Story: Floods

Damage to the Aglionby Arms

A two-storey wooden building falling down into a river.

Because the Hutt River near Wellington was a transport route, it was natural for buildings to be sited alongside it. Unfortunately the early Pākehā inhabitants did not realise that the Hutt River flooded – and changed its course – frequently.

The Aglionby Arms was one of the first hotels in the lower Hutt Valley. This watercolour shows the hotel off its foundations after the Hutt River flooded. The date is uncertain, but it may have been in 1858, when a large flood caused loss of life in Hutt Valley.

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Alexander Turnbull Library
Reference: A-032-024
Watercolour by Robert Park

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How to cite this page:

Eileen McSaveney, 'Floods - 19th-century floods', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 23 July 2024)

Story by Eileen McSaveney, published 12 Jun 2006, reviewed & revised 1 Feb 2024