Our survey of Matheson place names in New Zealand has been expanded to include Mathieson place names: five roads/streets/avenues found so far. Check them out here, with links to Google maps, and let us know if you find any more!
In our survey of clan-related place names in New Zealand, we’ve so far found five streets or roads with the name Mathieson. Do you know of more?
These are listed from north to south, with links to Google maps.
Mathieson Road, Karapiro, Waipa, is named after pioneer farmers in the area. According to Eris Parker in an article published by the Cambridge Museum: “Mr and Mrs Horace Mathieson arrived in 1907 and in 32 years had transformed their 600 acres of bush and scrub into a highly productive farm. In those days the only form of transport was a pack horse led over a bridle track and the only way to get anything done was with the aid of a sharp axe, strong arms and a stout heart.”
Mathieson Avenue, Khandallah, Wellington. This short street off Ranui Crescent was originally a private road servicing a subdivision, but was later taken over as a public road. The landowner, George James Macdonald, subdivided the land and the road took the maiden name of his wife. There’s quite a story attached to this landowner, which is told here.
Mathieson Street, Waverley, Dunedin is probably named after John Mathieson and Catherine Mathieson, who farmed Grants Brae farm here in the 1850s and 1860s soon after arriving from Scotland, before moving a little further along Otago Peninsula to establish Springfield farm. They were pioneers of New Zealand’s dairy industry, establishing the country’s first cooperative cheese factory in 1871.
Google maps shows a Mathieson Road at Waipahi in Clutha district, but it’s signposted as Matheson Road so we have listed it on the relevant page.