Street Stories: Early Settlers
Perry Street

Bennett Pascoe Perry was a son-in-law of Joseph Masters, marrying his second daughter Mary Anne

He was the son of John Perry and his wife and Frances Pascoe, Cornish migrants to the New Plymouth settlement who were involved in attempts to establish an iron sand business in Taranaki. Two of their sons, Bennett Pascoe and Walter, settled in Masterton.

B.P. Perry owned much land around the township of Masterton, including the block of land between Queen and Chapel Street on which Perry Street was constructed.

Originally Perry Street went as far west as the current Coradine Street, then turned north to meet Hall Street (now Lincoln Road). As the street was extended the extensions took on a number of other names. It was called Pine Street up to VIlla Street, and Junction Street up to the Railway Station. These streets have now all been incorporated into Perry Street.

Pic: Bennett Pascoe Perry married Joseph and Sarah Masters' daughter Mary.