Topic: Sydenham Street

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This street is located near Brougham Street on the northern side of Sydenham Park.


I ngā rā o mua, in days gone by, the loop of the Opawaho river that is now Beckenham was marshy land, covered in raupo, tussock and grasses. Waitaha people would have known the area first, and then came Kati Mamoe and, later, Kai Tahu.

Opawaho has been translated as "the outer, or seaward, pa" or "outpost". A Kai Tahu village or outpost settlement was built near where the Opawa Railway Station now stands, and the river become known as the stream of the outer pa or outpost.

The area was an important mahinga kaia source of plentiful food, especially tuere (blind eel) and kanakana (lamprey). The Opawaho was also part of a much used route from the Estuary through to Waihora/Lake Ellesmere for people from other nearby kainga. A track, called Pohoareare after an Opawaho chief, led from Opawaho over the sandhills around Ihutai/Bromley to the New Brighton area.

When pakeha came to the area, they called the river Heathcote. Captain Joseph Thomas, the Canterbury Association's surveyor, named it after Sir William Heathcote, who was a committee member of the Association in England.


Dacre Street

Named after Thomas Sydney Dacre (1883-1943).


Dacre, a barrister and solicitor, was instrumental in bringing about the amalgamation of North Linwood with the city of Christchurch in 1918. "All his life he was keenly interested in architecture and the development of the city. He roaded several blocks of land for building sites". He lived at 20 Linwood Avenue.

First appears in street directories in 1927.

"Obituary, Mr T. S. Dacre", The Press, 12 May 1943, p 5

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