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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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Tayler Street .

Tayler Street

In the 1890s, before Eltham had its own council, residents formed a Vigilance committee to represent their interests to government. George Washington Tayler was the chairman. In 1901, when the town became a borough, Tayler was elected Eltham’s first mayor.

His parents were from England but he was born in New York, in 1858. When his family came to New Zealand in 1863 they settled in Canterbury. At the age of 29, Tayler moved to Eltham to open a new store for the general merchant, R.A. Adams.

Baring Terrace.

Baring Terrace 

Baring Tce runs from Northgate across Devon St East and continues until it comes to an end at the railway overbridge which leads down to the East End Skating Arena.

When Frederic Carrington drew his first plan of New Plymouth, Baring Tce formed the eastern boundary of the town. It follows the contours of the Henui River and is one of the few roads not conforming to the grid pattern that Carrington favoured for the new settlement. One of the most progressive features of Carrington's original

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Seddon Street 

When this short road in Westown was first surveyed in January 1908 the name chosen for it was MacLean. On the same survey map, nearby Massey St also had a different name: Watson.

However, by the time the first houses were built some 10 years later, the names of two New Zealand politicians had replaced the original choices. As New Plymouth already had a McLean St in Strandon perhaps it was decided that two such similar names would be too confusing?

English-born Richard John Seddon

Camberwell Road.

Camberwell Road 

How Camberwell Road got its name is uncertain today. The best guess is an early settler in the area came from the suburb of Camberwell in London.

It hasn’t always been named Camberwell Road. Before the 1930s, Vogel Street extended north to Surrey Street, dividing King Edward Park and Bayly Park. During the late 1930s the piece of road was given its Camberwell name.

North of the Surrey Street intersection, the road was sub-divided for housing from the early 1900s. South of the intersection was very different.

Moturoa Street .

Moturoa Street 

It's unusual for streets to change their name. Up until the 1950s this short road near the New Plymouth port was known as Medley Lane.

'Tigertown' residents also had nickname for it - Melody Lane. Saturday night parties, with music flooding the street, is just one of the stories recounted in the book Moturoa by Don and Noel Harris. One thing the book doesn't tell us, nor have we been able to determine, is the why the road was named Medley.

John Spencer Selwyn Medley

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