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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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"A fine citizen passes".

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 Chamber of Commerce, Harbour Board and Hospital Board. Elected to the New Plymouth Borough

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

Orlando Street .

Orlando Street 

It was Charles Whitcombe who declared all Stratford’s streets should be named after the works of Shakespeare. Orlando is a much-loved character in the comedy ‘As You Like It’.

Orlando Street is divided into two parts by Windsor Park. While much of the street is residential, the section closest to town has changed appearance over the years as houses were removed and commercial buildings erected. Dominating the other side of this stretch of Orlando Street is Victoria Park and the grandstand. It hasn’t always been as we

Henry Okey (Puke Ariki collection).

Okey Lane 

Okey Lane in Bell Block was named after farmer and politician Henry Okey.

Born in New Plymouth in 1857, Henry James Hobbs Okey was the son of an ironmonger who had recently emigrated from Gloucestershire. The family owned a farm on Frankley Road but had to move into town in 1860 during the Taranaki Wars and did not return to their land for a decade.

Henry left school at age 13 and eventually bought his own farm, also on Frankley Road. His older brother Edward won the

Murray Street.

Murray Street 

Murray Street in Bell Block was named after British soldier George Freeman Murray. The son of a Lieutenant-General who owned a sugar plantation in Guyana, George was born in Canada in 1809 and joined the 65th Regiment as a teenager. He was made Captain when his father purchased his commission, a common practice thought to encourage loyalty as well as maintain the social exclusivity of the officer class.

Murray was posted to New Plymouth in 1855 and lived on Gill Street. The European population had just begun to exceed that of

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