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Early Hutt River flood (1st of 2)

Early Hutt River flood

Because the Hutt River near Wellington was a transport route, it was natural for buildings to be sited alongside. The Aglionby Arms (centre) was one of the first hotels. This engraving, from a drawing made in the early 1840s, shows an idyllic view of the hotel. Unfortunately the early inhabitants did not realise that the Hutt River flooded regularly.

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Alexander Turnbull Library
Reference: A-109-024
Engraving by Samuel Charles Brees

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Eileen McSaveney, 'Floods - 19th-century floods', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 8 December 2023)

Story by Eileen McSaveney, published 12 Jun 2006, reviewed & revised 1 Aug 2017