Nightcliff Street Names

Nightcliff Street Names are nearly all taken from the names of common plants, and while the name Nightcliff first appears on Goyder's 1869 plan of Port Darwin. it's exact origins are unclear.

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Nightcliff Clifftop Bike Track at night
Evening at Nightcliff Bike Track along Casuarina Drive

The name possibly comes from a night time landing at the site by a party from HMS Beagle on 8 September 1839. A party in a longboat came ashore, including Lieutenant John Stokes who later wrote "We had some difficulty in landing, and then in scrambling up the cliffs by the light of a lantern."

Darwin Post Office destroyed in 1942
Darwin Post Office in 1942

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Pavonia Way Nightcliff
Pavonia Way aka Nightcliff Mall

Through the week Pavonia Place is a quiet place, with a childrens playground at one end and the Groove Cafe outdoor tables at the Progress Drive end.

On a Sunday morning this is "standing room only" territory as crowds come to the Markets to browse through art and craft stalls, and buy some locally grown produce.

Nightcliff Street Names Origin of Street Name
Alstonia Street Alstonia, also known as Milkwood, is common across the coastal areas of the Territory in open forests or the margins of rain forests.
Aralia Street Aralias are a group of easily grown evergreen shrubs.
Avena Street Derived from the Latin name of a variety of grass introduced into the southern NT. There are many varieties, including the cereal oats.
Bamboo Street Another grass - bamboo is a giant tropical grass.
Banksia Street Banksia is a genus of around 170 species in the plant family Proteaceae. Named after botanist Sir Joseph Banks
Bauhinia Street There are about 200 varieties of Bauhinia, many are grown as orchid trees because of their spectacular coloured flowers.
Bouganvillia Street A popular flowering plant in Darwin which also lends its name to the Darwin Bouganvillia Festival
Camphor Street Camphor is a chemical which is produced by several species of trees. The Camphor Tree, Cinnamomum camphora, was introduced to Australia in 1822 as an ornamental tree.
Casuarina Drive Casuarina Equisetifolia is a native Australian Tree, also known as Beach Sheok or Whistling Pine.
Cedar Street Australian Red Cedar is one of Australia's few deciduous trees, with a highly prized red wood.
Clematis Street Most clematis plants are woody climbing plants with a variety of flower shapes ansd sizes.
Coolibah Street The Coolibah Tree is a good choice when you are looking for shade to boil your billy. It has a wide, dense canopy and usually grows in areas with seasonal flooding.
Cordia Street The genus Cordia contains about 300 species of shrubs and trees. Many have fragrant, showy flowers and make good garden trees.
Cunjevoi Street In Australia Cunjevoi is used as a name for two plants (Native Lily and Giant Taro) and an animal, the sea squirt which was a common food source for the local Aboriginal people.
Cypress Street Cypress Pine is the common name used for three trees in the cypress family Cupressaceae: Callitris (Australia); Actinostrobus (Australia) and Widdringtonia (Southern Africa)
Ebony Street Ebony wood is prized for its dense, black texture and often used in decorative or ornamental features.
Eugenia Street Eugenia reinwardtiana has a small edible fruit and is native to tropical Australia, Indonesia and the Pacific Islands.
Ferntree Street Named after the Northern Territory tree fern.
Frangipanni Street Mrs Pett was the schoolmistress of old Palmerston between 1900 and 1905
Stasinowsky Street Miss Jennie Stasinowsky was another of the Post Office staff killed during the Japanese bombing raid.
Stobo Crescent Robert Henry Stobo was Deck Cadet on the MV Neptunia and was Killed by Japanese bombs when the Neptunia was sunk in Darwin Harbour.
Styles Street Named after Tom Styles, an early Territory Miner associated with mines at Yam Creek, Brock Creek and Pine Creek.
Trower Road Horace M Trower, appointed Chief Lands Officer and Director of Lands for the Northern Territory 1917-21
Wellington Parade Arthur Wellington, another of the Post Office staff killed during the Japanese bombing raid in February 1942.



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