The Dominion Thursday, February 5, 1931 9
EARTHQUAKE CASUALTY LISTS MOUNT OMINOUSLY
NAPIER TO BE EVACUATED
Appalling Conditions Revealed
ARDUOUS RESCUE WORK STILL PROCEEDS
Injured Being Brought To Wellington
Although the full details of Napier’s tragedy yet remain to be told, and the ominously mounting lists of the dead and injured are by no means complete, reports which poured into Wellington yesterday and last evening from the stricken areas indicated with grim clarity that the earlier accounts of the Hawke’s Bay disaster – appalling as they were – under-stated rather than exaggerated the true position.
Napier and Hastings are smoking ruins. In Hastings a clear estimate of the damage done and an official estimate of the casualties, have been secured. There relief work is proceeding and the organisation is as complete as possible in the circumstances. In Napier, however the conditions could hardly be worse. Strenuous efforts are being made to cope with the situation to advise New Zealand of the casualties in the town. The evacuation of Napier within two days has been ordered, the authorities fearing an outbreak of serious disease if the inhabitants do not leave the town expeditiously.
The official estimate of the Hastings casualties is between 80 and 90 dead. It is reported that 31 persons were killed in Taradale, three at Wairoa, and one unknown workman at Mohaka. The authorities at Napier have issued the names of eleven dead, but there is every reason to fear that this is but the prelude to a list of shocking dimensions.
The story of Napier’s destruction is told by refugees and eye-witnesses. They describe the fate of those who were trapped in the falling buildings – the disaster which overtook the hospital, where nurses were killed in their sleep and others displayed magnificent heroism, thinking only of their patients, prisoners from the Napier prison, the walls of which collapsed, behaved in praiseworthy fashion and assisted in some of the rescue work.
An express train from the Napier area arrived in Wellington City last evening, poignant scenes being witnessed when a waiting group of residents began the search for missing relatives and friends. A train conveying injured is expected at Wellington at 4.30 a.m, to-day.
Toll of Destruction
DOMINION SPECIAL SERVICE.
Napier, February 4
Shrouded with a pall of evil-smelling smoke. Napier has become overnight a skeleton of its former self and the grave of what still remains an indeterminate number of its population of about 20,00 persons. With one gigantic sweep the earthquake has reduced the town to a heap of ruins still blazing and crumbling with every shake.
The population has become a community without a home, without food or water, and for the most part without shelter. In one moment, so suddenly was the visitation, the population was divorced from its town to become, as it were, a thing apart from the roaring mass of buildings that joined in one great conflagration from end to end of the business area.
The futility of describing the tremendous havoc, can only be realised by those who have seen the aftermath of the Dominion’s most disastrous upheaval, and particularly by those who have gone through it and yet show an almost unbelievable calmness.
Napier as a town has been wiped off the map. To-day it is a smouldering heap of ruins, the sepulchre of a prosperous port and the gaunt remains of a beautiful seaside town.
The people are wandering the streets hopelessly, yet with a fortitude born of extreme adversity. Before them the seafront has receded perhaps a hundred feet from the famous parade that itself has risen from eight to ten feet. Behind them the whole town is a reeking mass of ruins with not one building standing in the centre part enclosed by Dickens, Emerson, Tennyson and Hastings Streets
The face of the Bluff has come down across the road to Port Ahuriri and blocked access to it by land as well as by sea, at least for the moment. Whole faces of Hospital Hill and the other heights behind the town have crashed on to the buildings below. Not a building in Napier has escaped damage. Houses have lost chimneys or whole sides. Streets have been torn up like billiard cloths ripped with a sturdy cue, and telegraph poles have been thrust at a crazy angle over every road with wires tangled and hanging from wrecked buildings like charred serpents suspended from the last branches of a brick and concrete forest.
The accounts of those who were in the town at the time of the upheaval of the earth show that the movement of the earth was almost vertical, and that the whole area was forced upward for several feet with one terrific jerk, to subside with a sickening jolt.
As appears to have been the case in other parts of the stricken district, the upheaval came like a flash and left behind it a trail of ruin within a few seconds. At 11 o’clock in the morning shops and offices were full of people. There was an immediate rush for the streets, but those who gained them were in many instances buried as they reached the footpaths.
The whole of Napier was deafened with the roar of falling masonry. Then a strange silence followed for a space. Suddenly recovering from their terror, the people raced for the foreshore to avoid being trapped by still crumbling buildings. Even on the beach the sight was terrifying. The sea washed away from the beach for, it is stated, hundreds of feet, and then rolled back. At the same time the Bluff roared over the road at its feet, and then rolled back. Rocks that before had never appeared above the surface came above the water level, the whole seafront rising about 8 or 10 feet.
Appalled, the residents of Napier gazed in horrified amazement at the destruction. The hills behind the town were crumbling away in clouds of dust, whole sides of houses high above the shore were being torn away, and on the flat huge tongues of flame were appearing from every direction. The town was immediately isolated from the outside world and Napier was left a blazing ruin to witness the burning of its heart for a day and a night.
No possible estimate can be made at the moment of the death roll although it is thought that it is considerable, and it might run into hundreds.
The nurse’s home and the hospital on the hill collapsed like weather-boarding in a hurricane, and it is known that at least seven deaths have occurred among the nurses. It is also feared that a number of students, probably 40 at the technical School, at the south end of the town, have perished beneath the buildings, which tumbled in and rolled partly across the road.
Dr. Moore’s hospital on the seafront, a two-story structure, tilted back several feet in the front to lie at a queer angle, and crumbled in at the back. No report has yet been made as to the numbers who might have died within the building, nor can any statement be made as to the numbers who have lost their lives in the heart of the business area, which until late this morning was a roaring mass of flame. It would be practically useless to differentiate between buildings that have been destroyed and those still standing. A statement that the entire central part of the town from the seafront to the gardens on the south has been razed, covers the position.
Apart from that incalculable damage has been done in every direction, and there is not a part of Napier that has not suffered. The back country for miles is covered with cracks in the earth, some too wide for a man to jump. Roads have been torn up in places, bridges have been thrust feet out of alignment, and railway lines lead to one bridge several feet clear of the ground.
ARRIVAL OF WARSHIPS
Shortage of Food
CLEARING THE DEBRIS
DOMINION SPECIAL SERVICE.
Napier, February 4.
It was one consolation for the stricken inhabitants of Napier that the weather was fine after the earthquake. Living indoors was made quite impossible, and the town spent the night in the open. After dark the flames from the burning town cast a fierce glow on to the hills and reflected dimly upon small groups of people taking whatever shelter they could get below.
Tents were erected along the beach, but if a family had no such covering it was content to spread a mattress or two in front of the house gate and sleep in the street, where falling debris could do no harm. The public gardens were turned into a popular sleeping place, but for most part people wandered around the streets away from the main centre and gazed in dazed fashion upon the huge fire.
Morning broke fine and clear, and it was realised early that immediate precautions would have to be taken to provide food and water for thousands. Business was naturally at a complete standstill and there was not a shop of the few standing open. Being cut off from the world, as far as telegraphic communications were concerned, the majority of the people were anxious concerning the relief that would be offered, as they were powerless to do anything for themselves. Most of the households, many now pitifully reduced in number, had sufficient food for a morning meal, but the town’s water supply had failed and other services were no more to be had.
One of the most urgent needs was medical and nursing assistance, and the town was gratified to learn at a fairly early hour that both the Government and the Navy, as well as private individuals, were coming to their aid. Over 300 serious casualties had been admitted to the Napier Park emergency dressing station at an early hour, and these will require attention.
Wireless communication was established with Wellington from the park in the morning and a large number of messages was transmitted. Valuable relief was afforded upon the arrival of specially recruited Red Cross party, under Mr. v. H. Ross and Mr. Peterson. In addition, a party of about 20 nurses and six doctors, including Dr. T. H. Watt, assistant-Director-General of Health, arrived from Wellington. Nurses also arrived from the Kensington Street Home in Wellington and from other parts of the province, while doctors came from all parts.
As the day progressed the already apparent shortage of food gave promise of becoming more acute, and making itself felt.
There was no water at all to be had in town for the great majority, and only a very few had any. Money was of no use at all in Napier to-day, as the necessities of life could not be bought, and everything else was at a standstill.
It was thus a great relief for those on the waterfront to see the warships Diomede and Dunedin arrive at a fairly early hour after a fast run down the coast from Auckland. With its usual quiet efficiency, the Navy made its presence felt within a short time, in spite of the fact that those who landed had to be brought into the town by a circuitous route.
Armed Marines made an appearance in the streets, and parties marched through the wrecked town to prevent a recurrence of the pillaging of the night before. Shortly after lorries appeared in the town bearing the sign “Navy Food,” and it was not long after that bread and other things could be had. Even so, supplies were not excessive at first, and care had to be taken in the rationing.
The appearance of the naval ratings in town had a good effect in the town, and from the time they arrived the real organisation of relief work was started. However, much ground work had already been done by the police who received reinforcements from other districts, the commissioner, Mr. W. G. Wohlmann, coming through from Wellington overnight
Everything had been prepared by the warships for extreme emergencies. Luckily, they were fully provisioned for a cruise, but before leaving Auckland everything in the way of food available was rushed on board. The bakers worked all night on the trip down the coast, and the carpenters were fully occupied making splints. A special class in stretcher work was taken on the trip, and as soon as the men landed they were in a position to give immediate help. The average speed on the run down was 24 knots, and as much as 28 knots was done.
Parties from the boats were detailed to land stores, which were brought ashore in great quantities. Other parties were detailed to clear away debris from buildings under which it was known people were buried.
A start was made on the Technical School in the afternoon, the latest information stating that 40 boys were buried beneath the ruins.
Other parties of marines started upon the demolition of the remnants of buildings to avoid further injury to people, and the first blasting operations were started shortly after midday. Still other parties were set upon an attempt to re-establish telegraphic communications.
Huge quantities of medical supplies were brought to Napier by the warships, and it is believed that almost everything that will be needed in the meantime has been secured as a result. On board the Dunedin were 12 doctors and several nurses, and the Diomede carried 10 nurses and about eight doctors from Auckland. By early in the afternoon the position as far as casualties were concerned had been got in hand, and there was ample staff to cope with the work. It is hoped to take as many away as possible in the near future, and the steamers Taranaki and Northumberland were still standing off the shore in the afternoon in case they will be needed to transport serious cases to either Wellington or Auckland.
The sympathy of the Government for the sufferers was also shown by the early arrival in the stricken area of four members of the Cabinet, The Hon. R. Masters, the Hon. J. G. Cobbe, the Hon. A. J. Stallworthy, and the Hon. E. A. Ransom. They stated that a preliminary meeting of a small Government committee had been held in Napier for the purpose of arranging relief, and they were able to assure the people that the Government would do everything it could. Both Dominion Motors and General Motors offered the use of as many cars and lorries as they could gather, and a number has already arrived laden with provisions. The sympathy and support of the Wellington City Council has been offered to Napier. Members of Parliament who have already arrived in the area include Mr. R. Semple, Mr. W. Nash, and Mr. P. Fraser, all of Wellington
The evacuation of the women and children from the area is one of the chief concerns at the moment.
Already hundreds have gone by private cars, and it was expected that at least another 400 would be sent away by to-night. It is fully realised that serious danger now exists throughout the district through the complete loss of all sanitary arrangements, and every effort is being made to avoid a second disaster.
A special committee of Napier citizens has been formed to avoid trouble in this respect, and although both the newspaper offices are shattered an effort is being made by one to bring out a sheet merely for the purpose of issuing instructions regarding sanitary arrangements. Further assistance in these matters will be given by military authorities, and 12 military lorries laden with blankets and stores are expected to reach here to-night.
News of Lowry Family
The report cabled yesterday that Mr. and Mrs. Jim Lowry, of Oreka, Hastings, are in Sydney, is untrue, as they were unable to get away for Miss Falkiner’s wedding to Mr. Eric Nelson.
Mrs. T. Lowry went to Australia for the event, accompanied by Miss Ruth Scannell, of Hastings, and they will leave Sydney to-morrow by the Aorangi. Mr. and Mrs. Eric Nelson will also be passengers.
The Egmont Racing Club telegraphed the Government yesterday suggesting that the Government taxation of the meeting should be paid direct by the club to the earthquake relief fund. A reply has been received disapproving of the proposal.
TOWN OF DEATH
Night at Hastings
DOMINION SPECIAL SERVICE
Hastings, February 4.
Hastings was a town of death last night. Beneath its ruins lay the bodies of dozens of men, women and children, but it will be impossible to estimate the death roll until the many bereaved families are able to report with certainty that members of their households will not return. A total of 30 bodies had been recovered by this morning, but it will be days before a reliable estimate can be made. Cut off from the outside world through the severing of its communications at the moment the earthquake occurred, the town did not learn until nearly midnight that its plight was unknown beyond its own immediate precincts.
Throughout the day and far into the night the people underwent a terrifying experience, for from the moment at which the upheaval shattered the district and buried beneath the ruins of the town hundreds of those who were shopping, the earth heaved at frequent intervals. At each successive shake buildings quivered and added heaps of debris to the piles that already crushed the remains of hundreds.
It was with cruel suddenness that the first and most devastating shake occurred shortly before 11 o’clock in the morning. Within a minute or even less Hastings has been almost completely razed to the ground. The town was full of shoppers and they were caught like rats in a trap. Buildings of several stories crumpled as if swept aside by the hand of a giant, and before the horrified people had a moment to realise what had happened they were surrounded by the wreckage of what had a moment before been a flourishing centre.
With one almighty upheaval Hastings became a vast charnel house. Its streets were dust-filled gullies in to which sank the remains of shops and stores. Three-storied buildings crumbled with a deafening roar, vomiting great masses of debris in all directions and trapping those who crowded both streets and shops.
Heretaunga Street, the main thoroughfare was transformed into a gully of destruction beneath whose ruins could be heard the cries of women and children, but which died within a few minutes to give place to silence such as might creep over some alpine slope after a passing roar of an avalanche. The destruction was complete. It seemed that even time itself had been obliterated by the upheaval as for one horrified moment the whole town was wrapped in a death-like silence.
The upheaval had come without warning and its momentary passing left everyone spellbound. Dozens who had rushed out of buildings were buried beneath bricks and mortar as soon as they gained the footpaths. Even had they remained inside there would have been no escape. The staffs of drapery and other stores were crushed beneath the whole might of the buildings as they stood at the counters and those they were serving shared a like fate.
It is feared that the loss of life at Roach’s store, one of the largest in the town, will prove the most serious, as it is reported to-night that many of the girl employees have not been seen since. As was the case with other buildings throughout the whole town, the roof of this four-storied structure is almost flat with the ground and its only support is the great pile of bricks that once went to make up walls.
The centre of all streets was littered with a tangled mass of telephone and electric light wires, veranda poles, great masses of concrete, and furniture hurled from shops and offices. A constable who rushed from the police station immediately after the shake was confronted with the sight of a young girl sitting near the road with her legs severed below the knee. From every direction came the screams of men and women.
Some children were crying piteously beneath the ruins of a shop near the remains of the Cosy Theatre. Nothing could be done for them, and it was not long before they were swallowed up in the flames that engulfed the area.
Those who had escaped tore frantically at the piles of debris covering people who had been standing near them when the shock occurred. Rescues were made in many instances with debris falling on every side.
The escapes were remarkable. Some people were thrown right into the street to get up and walk away almost unhurt. A porter in the Grand Hotel was on an upper floor. The shock threw the whole building into the street, and the porter went with it. He was recovered some time later little the worse for the experience. The proprietor, Mr. Ross was trapped in a cellar, and it is thought he would have been safe until early next morning, when the fire swept the street and consumed what remained of the building.
Many motor-cars were buried as they stood beside the kerbs, and in several instances their occupants were engulfed with them. Every few yards there was to be seen a motor-car smashed beyond repair and the wreckage of some had been laid bare by the frantic efforts of police and civilians to effect rescues.
It was impossible to stand up on one’s feet during the moment of the shock. Two elderly women were thrown completely under a car and they were severely injured, although they escaped with their lives.
One man was trapped beneath a great pile of bricks from eleven o’clock in the morning till seven o’clock in the evening, and although injured, he greeted his rescuers with a smile.
It is believed that dozens of bodies are lying beneath the hopeless tangle where once stood the public library. The building was full of people when the shake occurred. Few were able to run clear and the whole structure collapsed on staff and readers.
A band of workers spent a great part of the day clearing away piles of rubbish, but the task was hopeless and finally abandoned when it was realised that no-one could be alive.
The serious general position being realised, numbers of citizens offered their services to the police and, with members of the police force staff, they were responsible for the wonderful work until practically dawn. Order was maintained in the town and rescue bands organised and supervised. Great credit must go to the police and to the members of the fire brigade for the wonderful rescue work amid falling buildings.
Following close upon the earthquake parts of the town were swallowed up in flames. Fires ranged in several great piles of debris and spreading to buildings that had not been greatly damaged, it swept through them unchecked. Fire raged through the town all day and it was quite impossible for the brigade to stop it spreading.
Shakes of various magnitude occurred with little interruption and at about nine o’clock in the evening thousands of people in the wrecked streets were struck motionless by another shake almost as heavy as the first disastrous upheaval.
This cut off the water supply the town had had up to then and the fire raged with even greater vigour.
None would go inside buildings, and those who arrived at Hastings late at night were appalled at the sight of half-demented women aimlessly wandering the wrecked streets and asking people indiscriminately if they had seen husbands or children.
As the night advanced the stricken town became lighted with the hopeless glow of its own funeral pyre. The reflection could be seen for miles. Lighting and gas services were cut off earlier in the day, but the raging fire illuminated the remains of the town and showed in pallid relief the faces of men and women who still lingered over piles of debris beneath which it was thought were buried their relatives or friends.
There was no thought of sleep. At two o’clock in the morning small children still stood about the streets, but later beds were made up on vacant sections or in the parks.
Families refused to return to their houses and mattresses were taken into the centre of the roadways for the night. What damage was done by the earthquake was rapidly supplemented by the fire. The Bank of Australasia was apparently little damaged by the shock, but the flames reached it in the early hours of the morning and left it a gaunt shell. Wooden buildings had fared best, and it was particularly noticeable that the Albert and Carlton Hotels stood safe and uncracked to all outward appearances.
As the dead were recovered the bodies were taken to the morgue and to the Y. M. C. A. at which places there were 39 bodies by dawn. The injured numbered hundreds and the worse cases were taken to the racecourse tea kiosk. Doctors worked there under most trying circumstances and serious operations and amputations were carried out without anaesthetics. In the early hours of the morning a doctor with blood-stained coat made his way into a chemist’s shop in town to secure supplies of materials needed.
General order Issued
TWO DAYS GIVEN
Serious Disease Feared
DOMINION SPECIAL SERVICE.
Hastings, February 4.
A general order was issued tonight decreeing the evacuation of Napier within two days. There has been a breakdown in the sewerage, and the authorities fear that an out break of serious disease may result if the inhabitants do not leave the town as expeditiously as possible.
Arrangements have already been made to evacuate 5000 women and children to Palmerston North.
Small shakes preceded by booming in the hills to the west are still being experienced in the stricken area. Two fires are still burning in Hastings to-night.
Families are camping in gardens and on waysides and under canvas throughout the Napier-Hastings area.
FIVE PLANES DEPART
By Telegraph – Press Association
Auckland, February 4
The following message from the commodore the Dunedin, who is ashore at Napier, to the warship was intercepted by H. M. S. Veronica: –
“Send lieutenant in charge of torpedo stores with all available demolition stores with all available demolition store to report to Veronica.”
Commander Clover said that this message indicated that it was intended to blow up several buildings in Napier in order to check the flames
The commander of the Veronica later sent the following message to the commodore of the Dunedin: –
“The O. C. Air Base reports that four moth planes are ready for immediate service. Mr Elliot Davis offers chlorinating plant, which will be carried by plane.”
The commodore replied with a request that chlorinating plant be sent.
Five aeroplanes left Auckland this afternoon with the plant and an expert.
Technical College Scenes
EXTENT OF DAMAGE
DOMINION SPECIAL SERVICE.
Napier, February 4
In the ruins of the Technical College, several boys are known to be buried beneath a mass of bricks and mortar. Mothers from all parts of Napier and Hawke’s Bay came pleading for information, and heartrending scenes were witnessed.
There were many buildings standing almost intact, however are Dalgety’s, A. O. F. Building, Public trust, and Power Board Offices. These are cracked.
The new Post Office, opened by the Hon. J. B. Donald in May, 1929, is practically a shell.
Pictures of the battle-scarred towns and villages of France and Flanders are scenes not one whit worse than those in the business area of Napier.
Dr. Moore’s large hospital, near the Bluff was broken round the base, and took a backward cant of five to ten degrees, but did not topple right over. The Napier newspaper offices are in ruins. There were several new buildings which had been erected under the lee of the bluff, and in the neighbourhood of Emerson Street, including the new Anglican Church, hardly any of which are now anything but tottering walls.
The conduct of the people under the awful calamity which has befallen them, is magnificent, their courage being beyond all praise. They are not bemoaning their fate. The women and children are being evacuated as fast as motor-cars can get them away, and the men are giving a helping hand in every possible way. Two hours after the first earthquake many business men returned to their offices and succeeded in saving valuable books, documents, and cash, and all have been collected from the buildings that can be entered.
DIED OF SHOCK
Mr. C. Plank, of telegraph engineers’ headquarters received advice yesterday morning of the death from shock of his brother, who was head gardener to the Napier Hospital. Deceased was known to have a weak heart.
DEAD AND INJURED
Lists Still Tragically Incomplete
APPALLING MORTALITY FEARED
Casualty lists still remain tragically incomplete. The dead in Hastings are authoritatively estimated to be between 80 and 100, but the mortality in Napier cannot even be calculated. The opinion is freely expressed, however that the deaths will run into the hundreds and the injured to more than 1000. Until debris is cleared, however, it is impossible to hazard more than a rough guess.
The following are the official lists compiled by the police, and are mainly from the Hastings and country areas: –
ALFRED BONOR, about 55, married with a grown family.
MRS T. BARRY, burned to death in St. John’s Cathedral.
VAL. HARRISON, 18 jobbing compositor.
NANCY THORNE GEORGE, nurse at the Public Hospital.
MRS L. T. BISSON
MRS C. BICKERSTAFF (who had a young family).
MISS META DEWES, Union Steam Ship Company.
MRS N. G. ELLIS.
FRED McARTHUR, 54, telegraphist at the G. P. O. (died on road from shock)
Infant named CANHAM
(Others killed but not identified).
ARCHDEACON BROCKLEHURST, broken back.
P. DEVINE, fractured right arm and left femur (received at the Kiosk); serious.
W. T. LEVERSEDGE, manager Bank of New South Wales, in Napier Hospital suffering from slight concussion due to being hit by a piece of falling brick.
MRS STAN DALLEY, Wife of the accountant of J. C. Williamsons Films Ltd. Wellington.
J. H. COLEBOURNE, care Williams and Kettle, Hastings.
EDWARD HOLLAND, address not stated.
RAY GRAHAM, Hastings.
S. A. SPENCE, address not stated.
T. W. ALEXANDER, Pakipaki, Hastings.
IVY MAY GOODALL, Hastings.
MISS GRUDENOFF, Wellwood Street, Hastings.
BERT DWYER, 911 Southland Road, Hastings.
WILLIAM LOVE, Karamu Road, Hastings.
HERBERT WALKER, address not stated.
PERCIVAL LEWIS, care Nelsons Ltd.
ELLA NUTTALL, address not stated.
MRS. JENSEN, Haumoana, near Hastings.
KATHLEEN BOWEN, 615 Avenue Road, Hastings.
GEORGE STEVENSON, Hastings.
ALBERT GIGG, Hastings.
MRS. DOUGLAS F. MURRAY, Hastings, and DINA MURRAY her infant daughter.
ALEX RATTRAY, Bush Inn Hotel, Riccarton.
MISS SYLVAN ALLAN, address not known.
ERNEST JONES, Williams Street, Hastings.
W. Z. WALKER, power house employee, Hastings.
DORIS MAY HEXTON, Hastings.
RAY BROWN, address not stated.
DICK HERCOE, address not stated.
RODNEY FRANCIS RUSS, 802 Fitzroy Avenue, Hastings.
MISS HOULAHAN, c/o Gill’s Auction Mart, Hastings.
MRS. FRANK COLE. Of Hastings, and her two sons, aged three and four respectively.
HENRY DIMOND, 700 Avenue Road, Hastings.
ROY McLENNAN, Havelock North, married.
ERNEST LEANING, bootmaker, Hastings.
ALLAN McDONALD, address not known.
MRS. A. H. WING, Hastings.
PATSY WHYTE, daughter of Dr. A. D. S. Whyte, Hastings.
PHILLIPA COUPER, Otane, Hawke’s Bay.
RAINA MARIA MOUNGA, Bridge Pah [Pa], Hastings.
PAKOTOROA MOUNGA, Bridge Pah, Hastings.
ROY HEENEY, 304 Miller Street.
MRS. BERRY (supposed) Address not stated: short, and brown hair, dressed in pale grey crepe-de-chine dress trimmed with red: wearing necklace.
MRS. BARTLETT, (supposed). Address not stated. Dressed in floral silk frock, ring, and a two-diamond engagement ring.
LILY JENKINS, Caroline Road, Hastings.
MRS. LEONE TURNER, Found in Karamu Road; address not stated.
MABEL ANN STEER, 801 East Aubyn Street, Hastings.
MARY ALICE McLEOD, wife of William McLeod, Paki Paki, Hastings.
GLADYS ALMA CLEARY, single, Warwick Road, Hastings.
RAYMOND BROWN, care Becks Pharmacy, Hastings.
JAMES WOODFORD HEIGHWAY, married, 604 Queen Street, Hastings.
OLIVE CAMBRIDGE, aged 18, address 822 Karamu Road, Hastings.
BRIAN COUPER, 622 Ellison Road, Hastings; aged two years.
The following are unofficial but well authenticated: –
MRS. COLIN FITZPATRICK, St Aubyn Street, Hastings.
IVY THOMPSON, Hastings (daughter of T. J. Thompson).
JOHN A. ROSS, proprietor of the Grand Hotel.
MRS. TOUHY, Seddon Street, Hastings.
T. H. GILL, auctioneer, Hastings.
ARTHUR L. RYAN, (missing, believed killed). Journalist, Hastings.
ALBERT GOODALL, signwriter, Hastings.
MRS. BARRETT, supposed to belong to Masterton and believed killed; mother of Mrs. Pearce, living at Petone.
An authoritative estimate issued at a Cabinet Ministers’ and citizens’ conference to-day reckons the probable deaths in Hastings at between eighty and one hundred. Many are known to be still buried.
There are six unidentified bodies, four mutilated beyond recognition.
Nine people, definitely missing, are believed to be buried beneath the debris of Roach’s Ltd. and the Public Library.
MRS. ROY McLENNAN
MRS. MULGROVE. 402 Miller Street, Hastings, contusions on head, injuries to spine.
MRS. HUTCHINSON, 126 Parade, Island Bay, injuries to right arm.
MISS McROBBIE, Havelock North., external lacerations condition serious.
ARNOLDA RETTER, 1023 Frederick Street, Hastings, broken leg.
MRS McKENZIE, 905 Willowpark Road, dislocated shoulder.
MISS N. DUGGAN, Hastings Club, minor cuts on head.
MAVIS FAULKNOR, King Street, Hastings, fractured right leg, head injuries.
MRS. JOHN ETHERIDGE, 30 Ashridge Road, Napier, left arm broken.
MRS D. S. STOREY, 207 Avenue Road, Hastings, broken leg, injuries to back.
MISS HOATA, care Mrs. Cook, Hastings, wound to right leg.
MRS. POTHAM, Queen Street, Hastings, compound fracture right arm, scalp wound; condition serious.
MISS BETTY PERCY, care Nairn, Railway Road, Hastings, injuries to head and side, and bruises.
MRS. LEANING, Heretaunga Street, Hastings, shock and left groin injured; condition serious.
MRS. D. SCHOLFIELD, Grove Road, Hastings, injured leg.
MISS CARROLL, Beech Road, Hastings, fractured left femur.
MISS PEGGY BLOWES, Riverslea Road, Hastings, lacerated upper arm, bruised leg.
MISS A. BROWN, 618 Avenue Road, Hastings, injured back.
MRS. BAUMFIELD,306 King Street, Hastings, injured hand.
MRS. MARTIN, 410 Lyndon Road, Hastings, cut head.
MISS DOROTHY RUSE, Fitzroy Avenue, Hastings, crushed finger, head injuries, and broken leg.
MISS CLARK, 503 Eastbourne Street, Hastings, facial injuries.
MRS. McLENNAN, Havelock North, injuries to arm and leg.
ROSIE LAHOOD. 227 Heretaunga Street, Hastings, crushed body; condition serious.
MISS BADDLEY, 205 Albert Street, Hastings, leg and right femur fractured; condition serious.
MRS. BEAL, Mona Street, Hastings, crushed body; condition serious.
MR. LAHOOD, JUN., Warren Street, Hastings, broken leg.
J. SHEFFIELD, Fergusson Street, Hastings, broken leg.
THOMAS CARNEY, 111 King Street, Hastings, back injured.
SCHOLLS, 230 Heretaunga Street, Hastings, broken ribs.
– SCHOLLS 230 Heretaunga Street, Hastings, broken leg.
J. MARSHALL, 408 Market Street, Hastings, broken leg.
B. HONE, Pakipaki, Hastings, bruised shoulder and head.
LEO KELLY, Pakipaki, Hastings, feet crushed.
T. ISAACSON, 810 Joll Road, Hastings, arms and legs injured.
G. WILLINGHAM, Willowpark Road, Hastings, skull injured; condition serious.
P. CHING, care Ah Wing, Hastings, crushed foot.
T. F. BOWNEY, 608, King Street, Hastings, head injuries.
F. E. BOWEN, Thompson Road, Napier, broken leg and crushed ankle.
W. T. BLEWETT, 506 Riverslea Road, Hastings, fractured femur; condition serious.
FRED BOYLE, 413 Queen street, Hastings, bruised thigh.
R. THOMPSON 508 Riverslea road, Hastings, injured back.
JIM RYAN, Park Road, Hastings, abdominal injuries.
W. THOMAS, 215 Stanley Street, Hastings, fractured ribs.
– MACDONALD, 116 Willowpark Road, Hastings, fractured ankle.
J. G. SEATON, care P.O. Hastings, head and leg injuries.
D. CARRINGTON, Nottingly [Nottingley] Road, Hastings, leg broken.
LESLIE RATTRAY, Riccarton, dislocated knee.
R.A. MORLEY, 614 Whitehead Road, Hastings, injured.
H. G. LEAN, Havelock North, leg broken.
JOHN WALLACE, 909 Karamu Road, Hastings, injured.
STAN NEWLAND, 309 Charles Street, Hastings, crushed foot.
J. RYAN, Charles Street, Hastings, broken ribs.
JACK O’DONNELL, 105 Pakowhai Road, Hastings, broken spine and legs; condition serious.
J. ELDER, 510 St Aubyn Street, Hastings, injured arm.
W.L. LAWRENCE, of Waipukurau; heart attack.
R.P. GALVIN, injured skull.
The following are also inmates: – P. Palleson, William Bartle, Hastings: Brown care Beck chemist, Hastings: Miss Holmes, Frimley Road, Hastings.
It is reported that 31 are dead.
MRS. J. O’MALLEY,
LIM KEE, Chinaman.
Unknown workman killed.
H. P. HOPKINS, exchange clerk at P.O., badly hurt, in hospital at Waipukurau.
INJURED AT DANNEVIRKE
By Telegraph – Press Association.
Dannevirke, February 4.
The following have been admitted to Dannevirke Hospital: –
John Baird, Puketitiri, fractured arm; Arthur Spackman, chemist, Napier, broken leg; Albert Lenden, Napier, head injuries and broken leg; Hark Jarvis, Taradale, surgical case from Napier Hospital; George Orme, Nelson Street, Napier, broken leg; Doris Fallery, masseuse, Napier Hospital, fractured arm; Herbert Massey, Student, Greenmeadows, broken leg; Albert Massey, Greenmeadows, broken leg; Mrs. Bessie Crowley, Carlyle Street Napier, broken leg, arm and ribs; Ella Wahlberg, Burke Street, Napier, broken leg; Anne Wells, Napier, broken leg and other injuries.
The New Zealand Educational Institute, at a meeting last evening, decided to forward a message to the Mayor of Napier expressing the deep sympathy of the institute with the citizens of the town in the disaster.
TRAGIC LOSS OF LIFE
ALL BUILDINGS DESTROYED
All the Roman Catholic Seminary buildings at Greenmeadows, Hawke’s Bay, have been destroyed with tragic loss of life, according to information received by the authorities of the Marist order in
The casualties are as follows: –
FATHER GONDRINGER, Hastings.
WILLIAM STEVENSON, Mosgiel.
JAMES DOOGAN, Greymouth.
BODEY ANNISY, Greymouth.
NGAIO RAFTER, Wellington.
VINCENT CARMODY, Wanganui.
LEONARD MANGOS, Timaru.
ALEC DEVENPORT, Christchurch.
JAMES BURNING, Timaru.
RICHARD O’SULLIVAN, Brisbane
Others injured less severely.
The Rev. Father Gondringer was a Luxemburger by nationality. He was for some years a member of the faculty of St. Patrick’s College, where his ability, knowledge, and bonhomie made him very popular among the students.
Vincent Carmody, aged 19 years, was the third son of Mr. And Mrs, J. I. Carmody, of 36 Liverpool Street, Wanganui, and was in his second year at the Seminary. He received his primary education at the Wanganui Marist Brothers’ School and matriculated from the Technical College. He later attended St Bede’s College, Christchurch, and from there went to the Seminary at Greenmeadows. Sister Chanel, of the Sacred Heart Convent, St John’s Hill, is an Aunt of the deceased.
Father P. J. Boyle, S. M. Procurator of the Seminary at Greenmeadows, was the son of Mrs. T. Boyle, of Harrison Street, Wanganui. He received his primary education at the Marist Brothers’ School, Wanganui, and later attended Villa Maris, Sydney, the Marist Fathers’ Seminary there. After being on the Australian mission for some time he was transferred two years ago as Procurator of the Seminary at Greenmeadows, Father Boyle was at one time manager of the Wanganui “Herald”
The Rev Father Kimball was presiding over a “retreat” at the Seminary this week, and it is supposed that all those killed and injured were in the chapel when it collapsed. It is likely that Father Kimball, who is well known all over New Zealand, would just about have finished his morning’s half-hour discourse and had left the chapel before the tragedy.
Message from Prime Minister
The following telegraphic message has been received from the Prime Minister, Right Hon. G. W. Forbes, by his Grace Archbishop Redwood: “I learn with very deep regret of the tragic loss of life resulting from the destruction by earthquake of the Catholic Seminary at Greenmeadows, and I wish to tender my sincere sympathy to the relatives and to the Church in their sad loss.
INJURED IN HOSPITAL
DOMINION SPECIAL SERVICE.
Palmerston North, February 4.
The following is a list of injured admitted to the Palmerston North Hospital to-day – Douglas Carrington, Allan K. McDonald, James Stevenson, Patrick Joseph Devine, Frederick Edward Bowen, Miss Mavis Faulknor, Mrs. Esther Scholfield, Miss Jessie Badley, Miss Dina Libby, Miss Elspeth Stuart, Mrs. Elizabeth Campbell, Mrs. Roma Goodwin, Mrs. Elizabeth Maddigan, Mrs. Florence Webb, Mrs. Emma Beery, Miss Anderson, Miss Annie Hawkins, Miss Ina May Henderson, Mrs. Gertrude Barnett, Mrs. Nellie Trueman, Mrs. May Scott, Miss Majorie Olive Warwick, Miss Kitty Carroll, Neil Cullan, Herbert Wischnowsky, Charles Chatterway, William Fulton, John Marshall Campbell, David Smith, William T. Blewett, Leslie John Rattray, Jack Wallis, Miss Grace Tosher, Mrs. Walter Parsons, Fred King, Vance Jurasovich, Gordon Black, Alexander Burrows, Leopold Kelly, Thomas Lahood, Stanley Newlands, Laurence Calver, Jack Ryan, John O’Connor, Fred Wilson, Stewart McKenzie, Edward Whitton, James Butler, Geo. Haywood, Robt. G Martin, James Gahan, Peter Jacobsen.
The following are the nurses from Napier Hospital who were admitted: – Sister Rona Carswell Cook, Nurses Freda Chesterman, Kathleen Amner, Beryl Cullen, Phyllis Douglas, Thorne George. The following are the children: – Mary Grant, Leslie Hamlin, Violet Pearce, Billy Lavin, Laurie James.
Convicts Rescue Mates
SLEEP IN THE OPEN
The walls of the Napier prison collapsed and there was nothing to prevent the prisoners escaping. They behaved, however in most exemplary manner. Two of them were seriously injured and were removed to hospital in the park, and five others slightly hurt had their wounds dressed on the spot. They had been buried in the fall of earth in the quarry. Other prisoners dug them out. Hearing there was a woman buried up the street, they went and rescued her. She had a broken arm and was conveyed to hospital in a state of collapse.
The prisoners returned in orderly manner to the prison, where they slept in the open and caused not the slightest anxiety to anyone. The prison was visited by the Prison Controller, Mr. B. L. Dallard, and the Public Service Commissioner, Mr. P. Verchaffelt.
By Telegraph – Press Association
Gisborne, February 24.
At Mohaka the whole of the countryside is shattered. There are slips on most of the hills, and the rivers and streams are dammed up.
At Mohaka railway bridge a workman was buried under tons of debris, and any attempt to recover his body is regarded as almost hopeless […]