Posts tagged with memorials

Remembering the Canterbury Earthquakes

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This Sunday marks the fourth anniversary of the devastating earthquake that shook the city of Christchurch, claiming the lives of 185 people and changing those of thousands of residents in ways that it is often hard to conceive unless experienced. In Te Papa’s commemorative display (20 February to 22 March 2015), we remember those who passed… Read more »

The Brunner mine disaster

Dave McMillan (West Coast Historical and Mechanical Society Board member), Julia Bradshaw (Interpretation Manager), myself (Lucinda Blackley) and Jackie Gurden (Redevelopment Project Manager) at Shantytown.

The tragic news from the Pike River mine has put me in mind of another mining disaster on the West Coast.  In 1896 sixty-five workers were killed at the Brunner mine after a methane-gas explosion. It was New Zealand’s worst industrial accident. On the morning of 26th March, 1896, an explosion ripped through the mine…. Read more »