Letter, Hazel Densen

Densen, Hazel

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Brief Description
Letter to the Be Our Guest competition written by Hazel Densen about her memories of the 1931 Hawke's Bay earthquake.

Hazel was about to start school on 3 February 1931. She was at home with her mother, and her father was at work. She was playing with stilts made of Golden Syrup tins when the bricks from the chimney started to fall down around her. She wasn't injured. A wardrobe fell down, narrowly missing her mother. They stayed outside in a paddock until her father came home. Her brother and sister were at Parkvale School. She remembers cooking outside for a long time but the family slept inside. She remembers the metal weights in the windows rattling at night.
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Media/Materials description
Handwritten on unlined paper.
In the Be Our Guest Folder No 2.: Height x Width: 295 x 210mm
Subject person
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Subject date
03 Feb 1931
Credit line
gifted by Mrs Hazel Densen
Other number(s)
m2006/27/144, 36042


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