History of a name
Francis and Keturah Bradey arrived as early settlers in 1840. They purchased lands around the Paremata and Pauatahanui district and as a direct fifth generation Bradey, my family lived where Whitby township lies. When the new subdivision was developed by Fletcher Consortium in the 1960s, all the streets had a nautical or Captain James Cook theme; none recalled the Bradey family. Therefore it was particularly sensitive of Porirua City Council to place a special sign on the land where the Bradeys had lived and farmed for more than 100 years.
Sadly the etched wooden sign on Highway 58 has recently been vandalised and a large ‘‘L’’ been inserted. We are assured by the council that they will fix the damage so hopefully it can once again honour these true pioneers by the correct spelling of ‘‘Bradey’’. MARGUERITE MONK (nee