Drawing, On Board SS Ruapehu Leaving for Wellington

Lawrence, Rona Katherine
Production date
Post 03 Feb 1931
Current rights
All Rights Reserved

Object detail

Brief Description
A charcoal pencil drawing by Rona Lawrence, titled: Earthquake Memories. Number 2. On Board SS Ruapehu Leaving for Wellington.

The drawing shows the back view of a girl and a boy standing by the rails on the deck of the SS Ruapehu. The ship is identified as the Ruapehu by two lifebelts which carry the ship's name. The children are looking towards Bluff Hill and the burning fires in Napier. Both fires are highlighted in red. A small vessel appears to be heading away from the fires towards two larger ships visible from the deck of the Ruapehu. The drawing depicts the evacuation of people from Napier via the freighters Northumberland and Ruapehu following the 1931 Hawke's Bay earthquake. In the distance the smoke from fires which burned in Napier for over 30 hours, can be seen.
Production date
Post 03 Feb 1931
Production period
Production technique
Media/Materials description
Charcoal and coloured pencil on paper.
Height x Width: 252 x 302mm
Classification terms
Subject period
Subject date
Feb 1931
Credit line
gifted by Rona Lawrence
Other number(s)
m99/3/1, 68226


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