Meet­ing aims to un­cover how Par­nell got its name

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS -

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.

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