His­tory of a name

Kapi-Mana News - - OPINION -

Editor,

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

Bradey), Para­pa­raumu.

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