Letter, Jack French

French, Jack

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Brief Description
Entry to the Be Our Guest competition from Jack French about his memories of the 1931 Hawke's Bay earthquake.

Jack was a pupil at Mahora School in Hastings at the time of the 1931 earthquake. He was six years old, and his sister was 5 years old. His parents had an orchard on Lyndhurst Road. The family travelled to Napier via many different routes because there were no bridges to get to the hospital to check on an injured neighbour's son. They could not go down Georges Drive as the road was cracked. They had to fend off people who were climbing on the running board of the car fearing a tidal wave was imminent. They found the neighbour's son Allan safe in the Botanical Gardens. Jack's mother spent all the money she had on tinned food on their way back to Hastings. Jack and his family slept in their lounge along with sixteen friends.
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Production technique
Media/Materials description
Handwritten in blue ink on lined paper.
In the Be Our Guest Folder No 2.: Height x Width: 200 x 127mm
Subject person
Subject period
Subject date
03 Feb 1931
Credit line
gifted by Jack French
Other number(s)
m2006/27/135, 36003


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