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Nelson Historical Society Journal, Volume 2, Issue 1, 1966

Franklin Street:

Franklin Street:

Named after the English patriot.

Now Franklyn. At the time of naming the street, Sir John Franklin was Governor of Tasmania, and visited Wellington with Lady Franklin in March, 1841. A ship calling at Nelson in 1843 was named the Sir John Franklin. The street name occurs in Wellington and Murchison but in all cases it is spelt with an -i and not a -y.

An alternative suggestion is the name of a governor of Nelson College but that seems a bit late.