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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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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

Whiting Street.

Whiting Street 

The naming of Whiting Street helped resolve a confusing situation in Eltham that had existed for at least the previous fifty years.

Today few people know that for a long time Eltham had two Moir Streets. There was the present one, developed in 1905 and described in a previous ‘Word on the Street’ article. However some years earlier, in the late 1800s, Railway Street – that section north of Bridge Street – had been called Moir Street. Perhaps that was because for a few years George Moir

Rhoda Pease.

Denby Road

While little information remains about the man Hāwera’s Denby Road was named after, there is plenty of evidence of the road’s changing layout.

The road was named after a Corporal Joseph Denby of Number 9 Company, Taranaki Military Settlers, who was allotted a section of land, at what was then, the end of Denby Road, next to the Waihi Stream.

Some of the military settlers did not take up their land allotments, or only farmed for a period of time, before moving on. It is not clear

65th Regiment on parade, Mount Eliot, New Plymouth (Puke .

Howard Street, near East Beach in Waitara, was named after a soldier killed in the First Taranaki War.

James Howard fought in the 65th Regiment of the British Army. These infantry troops took part in imperial conflicts everywhere from Massachusetts to Oman, with around 700 serving in Taranaki in 1860-61. Known as the "Royal Tigers", they were nicknamed the "Hickety Pips" by Māori. Soldiers of the 65th shared a mutual respect for the fighting ability of their Māori opponents, who it is said would often call out to British sentries on night patrol, letting them know when a ceasefire was

Glamis Castle.

Glamis Avenue

Glamis Avenue in Bell Block was named after a Scottish castle that provided the legendary setting for Shakespeare’s Macbeth. Part of a 1975 subdivision in the area called Kingsdown, the avenue and other nearby streets were given the names of famous British fortresses to play on the association between castles and kings. The name Glamis (pronounced ‘Glarms’) is thought to come from the Scottish Gaelic word ‘glam’, meaning to devour.

Home to the Earls of Strathmore since 1372, Glamis Castle has long been connected with tales of

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