Kōrero: Historic places

Upper Hutt blockhouse

 Upper Hutt blockhouse

The Upper Hutt blockhouse and grounds was acquired by the state in 1916 under the Scenery Preservation Act 1903. The American-style fortification was built in 1860 in response to a settler fear that the New Zealand wars might extend to the district. It had loopholes for firing rifles and a double-skin timber frame with shingle infill for protection against gunfire. Originally it did not have windows – those were added later. It was briefly occupied by a small militia, but when the expected fighting never came it was evacuated. It was one of the few blockhouses to survive into the 20th century and its rarity increased its historical importance.

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Me pēnei te tohu i te whārangi:

Ben Schrader, 'Historic places - Historical awakenings, 1900s to 1920s', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/mi/photograph/42127/upper-hutt-blockhouse (accessed 17 September 2019)

Story by Ben Schrader, published 22 Oct 2014, updated 19 Aug 2016