Letter, Violet Wilmer

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30 Nov 2005

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Letter to the Be Our Guest competition by Violet Wilmer (nee Houlton). She writes about her memories of the 1931 Hawke's Bay earthquake.

Violet was nine years old in 1931 and at Mahora School in Hastings. She was sitting outside when a chimney fell on Shona Spense who was sitting next to her. The children ran towards the gate and when one child fell, they all fell on top of each other. Her father came to get Violet and her sister. He was the head gardener for Miss Elsie Williams. The family lived in Frimley and their water tank had landed in a bedroom. They slept on the side of the road for three months. The children were sent to get food when it was distributed.
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Media/Materials description
Handwritten on lined note paper.
In the Be Our Guest Folder No 2.: Height x Width: 230 x 157mm
Subject period
Subject date
03 Feb 1931
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gifted by Violet Wilmer
Other number(s)
m2006/27/104, 35133

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