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Hutt City has a special place in the history of early New Zealand settlement, with Petone being the first formalised settlement of the New Zealand Company in 1840.
If you’re after local and family history, the heritage centre at the Petone Library has a rich collection of resources available to everyone.
Find out here about the history of our area since settlement in 1840 – how we got our name, our Maori heritage, and milestones of significance between then and now.
Whether you’re doing a local history project, looking into your family tree or wanting to search an old newspaper, the team at Hutt City Libraries can help.
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