Letter, Jeanne Herries

Herries, Jeanne

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Brief Description
Letter to the Be Our Guest competition written by Jeanne Herries (nee Crook) about her memories of the 1931 Hawke's Bay earthquake. The letter is titled: The experiences and near misses of the Crook family during the 1931 earthquake.

Jeanne Herries was five years old, and it was her first day at Mahora School. Her father was Ernest William Crook, a signwriter, and the family lived in Evenden Road, Hastings. Jeanne had sisters Marjorie and Audrey, and brothers Stan and Phil. Jeanne was the sixth of the Crook children. She remembers the wave movement of the ground as she ran away from the building. One girl was killed at Mahora School. The family slept on the lawn and Jeanne remembers looking under her mattress to check if there was a crack in the ground. She and Audrey were sent to Levin to stay with friends. She used to teach her children to leave their clothes in a pile so they could grab them in the night and to put their shoes by their beds in case there was broken glass.
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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: 230 x 160mm
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Subject date
03 Feb 1931
Credit line
gifted by Jeanne Herries
Other number(s)
m2006/27/146, 36048


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