Graeme Evered ADAMS 1,2,21
- Born: 14 Jun 1929, Brightwater, Nelson, New Zealand 1,2,21
- Died: 6 Apr 1947, Mt. Egmont, Taranaki Province, New Zealand at age 17 1,2,21
- Buried: 8 Apr 1947, Stratford, Taranaki, New Zealand 1,2
From "SEARCH" by Don Rawson
"Graeme Evered ADAMS 6 April 1947 At Easter 1947, Mt Egmont was in a dangerous condition, with a thin glazing of ice covering scoria and old frozen snow. Most experienced climbers, recognising the dangerous nature of the slopes, confined their activities to work on huts or tramps on the lower levels. However, Graeme Adams,aged 17 and his brother Ian, aged 20, were inexperienced and did not belong to any club. They were climbing in the vicinity of the Policeman and at 1430 hours had started to descend towards Manganui Hut. Neither had an ice axe and Graeme was wearing ordinary street shoes. He tripped over a ski stick he was using as an alpenstock and slipped 200 metres down a slope of ice glazed snow. Through coming onto contact with some projecting rocks, he received severe head injuries from which he died that night in Stratford Hospital."
The Eltham Argus newspaper dated Tuesday April 8 1947 had this article
TRAGETY ON MT. EGMONT.
Eltham boy loses his life following fall.
Tragic end to Easter Holiday excursion
The Easter holiday period in Eltham was marred by a tragedy on the slopes of Mt. Egmont, when Graeme, the 17 year old son of Mr and Mrs J.A. Adams,of Mountain Rd, Eltham lost his life following injuries sustained in a fall of 600ft while climbing with a party of local and district youths.
The accident happened at 2.30pm on Sunday when Graeme and his elder brother Ian Adams,aged about 20,with a party of others,were descending the mountain on the southern side of the eastern ridge above the Policeman,at a height of about 6,500 feet. It is understood that Graeme had a stick,upon which he tripped,falling down into the Maunganui snowfields. The slope down which he fell is one of the steepest on East Egmont, and is covered at present with hard snow with a film of ice.
The boy suffered severe injuries during the course of his fall,and lay unconscious at the foot of the slope.Word was shouted to a party of mountaineers on top of the ridge below where the accident occurred,and one of them, Mr Mr. Charles Ambury, of Hawera, an experienced alpinist, climbed to where the injured boy lay. Mr G. Close a member of the Stratford Mountain Club, and another member, returned to the Maunganui Hut, where they improvised a stretcher and notified the Stratford mountain house.
The task of removing the injured youth proved a most difficult one. Steps had to be cut in the ice,and over one patch of frozen scoria it took about 40 minutes to carry the stretcher 100 yards. Before the rescue party reached the hut, Mr J. Hennessy, caretaker of the Stratford mountain house arrived with another stretcher to which the youth was transferred. Dr. G Cumming and a nurse arrived at the hut about 5.15pm and after medical attention had been given the youth was carried to the plateau, where an ambulance was waiting and he was conveyed in an unconscious condition to the Stratford hospital. His death occurred at a late hour on Sunday night, the funeral taking place at Stratford today.
Mr and Mrs Adams will have the deepest sympathy of the whole district in the tragic bereavement they have sustained. Graeme was a universally popular and highly esteemed lad. He left the Stratford Technical High School laste year,and only a short time ago went to Wellington where he obtained employment to enable him to continue University studies for his Bachelor of Commerce Degree. He was a member of the Knox Presbyterian Church in Eltham,and for a time was one of the Sunday School teachers.