Letter, Noeline Wesney

Wesney, Noeline
Production date
28 Nov 2005

Object detail

Brief Description
Entry to the Be Our Guest competition by Noeline Wesney. She writes about her memories of the 1931 Hawke's Bay earthquake. Titled: Big Girls Don't Cry.

Noeline Wesney was six years old at the time of the 1931 Hawke's Bay earthquake. She was one of three girls and was at Hastings Central School, in the school buildings during the earthquake. She found herself alone after the quake and saw a teacher lying on the floor, not moving. Noeline remembers screaming and screaming. Her father collected Noeline and her older sister from school. Her sister was seven and comforting younger children at a collapsed fence, where they had all gathered.

The family lived in Lyndon Road. They stayed at Noeline's grandmother's house going via Cornwall Park. They camped with other families on an empty paddock. The men would leave early in the morning to help with the fires or with funerals. Some of the older women were taken to stay at undamaged houses with real beds. They were later evacuated to stay in Woodville. Noeline's father worked as a temporary undertaker at funerals in Napier. The beginning of Noeline's account is of the thoughts going through her head just before, and at the time of the quake.
Production date
28 Nov 2005
Production period
Production technique
Media/Materials description
A4 printed sheets. Printed in black ink on pink paper.
In the Be Our Guest Folder No 2.: Height x Width: 297 x 210mm
N W / 28/11/05, Initials
Subject person
Subject period
Subject date
03 Feb 1931
Credit line
gifted by Noeline Wesney
Other number(s)
m2006/27/131, 35920


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