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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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Wicksteed Street.

Wicksteed Street

Wicksteed Street in Vogeltown is named after a journalist known as one of the most entertaining gentlemen in the region.

John Tylston Wicksteed was born in Shropshire in 1802. Whilst editing the influential London newspaper The Spectator, he befriended Edward Gibbon Wakefield, who was in the process of organising British colonisation of Aotearoa by setting up the New Zealand Company. Wicksteed and his wife Emma bought into Wakefield’s vision and immigrated with their two young sons aboard the ship London in August 1840, arriving in Wellington that December. Also on board

Sawyers Way.

Sawyers Way 

So named because a timber yard once operated on the site, Sawyers Way runs through a housing development in central New Plymouth near Kawaroa Park.

The timber yard was originally owned and operated by Henry Brown (1842-1921) who emigrated from England to New Plymouth with his family in 1858. The Browns farmed at Ōmata where Henry’s father ministered to local Māori, earning himself the nickname of “the backblocks clergyman”.

Henry trained as a carpenter, but when his father purchased 800 hectares of bush at the top of Carrington Road, he established

Hercules Place.

Hercules Place 

Hercules Place in Bell Block was named after an aeroplane produced by the De Havilland Aircraft Company. In fact it runs off De Havilland Drive, and both streets, as well as the others in the vicinity, lie on the site of the old New Plymouth airport, hence their names.

The DH.66 Hercules was a three-engined biplane first built in 1926 at Stag Lane Aerodrome north of London. Designed for Imperial Airways when it took over the Cairo-Baghdad airmail service from the Royal Air Force, the Hercules had room for seven passengers plus mail. Imperial

Battiscombe Terrace .

Battiscombe Terrace

Running parallel to the beach in Waitara, Battiscombe Terrace was named after British Navy Lieutenant Albert Henry William Battiscombe.

Albert was born in Italy in 1831. His father Richard was a Reverend working for the Royal Navy and Albert became a cadet in his teens. As flagship of the Australian Squadron, a force of British warships based in Sydney to protect the colonies, the HMS Pelorus arrived here in April 1860 for the First Taranaki War. Senior Lieutenant Battiscombe and the rest of the crew, known as

Vardon Way.

Vardon Way 

Vardon Way is located on The Links’ subdivision adjacent to the New Plymouth Golf Club. Like almost all of the streets in the development Vardon Way has a golfing connection.

Harry William Vardon (1870-1937) was an American golfer, considered among the world’s best in from the late 1890s through to the beginning of World War One. Vardon moved to England at the age of 20 and the same year turned professional. The first of his six Open Championships (a record that still stands) came in 1896, the

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