Kōrero: Place names

The River Avon or Shakespere

The Canterbury Association thought to name the stream that flowed through their planned inland settlement ‘Shakespere’. But it was renamed Avon at the request of the pioneer Deans brothers, after a stream in their native Scotland. Perhaps the change was acceptable because an Avon River also flows through Shakespeare’s birthplace, Stratford.

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Alexander Turnbull Library
Reference: A-195-014
Ink drawing by William Fox

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Te tuhi tohutoro mō tēnei whārangi:

Malcolm McKinnon, 'Place names - The imperial connection', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/mi/zoomify/19342/the-river-avon-or-shakespere (accessed 10 December 2019)

He kōrero nā Malcolm McKinnon, i tāngia i te 24 Nov 2008