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Wharf and street names in Wynyard Quarter are generally based on naval and harbour board associations, reflecting the area's strong maritime history.
Captain William 'Crush' Daldy was the first chairman of the Auckland Harbour Board, from 1871 to 1877. It is Daldy's foresight that is credited with the acquisition of 5000 acres of land including Freeman's Bay, enabling reclamation and development.
Named around 1900 after the City of Beaumont in Texas because of its proximity to the oil repository on the western reclamation.
J McRae Brigham was born in Londonderry, Northern Ireland, and served on the Auckland Harbour Board for 38 years.
Named after Vice Admiral Arthur Dalrymple Fanshawe, who visited New Zealand in 1903 in command of a nine-ship squadron. The street was formerly known as Beach Rd and traced the coastal edge.
Admiral Sir E.F.A Gaunt served in the British forces in the battle of Jutland and was the aide-de-camp to King George V. He retired in 1925 and was knighted.
Sir Lionel Halsey captained the HMS New Zealand during World War I. He was also in charge of the HMS New Zealand on her cruise of the world to show off the flag. He was regarded very highly by local Maori warriors who gave him a Maori costume to wear during his battles. Sir Halsey's ship was the only ship to emerge from battles without a scratch and with no fatalities.
W. H. Hamer was the Auckland Harbour Board engineer from 1903 to 1925. It was his plan for the development, reclamation and restoration of the waterfront that was realised in the first half of the 20th century.
The Right Honourable Jellicoe of Scapa was a British naval officer. He graduated as a lieutenant from Royal Navy College in 1880 and went on to become Director of Naval Ordinance, Controller of the Navy, Commander Atlantic Fleet, Commander Second Squadron Home Fleet and Second Sea Lord, commanding the Grand Fleet in World War I.
After the war, in 1919, Lord Jellicoe went on a naval mission on the HMS New Zealand, and in 1920 he was appointed second Governor General of New Zealand.
A keen sportsman, Lord Jellicoe was patron of almost every yacht club in New Zealand. In 1921 Dunedin yachtsmen challenged Lord Jellicoe to a race in Auckland, with the Sanders Cup donated as a trophy for the winner. It was named after Auckland Lieutenant Commander W.E. Sanders, of Takapuna, lost in naval action in World War I.
Lord Jellicoe raced on his 14-foot X-class yacht, Iron Duke, named after the HMS Iron Duke, Jellicoe’s flagship when he commanded the Grand Fleet.
Iron Duke did not fare well in the races, beaten by the Otago boat Heather. Afterwards the cup became one of the foremost sporting trophies in the country and a focus of senior yachting activity, especially outside Auckland.
Sir Charles Edward Madden commanded cruiser squadrons before WW1 and was later Commander in Chief of the Atlantic Fleet. From 1922 to 1927 he was the First Sea Lord to oversee the British Navy.
This street was named for Rear Admiral W A Pakenham who was an English officer in WWI. He commanded British Forces at the Battle of Jutland where HMS New Zealand was one of six battle ships engaged.
Formerly Poore Street, which was named for Vice Admiral Richard Poore of the Australian fleet that visited during Fleet Week of 1908, who commanded the HMS Powerful.
Westhaven Marina was formerly St Mary's Bay boat harbour and appears to have changed its name in the 1960s. Westhaven Marina is one of the largest marinas in the Southern Hemisphere.
Colonel Robert Wynyard arrived in New Zealand in 1854 in charge of the 58th Regiment. He served in Northland and then Devonport before being elected first Superintendent of Auckland Province. He was appointed Administrator upon Governor Grey's departure and served as Acting Governor General between 1853 and 1855.
Further significance to the naming of this site occurred with the first steamboat manufactured in New Zealand in 1854, which was launched from Freeman's Bay before the land reclamation. On December 24 that year it sailed to Wynyard Pier in Official Bay (now Beach Road) where it was named Governor Wynyard.
The construction of Wynyard Wharf (known at this time as Western Wharf) occurred in 1922. Mr Wynyard served as Deputy chairman and Chairman of the Auckland Harbour Board during this period. While it is likely that Wynyard Wharf was named for the launch of the steamboat or to replace Wynyard pier (which was demolished when Official Bay was reclaimed), it may also have been named for Mr Wynyard. Adjoining streets Brigham and Hamer were also named for long serving Auckland Harbour Board members of this period.