Newspaper, The Weekender of Christchurch

C M Banks Ltd
New Spectator Company Limited
Production date
12 Mar 1931

Object detail

Brief Description
One copy of the newspaper The Weekender, of Christchurch.

Special overseas edition (Third).

Front page headlines:
Great Earthquake Disaster Costs Many Lives
Towns crumpled to ruins in Ninety Seconds
Full story of Greatest Disaster in Southern Hemisphere.

The first two pages have a written account of the 3 February 1931 earthquake. The written account uses many adjectives in its description and examples of individuals plights to show the extent of the tragedy. The writer tells the story of Mrs Tom Barry senior who was trapped under a girder at the St John's Anglican Cathedral in Napier. Many people tried to release her but a fire started in the building and when it was apparent that she could not be saved, a doctor gave her an injection of morphine.
Another story recounts how a man walked sixty miles to Napier, with bleeding feet, to find his wife who was in hospital having just given birth.
The story of the heroism of the nurses who survived the collapse of the Nurses Home to search for colleagues who were trapped or to help recover patients from the hospital and move them to safety. The author calls this The White Light of Courage.

The third page has a map showing the extent of the earthquake zone.
The remaining pages depict photographs of the damage to Hastings and Napier taken by the Weekender's own photographer.

The back cover of The Weekender shows an advertisement for Shell Motor, Spirit and Oils.
Production date
12 Mar 1931
Production period
Production technique
Media/Materials description
Black ink on paper
Height x Width: 280 x 216mm
Subject period
Subject date
03 Feb 1931
Post 03 Feb 1931
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