The road now known as Johnstone Street was first recorded as the Makora Road, as it led to that area. The name came to be displaced and is now applied to another street. It was also sometimes known as Mangaakuta Road, Te Whiti Road and Homebush Road. Brothers Alexander Johnston and Robert Johnstone, after whom the road is named, were farmers in the area. They are remembered as being strong supporters of the Masterton Agricultural and Pastoral Society and the Presbyterian Church.