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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 Hostel).
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 tremendous changes.
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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