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Grafton is a suburb of Auckland City. Once known as 'Grafton Heights', denoting its history as a well-off suburb in Auckland's earliest decades. The suburb is characterised by its many historic buildings, many of them essentially unchanged from the early decades of the 20th century. The extents of the suburb have shrunk with the motorway and arterial road construction of the middle 20th century.
Meaning of place name
The suburb is named for the Duke of Grafton, a patron of the first Governor of New Zealand, William Hobson, and the grandfather of a subsequent Governor, Robert FitzRoy.