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Lower Hutt Past and Present (1941)

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Statistics of Lower Hutt

Population

White Population
Year
1839 1(Includes Petone)
1840 1600(Includes Petone) Estimated
1841 60to 100 families
1845 644(Includes Petone)
1874 1063(Includes Petone). (First Census)
1878 775
1886 852
Within the Borough Capital Value
1891 1,329 £211,828
1901 1,822 351,048
1911 4,240 1,531,245
1921 5,730 1,478,508
1923 6,040 1,502,474
1928 10,610 2,694,971
1931 13,88 0 4,702,152
1936 15,953 5,951,016
1940 21,000(September) 6,937,805
1941 22,010*(Estimated)
1946 30,800(Estimated)
1951 43,150(Estimated)
* Plus approximately 2,000 in area to be added as from 1st, April, 1941.
Native Population
1840 60
1843 350
1850 48
1926 114
1940 120
Population within air-line radius of 100 miles, 375,000, or 221/2 per cent. of the population of New Zealand.
Area.
Years. Controlling Authority. Acres.
1874-1881 Board of Commissioners 1200
1881-1891 Hutt Town Board 1200
1891-1941 Lower Hutt Borough Council 3706
1941- Lower Hutt City Council (approx.) 5480
Borough Statistics, 1940.
Unimproved value 1,898,600
Improvements 5,039,205
Capital value 6,937,805
Total revenue 127,817
Rates levied 89,120
Total expenditure 1 26,075
Interest paid 16,340
Public debt (net) 257,680
Accumulated sinking funds. 31,381
Cash assets 28,462
Total assets 386,345
Liabilities 14,583
Rateable properties 5138
Dwellings 5047
Ratepayers 4953
Rates collected, per cent 87.80
Streets, miles 56
Streets sealed, miles 37
Footpaths, sealed, miles 84
Building permits, issued* 390
Building permits, value 245,770
* Exclusive of State houses, for which no permits are required.
Rates on unimproved value—General 7 1/4d.
Rates on unimproved value—Total consolidated 1/-
Rates on capital value—Total consolidated equals 3.3d.
Water Rate, per cent. on annual value 3/4 or 1 1/2
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Meteorological.
Average per month for 37 years.
Summer Winter Mean Total for year
Temperature, Fah 61.2 47.4 54
Bright sunshine, hours 231 108 171 2048
Rainfall, inches 3.25 4.5 4.1 49.1
Latitude, 41deg. 12min. 36.5 sec. south
Longitude, 174deg. 54min. 05.8sec. east
Height above sea level (mean high water mark), At the corner of the new Post Office.

Lower Hutt Parliamentary And Other Representatives.
Members op The House Of Representatives
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Hutt Electorate.
Bell, Sir Francis Dillon 1855–56
Fitzherbert, Henry Samuel 1884–90
Fitzherbert, Sir William 1858–79
Jackson, Henry 1879
Ludlam, Alfred 1853–56
1866–70
Mason, Thomas 1879–84
Nash, Walter 1929–
Newman, Alfred Kingcome 1890–93
Renall, Alfred W 1858–66
Revans, Samuel 1856–58
Wakefield, Edward Gibbon 1853–55
Wilford, Sir Thomas Mason 1902–29
Wellington Suburbs
(Included Hutt, 1893–1902).
Newman, Alfred Kingcome 1893–96
Wilford, Sir Thomas Mason 1896–97
1899–02
Wilson Charles 1897–99
Provincial Councillors.
Barton, Richard 1861–65
Buck, George 1861–65
Burt, Richard 1865–69
1872–73
Corbett, William 1857–58
Cruickshank, James 1873–76
Fagan, Steven 1865–73
Fitzherbert, William 1859–65
Hart, George 1853–61
Ludlam, Alfred 1853–61
1865–76
McDowell, William 1865–69
McEwen, David 1861–65
Milne, William Scott 1856–57
1865–76
Phillips, William 1857–61
Renall, Alfred 1853–57
Wakefield, Edward Gibbon 1853–55
Wakefield, Edward Jerningham 1855–57
Whitewood, William Matson 1861–65
Wilcock, William 1857–61
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Historical Incidents Affecting Lower Hutt.

1839 Survey Ship "Tory" arrived. Land purchased.
1840 Settlers arrived. Wellington founded.
1841 Wellington-Petone road completed.
1842 Petone-Hutt road completed.
1843 Hutt-Taita road completed.
1844 First Bridge opened.
1845 Fort Richmond built.
1846 Maori Wars commenced. Boulcott's Farm Fight.
1847 Second Bridge built.
1848 Severe earthquake.
1853 Provincial Government established.
1855 Great earthquake. Second Bridge damaged.
1856 Third Bridge and Toll-gate opened.
1858 Great flood. Several lives lost.
1861 Blockhouse built. Taita School opened.
1863 Cook Strait cable laid.
1866 Dr. Wilford commenced practice.
1868 Flood destroyed Hutt Bridge.
1869 Blockhouse removed to Riddiford Park site.
1870 Telegraphic communications established.
1872 Small Farms Scheme inaugurated. Fourth Bridge opened.
1874 Hutt Railway opened. Board of Commissioners elected.
1875 Provinces abolished.
1877 Hutt County Council established.
1879 First Hutt River Board formed.
1881 Hutt Town Board established. Telephone Exchange opened.
1890 First Licensing Committee elected.
1891 Lower Hutt Borough Council established.
1899 Hutt River Board established.
1900 Gas made available.
1901 Stop-banks commenced.
1904 Fifth Bridge opened. Stop-banks completed.
1905 Fire Brigade commenced.
1908 Water & Drainage scheme introduced. Main Trunk Railway opened.
1910 Moving pictures introduced.
1914 Panama Canal opened. Great War commenced.
1918 Influenza epidemic. Peace declared.
1922 Plunket Nurse appointed. Gas Board established.
1924 Hutt Road paved.
1925 Electricity made available. Moera developed.
1926 Riddiford Baths opened. Petrol pumps installed.
1927 Summer-time inaugurated. Waterloo railway opened.
1929 Hutt Workshops opened. Sixth Bridge opened.
1930 Oil Tanks erected at Seaview Road.
1932 Automatic Telephone Exchange opened.
1934 Grandstand erected at Recreation Ground.
1935 First Industrial Exhibition held.
1939 Centennial Exhibition opened. Floodlights erected at Recreation Ground. War declared.
1940 Population of Borough exceeds 20,000.
1941 Jubilee of Borough. Jubilee Park opened. Lower Hutt proclaimed a City.

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