Letter, Liv Scott

Scott, Liv
Production date
23 Feb 2001

Object detail

Brief Description
A two-page letter dated 23 February 2001, written by Liv or possibly Lin Scott recalling memories of the 1931 Hawke's Bay earthquake. The author attended Parkvale School in Hastings and was outside when the earthquake struck. The children saw dust and smoke over the shopping area in the distance.

The author's mother, Annie, narrowly avoided injury when the top of a neighbour's brick chimney fell near her. The father, Bill, lost his shoes as he ran to the school, only to find that all was well. At their home, everything had been thrown from the cupboards. Their water had been cut off but there was an artesian well on a neighbouring section where they were able to obtain it in buckets. They constructed an outdoor shelter and along with neighbours spent nearly a month living outside. Having recently moved into their home, much of the time was spent getting to know their neighbours.

The author's writes of looters and of supplies of free groceries being distributed at Central School. They were also able to obtain a bell tent from the army. When school resumed, classes were held outside, under the trees. Temporary shops were eventually constructed in the town.

The letter has a signature at the bottom left of page two.
Production date
23 Feb 2001
Production period
Production technique
Media/Materials description
Handwritten in black ink on lined paper.
Height x Width: 295 x 210mm
Subject person
Subject period
Subject date
03 Feb 1931
Post 03 Feb 1931
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