Letter, A M Grant

Grant, A M

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Brief Description
Letter to the Be Our Guest competition written by A M Grant, about memories of the 1931 Hawke's Bay earthquake, titled: My memory of the 1931 Quake at age 2 years 3 months.

Mr A M Grant was rescued from his cot and the family home by the housekeeper Bella, as his parents had travelled to Rotorua that day. They went to Rotorua for a second honeymoon to celebrate being mortgage free. Dulcie Grant, his mother, was so concerned about her feeling that something was wrong in Hastings, that her husband Alan tried to call Hastings from Rotorua and couldn't get through. He got a lift to Hastings in a Tiger Moth that was about to leave. Dulcie Grant returned in their hire car driven by another Hastings man who wanted to return to find his family. Mr Grant's next memory is of sleeping under a gooseberry bush. He remembers that after the quake when he and his brothers were in bed and his mother could hear the peacocks screeching in Cornwall Park, she would know another quake was on its way and would get them out of bed. The family lived at 609 Nelson Street.
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Media/Materials description
Handwritten on lined paper in black ink.
In the Be Our Guest Folder No 2.: Height x Width: 252 x 205mm
Subject person
Subject period
Subject date
03 Feb 1931
Credit line
gifted by Mr A M Grant
Other number(s)
m2006/27/142, 36031


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