Pelichet Bay, Dunedin

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1 month 1 week ago #557526 by Ruth
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Can anyone assist please with the local pronunciation of Pelichet Bay?  Is it as the French might say it, or simply as it looks?  Peli-shay, or Peli-chett?  Hard or soft ch?

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1 month 5 days ago #557535 by tonybaker
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I would say it has a hard "ch" and soft t...

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1 month 3 days ago - 1 month 3 days ago #557543 by Ruth
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You would say from being there and hearing it said, or you would say from the look of the word?
I should probably have a look and see where the original Pelichet came from. Presumably it was called that by a person of Scottish origin?

No, looks like he was an English-born surveyor of the harbour, connected with the NZ Company, named it after himself, or someone named it for him afterwards.  So maybe I don't need to care how it's said, if it was just some old egotistical colonist.  And besides, it's no longer called that, so maybe nobody will know whether I'm saying it correctly or not.
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1 month 3 days ago #557544 by tonybaker
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well, I am using my knowledge of French! A family of that surname came as immigrants and arrived at Wellington, but the name was De Pelichet but later records showed it as just Pelichet having dropped the French "De" or some official not understanding their language. There is mention of a Pelichet House so I guess the family established itself in what was then the bay ?

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1 month 3 days ago #557545 by Ruth
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Yes, I'd be inclined to the French pronunciation myself, but suspected that might not have been how locals said it.
Pelichet the surveyor was of the de Pelichet family.

Surnames in the records are ... confounding. I've been looking for some of a Shennan family of late. Shennan, Shennen, Shannen, Shennon, Sheunan, all manner of mistaken hearing, spelling, and transcription errors. And then before that, lots of people never wrote their own names anyway, so no spelling is particularly "correct", just the most usual in a period.

It's been a lesson for a perfectionist!

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