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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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Doone Street.

Doone Street

With the majority of early English settlers to New Plymouth hailing from Cornwall and Devon, their descendants often looked to those regions when naming roads in the city later on. Doone Street in Lynmouth was inspired by the heroine of the celebrated Victorian novel Lorna Doone, set in Devonshire.

Written by Richard Doddridge Blackmore in 1869, Lorna Doone is an historical romance about farmer John Ridd and his love for the beautiful Lorna. Blackmore (1825-1900) was not born in Devon but often described himself as a Devonian after a childhood spent

Culzean Castle.

Culzean Grove runs off Glamis Avenue in Bell Block and was named after an opulent castle in Scotland.

In 1975 the Totara Park Development Company created a subdivision in the area called Kingsdown with the slogan “Not just a place to live, but a way of life”. The company was a subsidiary of M.S.D. Speirs, now known as the Speirs Group, who had pioneered fast food restaurants in New Zealand with their Big Tex chain.

The name Kingsdown was chosen to incorporate that of prominent local family the Kings, who had previously owned the land. In keeping with the royal

Lord Ranfurly.

Ranfurly Street runs off Raleigh Street in Waitara and was named in the early 1900s after the Governor General of New Zealand at the time.

Sir Uchter John Mark Knox (1856-1933) was a Viscount and Baron as well as the fifth Earl of Ranfurly. Educated at Cambridge, he inherited his many titles after his older brother died during a shooting expedition to Abyssinia.

Lord Ranfurly was appointed the fifteenth Governor General of New Zealand in 1897. Earlier governors had been either military men or professional administrators, but as pride in the British Empire reached its height, London began sending minor

Finnerty Road.

Finnerty Road 

In the 19th century a lot of New Zealand’s rural roads gained their names in a surprisingly haphazard manner. Frequently, surveyors would name them after one of their fellow surveyors. So when Henry Climie was working in Ngaere, he named a new road after Charles Finnerty.

In fact Henry Climie was probably returning a favour. Charles Finnerty had surveyed a road leading to Cardiff. He named it Climie Road. Perhaps too, they were both lucky? Other surveyors had been known to name roads after the dogs in

St Aubyn Street.

St Aubyn Street

The first English settlers to New Plymouth arrived in the early 1840s, on ships contracted by the Plymouth Company. Directors of this company included such notables as the Earl of Devon, Sir Charles Lemon and Lord Courtenay, all of whom were immortalised by Chief Surveyor Frederic Alonzo Carrington with street names while he was marking out the new city.

Sir Edward St Aubyn (1799-1872), 1st Baronet of St Michael’s Mount in Cornwall, was another shareholder and he too was honoured on the first maps, with St

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