New Zealand facts & history in brief
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is a Hutt Valley
suburb of Wellington, or at
least it used to be.
Now it is probably part
of Upper Hutt City.
Another one of those places
'been there, done that', but can't
find out much about it.
It is on the electric train route
to Upper Hutt from Wellington.
After our arrival to New Zealand
in January 1957, as Hungarian
refugees we spent a few days at
Mangere (Auckland) and than
we were taken by train to Wellington
and bussed to the 'Trentham Immigration
Hostel', where we went through the
formalities of getting registered
and were offered a
selection of job offers.
I only stayed at the 'Hostel' for
a few days, but later returned
to work there.
Apart from the Immigration Hostel,
(which was a American Military Camp,
during W.W.II, and parts of it were
taken over by the New Zealand Army,
a prison, P&T - Post & Telegraph
- workers hostel and the Immigration
There is also the famous and popular
Trentham Racecourse, just across
the road from our camp.
A few years ago I revisited
Trentham and there were
Most of the Hostel was gone or
grossly neglected, new developments
taking place all around.
You can click on these photos for an enlargement.
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