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Local History

Local History at Hutt City Libraries

Hutt City Libraries hold a range of resources of interest to those researching the history of Lower Hutt and the Hutt Valley area.

Collections include material on local people and families, businesses, societies and clubs, as well as social, political and economic history. Local history resources can be searched for on the Hutt City Libraries’ catalogue or found in the Petone Library Heritage Centre.

Hutt City Libraries aim to ensure that Hutt City's documentary heritage remains accessible. All material at the Petone Library Heritage Centre is Reference only. Items may be copied for research purposes.

Local History Resources

Histories, biographies, literature, Council publications, reference works, school and church histories are available through Hutt City Libraries as well as resources to assist with local history research. See a selection of local history books on our catalogue.

Other Hutt City Council agencies holding local history resources

Hutt City Council Archive
Unit 6, Birchwood Complex, 487 Hutt Road, Lower Hutt
Phone: (04) 589 0460
Archives on the Hutt City Council website

Petone Settlers Museum
The Esplanade, Petone
Phone: (04) 568 8373

Local Historical Societies

Historical Society of Eastbourne
Dennis Davidson
C/- Eastbourne Library
The Society's collections can be searched on the library catalogue.

Lower Hutt Historical Society
P.O. Box 30-014, Lower Hutt

Graeme Ross,
Phone: (04) 565 1992

Gerald Davidson,
Phone: (04) 938 3723

Petone Historical Society
Roy Hewson
Phone: (04) 568 6449

Wainuiomata Historical Museum Society
PO Box 43 220, Wainuiomata 5048
Email: or

Organisations in the Wellington Region that hold records about Lower Hutt

Alexander Turnbull Library
New Zealand’s national documentary heritage collections, including both published and unpublished items, are held in the Alexander Turnbull Library.
70 Molesworth Street, Wellington
Phone: (04) 474 3000
Link to information about the Alexander Turnbull collections on the National Library website.

Archives New Zeland
Archives New Zealand hold material and records relating to the New Zealand Government.
10 Mulgrave Street, Wellington
Phone: (04) 499 5595
General email:

Upper Hutt Public Library
Includes the Upper Hutt Community Archive. The Recollect database of digitised heritage material relating to Upper Hutt is available online.
844 Fergusson Drive, Upper Hutt 5018
Phone: (04) 527 2117

Wellington City Archives
Holds collections relating to local and family history in Wellington, including maps, year books, staff records and much more. The archives can be searched online or make an appointment to visit them in person.
28 Barker Street (off Cambridge Terrace), Wellington 6011
Phone:(04) 801 2096

Wellington City Libraries
Wellington City Libraries has a collection of local and family history resources including books, photographs, films, oral histories and more.
Central Library, 65 Victoria Street, Wellington 6011
Phone: (04) 801 4047