Aglionby Street in Alicetown, Lower Hutt, is named in honour of Henry Aglionby Aglionby (1790-1854), a British barrister and Whig politician who played an influential role in the New Zealand Company between 1840 and 1850. The company was responsible for promoting and funding the settlement of New Zealand, with a focus on the systematic colonisation of several regions, including Wellington and the Hutt Valley. Aglionby’s involvement with the company contributed to the development of these areas and the establishment of European settlements in the region.
As a prominent figure in the New Zealand Company, Aglionby’s legacy is commemorated through the naming of Aglionby Street in Alicetown, Lower Hutt. This tribute acknowledges the impact his work with the company had on the early settlement and growth of the Hutt Valley and surrounding regions. The street name serves as a reminder of the individuals who played significant roles in shaping the history of New Zealand’s colonisation by Europeans, and their contribution to the development of Lower Hutt and the wider area.