Letter, Sheila Sinclair

Sinclair, Sheila

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Brief Description
Letter to the Be Our Guest competition by Sheila Sinclair. She writes about her memories of the 1931 Hawke's Bay earthquake.

Sheila was in Standard 5 at Napier Central School. Following the earthquake pupils were told to go home by the headmaster. She walked home to Lincoln Road with a friend. She remembers seeing only two people and collapsed houses. Water from a water tank was running down Milton Road.

Sheila and her mother collected her sisters from Napier Girls' High School. They tried to find some food but could only get Weetbix. They saw the damage in the town and also went to the hospital. Sheila and her sister were left on the lawn of the Ormond Chapel while her mother went to see if help was needed. They were evacuated to Palmerston North where they stayed with relatives for six weeks. Sheila was in temporary classes at Tin Town when she returned to Napier.
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Media/Materials description
Printed on unlined paper.
In the Be Our Guest Folder No 2.: Height x Width: 297 x 210mm
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Subject date
03 Feb 1931
Credit line
gifted by Sheila Sinclair
Other number(s)
m2006/27/116, 35445


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