Meeting aims to uncover how Parnell got its name
Do you know how Parnell got its name?
Since 1841 there has been a lot of speculation about whom the suburb was named after.
Several historic figures have been incorrectly credited including Charles Stewart Parnell (the Irish politician), Samuel Parnell (who instigated the eight-hour working day in New Zealand), Thomas Parnell (the poet) and Sir Henry Brooke Parnell (a prominent member of the British Parliament).
The full story of the naming of Parnell will be revealed at the launch of the 2013 issue of the Parnell Heritage Journal and Parnell Heritage AGM on September 26.
Margaret Edgcumbe, who was born in Parnell, has been researching the the suburb’s history and will speak at the meeting.
The colourful personality behind the naming of Parnell was Robert Tod, a land speculator who bought three acres in the second Auckland Land Sale on September 1, 1841, subdivided it into 36 small sections and advertised them for sale as the ‘‘The Village of Parnell’’.
Born in Scotland, Tod had an adventurous career as a merchant in the Middle East and South Australia.
Adelaide’s Tod River is named after him.
Hear the full story at the meeting: 7pm, September 26 at the Quality Inn, Gladstone Rd. Or buy a copy of the journal after September 27 from White Heron Dairy, 64 Gladstone Rd or Paper Plus, 213 Parnell Rd.