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MURCHISON EARTHQUAKE
17 JUNE 1929
MURCHISON, WEST COAST, SOUTH ISLAND, NEW ZEALAND

Shortly before 10.30am on Monday the 17 June 1929, violent shaking was felt almost all over New Zealand. In Auckland, goods on shelves were thrown to the floor. In Hornby in Christchurch a passenger locomotive was forced off the rails and in Wellington, plate glass windows were shattered.

It was obvious that a large earthquake had hit somewhere but in the days before cell-phones and helicopters it took almost 24 hours for New Zealand to find that disaster had struck Murchison, on the West Coast of the South Island.

Damage was widespread with landslides, collapsed bridges and burst dams. An area 30 kms long and 16 kms wide was lifted 40 cms. The Murchison side of the fault line was raised nearly 4.5 metres and moved sideways 1.8 metres. Nelson, Westport and Greymouth were seriously damaged.

Seventeen people lost their lives during the Murchison Earthquake - this site is dedicated to their memory.

For further information see THE MURCHISON EARTHQUAKE.

BUSCH Emily Mary Elizabeth Miss Matakitaki Valley, Murchison
BUSCH Jane Mrs (nee REVELL) Matakitaki Valley, Murchison
BUSCH Ronald Samuel Revell Matakitaki Valley, Murchison
CHAMLEY William Cardiff Bridge Mine, Seddonville (Miner)
FERGUSON Thelma Miss Mariua Valley, Glengarry
GIBSON Eliza Mrs Mariua Valley, Glengarry
GIBSON Leonard Martin Mstr Mariua Valley, Glengarry
HOLMAN Lionel Clive Mstr Lower Maruia Valley
HOLMAN Vera Mrs Lower Maruia Valley
McALLISTER (McALISTER) Robert Glasgow Mine, Seddonville (Miner)
MOREL Charles Gustave Matakitaki Valley, Murchison
RUSSELL David Mokihinui River (Prospector)
RUSSELL James Mokihinui River (Prospector)
STUBBS Arthur Douglas Golden Bay Cement Office, Takaka
THOMSON (THOMPSON) Nellie Agnes (nee BEILBY) Mariua Valley, Glengarry (Diabetic - died due to lack of Insulin)
WELCH John Thomas Buller Gorge (Died 26 June from injuries received)
WESTBROOK Leo Gordon Mariua Valley, Glengarry

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