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Events In History

2 July 1938

On 2 July 1938, Minister of Railways Dan Sullivan and Wellington Mayor Thomas Hislop officially opened the electrified rail line between central Wellington and the northern suburb of Johnsonville.

Johnsonville sits in a small basin and is Wellington city’s northern hub. It began as a small rural service town in the 19th century, growing rapidly after 1938, when a new electric train service linked it to the city. In the 1960s Wellington’s first shopping mall was built in the suburb.
Meaning of place name
Named after Frank Johnson, an early sawmiller