How do you pronounce Jervois Quay?
By - redsheetsjake
Zher vois would be French pronunciation.
Garvis is an Anglicised version, which is what it originally was (named after the fellow etc etc)
Jer voice is what most people call it now locally around Wellington. Maybe we’re uncultured, whatever. You could argue the English were just mispronouncing French anyway.
Same goes for Beauchamp. Beecham is an established Anglicisation, named after Harold Beauchamp, (father of Katherine Mansfield, he pronounced it that way).
Majoribanks is also named after an early NZ company director who pronounced his name Marshbanks or Marchbanks, but no one knows that now so everyone says Marjoribanks. It’s fine, whatever.
Berhampore is generally known as Beer ram pore but that’s way off how it’s pronounced in West Bengal. But it seems it was named after a battle fought and won there by the East India Company against the locals who just wanted, you know, to live there in peace.
But oh, it would all be so much harder if we used Māori names, they’re so hard to pronounce /s.
I pronounce them Beecham and Marchbank, and there are a few people I know who do as well...
I used to until I lived there and needed to get taxis. Automated voice pick up thing did not like Marchbanks or Marshbanks or Marshabanks. It did, however, respond to m' JAW ree banks. I was so sad when I realised I would need to change how I pronounced it.
Very informative, thanks.
You would not pronounce it that way in French, and it's French.
i've always heard it locally as "ger-voice key"
But found this;
"Jervois Quay, which stretches along the central city's waterfront, was named after Sir William Francis Drummond Jervois, Governor General of New Zealand from 1883 to 1888. Jervois name was pronounced "Jar-vis", according to the Australian Dictionary of Biography."
Whack, I’ve always called it Zher-vwah Key. Didn’t grow up in Wellies though
U got it
Where does the Z come from??
Just trying to write a frenchified “J”.
Siri calls it “Jarvis” Quay … so who knows what it’s actually meant to sound like.
Left to my own devices I’d pronounce it “jer-vwah key”, but I don’t know why.
Google maps calls it Jer-vwah! The Apple vs Android saga continues....
Edit: but then again, it also pronounces it taRAAAAHHnaki street, so 🤷♂️
Wadestown used to be pronounced Wad-iss-town by the Uber driver's maps read out speech thing.
The amused the hell out of me.
While we're on the subject, how about Majoribanks Street? There's no R before the J, yet so many people pronounce it "marjory-banks", it's weird
My grandmother would always say 'march-banks' which sounded ridiculous but has turned out to actually be correct...
What? How the f*** didn't I know this?
Some people pronounce it MA-jor-ee-banks while some others pronounce it ma-JOR-ee-banks.
Believe it or not, the correct pronunciation is actually March-banks! That's how the surname is pronounced at least - see [here](https://www.clinkhostels.com/guide/10-things-even-londoners-struggle-to-pronounce/#:~:text=Marjoribanks%20(mar%2Fch%2Fbanks\)) The problem is that nobody will know what the hell you're talking about if you do use that pronunciation
Oh awesome, thanks for the info. I'm pedantic and stubborn enough to start saying it like this from now on, other people be damned
It's pronounced Cholmondeley.
Major I. Banks
There's supposed to be an R before the J though
Oh wow, just looked that up, I had no idea
I *know* the council refers to its historian saying it is correctly Jarvis Quay...but growing up I only ever heard Jervoice.
In saying that people used to also work for Nessels (Nestle) so who bloody knows.
I grew up here and agree, it’s always been Jer-voice to me.
chur voice kee
Jer Voys Key.
If I’m talking from my white trash roots I’d say “jar-vis key” if I’m trying to be bougie “jear -vwa key “
Zhur Vwa, isn’t it French?
Uncultured swine in here all probably think Beauchamp = Beacham...
Spot the Karori resident!
If you pronounce it “Beau shamp” people are like where is that?
Pretty sure it was pronounced like Beau shim in Tawa also but I have no doubt the pronunciation is different now and everyone just calls it beachem.
Beecham is correct
Ahh now I am confused what the heck i remember! Maybe beau champ.
Can't tell is missing /s
Hyacinth Bucket and Siobhan would like to have a word about spelling and pronunciation.
See-oh-ban? Don’t know her, is she a friend of Shavawn?
Now try a harder one:
A hill near Porangahau.
That ones quite easy for me, we spent a day in Maori class breaking it down into chunks and pronouncing it properly. Once you get the Maori vowel sounds sussed, it's quite rhythmic to say.
Jervois, on the other hand, I've got no clue.
Ger voice key
I must be the only person who thought it was ger-voy and I’ve lived here since 2004