Letter and photograph, Jean Brown

Brown, Jean
Production date
31 Oct 2005

Object detail

Brief Description
Letter and photograph to the Be Our Guest competition from Jean Brown (nee Gordon) dated 31 October 2005. Jean writes about memories of the 1931 Hawke's Bay earthquake.

a) Letter written by Jean Brown. Jean was five and a half at the time of the 1931 Hawke's Bay earthquake. She lived with her parents and brothers (Allan, Max and Colin) in Gebbie Road, Taradale. Her father, Lindsay Gordon, was a bus driver doing the Taradale to Napier run. She and her brothers were at Taradale Primary School when the quake struck. Jean remembers older children taking younger children home. Jean and her mother and brothers were evacuated to Feilding by train. They returned home after two weeks and slept in tents on the lawn. Later that year they moved to Havelock North.

b) Photograph.
Production date
31 Oct 2005
Production period
Production technique
Media/Materials description
a) Handwritten in blue ink on lined paper.

b) Printed on photographic paper.
Height x Width: 200 x 128mm
Height x Width: 102 x 160mm
Subject person
Subject period
Subject date
03 Feb 1931
Credit line
gifted by Jean Brown
Other number(s)
m2006/27/115, 35444


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