Story: Floods

Little George Street, Wellington

A row of eight flooded cottages, and people in a rowboat.

Many of the early Hutt Valley settlers moved to Wellington to escape floods. But this did not always prove a wise decision, because parts of the town were also prone to flooding – as shown by this photograph of the suburb of Thorndon, in 1893.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, Making New Zealand Centennial Collection (PAColl-3060)
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Eileen McSaveney, 'Floods - 19th-century floods', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 18 June 2024)

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