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Welcome to the Taranaki Street names basket.  This basket contains articles that appear in the Taranaki Daily News, "Word on the Street" column every Saturday.  The articles are compiled by staff in the Taranaki Research Centre at Puke Ariki.   If your Street isn't here, please contact us.

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Seymour Street .

Seymour Street 

Many of the street names of Waitara are named after men who served as part of the militia during the Taranaki Wars. British Naval Commander of the H.M.S. Pelorus, Captain Frederick Beauchamp Paget Seymour, was no exception.

He captained a 21 gun warship during the First Taranaki War (1860-61) and played a prominent role in one defining military campaign. On 27 June 1860, Captain Seymour led the naval brigade to attack Puketakuere Pā. During this conflict between Imperial Forces and Māori, Seymour was quite badly wounded. 


Eton Place.

Eton Place 

Stanley Alfred Eaton lived in Taranaki all his life. He had a number of different occupations, but it’s as a landowner that he left a permanent mark on New Plymouth.

He was born in South Taranaki in 1913. In the years before and after World War II he worked on farms in northern and coastal Taranaki. By the late 1940s he was living in New Plymouth, working as a storeman and later in the timber industry. He lived on Ngamotu Road and, in the 1950s, purchased land

Blake Street.

Blake Street 

Recorded as Crown Grant Street on early survey maps, Blake Street is one of many streets in Waitara given its namesake after a notable naval figure during the Taranaki Wars, Captain William Hans Blake. 

Blake was born on 23 March 1832, in France, the youngest son of Commander George Hans Blake of the British Royal Navy.

Following in the footsteps of his father, Blake joined the Royal Navy in 1846.  By 2 September 1854, he had risen through the ranks to become a Lieutenant and later, for

Rowan Road.

Rowan Road 

All that remains of the small settlement of Rowan is a monument surrounded by the stone piles of the old school.

The township was named after Captain Frederic Charles Rowan. He arrived in New Zealand with the 43rd Regiment and he later commanded the Taranaki Rifle Volunteers. Rowan was seriously wounded at the battle of Te Ngutu o Te Manu and returned to England for reconstructive surgery.

Undaunted by his experience he decided to come back to New Zealand. During a stop over in Melbourne he met

Annandale Street.

Annandale Street 

Annandale Street in Lynmouth was formed in the early 1960s to provide access to a new 42 section subdivision. It was named after a local landmark, a house built in the early 1920s for William and Martha Thomson. 

‘Annandale’, a link with William’s Scottish ancestry, had been built on an old pa site on Devon Street. The pa is marked on early maps of New Plymouth and was known as both Taringamanga and Te Ringa Ringa.

William Wright Thomson came to New Zealand in 1880 with his

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