Topic: Julian Place (TDN 18/08/2012)

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Julian Place 

The naming of this cul-de-sac in Westown provided the opportunity to acknowledge both a long-established Taranaki family and a well- respected educator.

Richard and Elizabeth Julian arrived in New Plymouth aboard the Blenheim in November 1842. Onboard with them were nine of their 12 children - one of whom was already married, with three children of her own.

As one would expect from a large family, there are many Taranaki residents with a 'Julian' connection.

One member of the family wrote to the New Plymouth City Council in 1971 requesting that the family name be added to the list of possible street names. The council had sufficient names on the list at the time but agreed to consider Julian as a street name once the list was exhausted.

That hurdle was sidestepped soon after when a small piece of land belonging to Francis Douglas Memorial College was subdivided. The city council decided to recognise both the contribution of generations of the Julian family and the most recent principal of the school.

Brother Julian Watson had joined the staff of the college in 1962. He was a highly competent administrator and was appointed principal in 1965. Brother Julian led the school for six years before returning to Australia, where he still lives.

Earlier this year, Brother Julian, along with three other De La Salle brothers, was the recipient of a celebratory mass.

Remarkably, all had recently turned 90, and this milestone, along with their contribution to Catholic education, was suitably recognised.

No doubt he would also be pleased a walkway tucked at the end of Julian Pl leads students through to the grounds of his old college.

*Brother Julian celebrated his 96th birthday and 80 years as a Brother in 2018.

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Julian Place (TDN 18/08/2012)

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Julian Place (TDN 18/08/2012) by Mike Gooch is Copyright Act 1994