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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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Buchanan Place.

Buchanan Place 

Buchanan Place in Hāwera is one of the few streets in the district named after a local woman.

Janet (Jessie) Buchanan was born in Australia in 1868 and moved to Hāwera in 1878 with her parents. After her father died she moved into town with her mother and sister. They built a home at 301 South Road, where she lived until she died in 1966.

Jessie was a wealthy woman, inheriting money from her father and uncle. She was a generous benefactor and her support helped the

The portion of Broadway between McLean and Whitaker Streets was re-named Memorial Place in 1959 to reflect the nearby location of the Waitara War Memorial (1923) and War Memorial Hall (1959).

The First World War memorial was unveiled by Lieutenant-Colonel C.H. Weston on Anzac Day 1923. The high granite cross, originally painted white, was mounted on a stepped and balustraded stone-and-concrete platform. One face of the cross’s base was inscribed, ERECTED / BY THE CITIZENS / TO THE MEMORY OF THE MEN / OF WAITARA / WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES IN / THE GREAT WAR, / 1914-1918. The names of

Richmond Street.

Richmond Street 

Most of the original streets in Inglewood were named after prominent Taranaki people of the 19th century. One such man was Henry Robert Richmond.

Born and educated in London, Richmond travelled to New Zealand in 1851. His early years were involved in politics, culminating in his 1865 election to lead the Taranaki Provincial Council. At the time these were the local government bodies responsible for public facilities.

They were short-lived political bodies however.  So, at the age of 40, Richmond went to Nelson and studied law, qualified

Thomason Road.

Thomason Road 

This portion of the old State Highway 3 was renamed when the Kent Road – Waiwhakaiho realignment project bypassed it in 2003. The road was named for one of the area’s long term residents, conservationist and honorary ranger, Frederick Cowan Thomason (1918-1999), who had recently died.

The Thomason family had been living in Taranaki since James William Thomason with his wife Clementina migrated with their children from Shetland, Scotland in 1874.  His son, James Ingram Thomason, farmed in the Egmont Village area, marrying Bertha Chard from nearby

Dowding Place in Waitara commemorates Corporal Leonard Rex Dowding, the first Waitara soldier killed in action during the Second World War.

Born at Waitara on 30th April 1918, Leonard Rex Dowding was the only son of Mr Francis Norman (Frank) Dowding, himself a First World War veteran, and his wife Mary (nee Jones). Rex was educated at both Tikorangi and Waitara Primary Schools, and later attended New Plymouth Boys High School.

After attending High School for two years, Rex worked at the Lepperton Co-operative Dairy Factory for a year, before starting an upholstery apprenticeship in Wellington. On 12th September 1939

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