By Jeremy Ruane
It was after this ship, the Canberra, that Canberra Avenue, Lynfield was named, this whole area being land formerly owned by the Auckland Harbour Board.
Hence why there are so many ships' names for local Lynfield streets; Mariposa, Canberra, Oriana, Orsova, Orcades, Gothic, Iberia, Niagara, Royal Viking, Marco Polo, Andes, Fairsea, Flavia, Strathnaver, Mauretania, Caronia, Sylvania, Ascania, Himalaya and Athenic are all passenger liners of varying vintage, many of them Cunard or P&O vessels.
Rangitiki, Rangitane, and Rangitata were ships operated by the NZ Shipping Company, while Wanganella was a trans-Tasman passenger liner based in Australia.
The only exception to the theme is Godwit Place, which was named after a container ship (and the symbol of NAC (National Airways Corporation), our national domestic airline, which merged with Air NZ in 1978 to form the national flag carrier we know today).
Halsey Drive recognises Admiral Lionel Halsey, Commanding Officer of the WW1 battlecruiser HMS New Zealand, who was also the Fleet Commodore - hence Commodore Drive.