Epuni, Lower Hutt

Tilbury Street

Tilbury Street in Epuni, Lower Hutt, is named in honour of John Tilbury, an early settler who originally hailed from Hampshire, England. In 1874, Tilbury owned a small farm on Naenae Road, where he cultivated fruit and vegetables, raised poultry, and kept house-cows. The street name commemorates the Tilbury family’s contribution to the agricultural development of the area during the early years of European settlement in the Hutt Valley. John Tilbury’s son continued the family legacy by marrying Jeanie Rumgay, further strengthening the connection between the Tilbury and Rumgay families in the region.

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