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Lower Hutt Past and Present (1941)



Owing to War conditions the proposed celebrations to mark the Jubilee of the Borough of Lower Hutt, and its elevation to City status, has been considerably curtailed.
Because of the need to conserve paper supplies, this history has also been abridged, but I feel sure readers will find herein a story of absorbing interest: a narrative that sets forth in limited manner something of the past history; and aims to give the people of future generations some knowledge of those who inhabit this district to-day, and the planning envisaged by its administrators.
I desire to acknowledge with thanks the wonderful service that has been rendered by Mr. William Toomath, Secretary of the Early Settlers' Association, and Mr. Lance Hall, who have been responsible for the compilation and verification of most of the information contained in the brochure; and for the articles and photographs supplied by various organizations and individuals.
From very modest beginnings the Borough has grown until to-day, with a population of over 21,000, it is to be proclaimed a City.
Its character also is in a stage of transition, and industrial and commercial developments, just in their early stages, make interesting studies for the planners of the future.
I pay tribute to the past administrators for the security of the foundation so faithfully laid, and trust that their unselfish efforts may ever prove an inspiration to the leaders and people of the City of the future.
Amidst all that is new and so rapidly changing, there still remains a large sprinkling of the older generation, of whom we are justly proud, and to them this booklet is humbly dedicated.
J. W. Andrews.

January, 1941.

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