sarah Anne, two-year old daughter Annie and a flock of twelve Southdown sheep on the Timandra in 1842.

Flight and his wife both kept diaries during their journey, which give fascinating insights into shipboard life –

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