From our did you know files.
John Henry Colwill was a well known and prominent personality in the early part of last century. He owned many acres of land in Massey and a number of roads in the area are named after him, or have something to do with what he did, owned or are named after members of his family. For example Lincoln Park Avenue was the driveway to his home.
Royal Road is named after the typewriter franchise Mr Colwill owned, while Waimumu Road is named after the boat he used to travel into Auckland City from the Massey area.