THE WHITE ISLAND (BAY OF PLENTY, NEW ZEALAND)ERUPTION
SEPTEMBER 1914

In 1914 White Island, an active volcano off the coast of the Bay of Plenty was being mined by the New Zealand Sulphur Company. Sometime between the 7th and 19th September 1914 a section of the volcanic cone collapsed pushing a lahar (mudflow)out from the crater. This completely swamped the miners camp, and the men and all buildings were hurled in to the ocean. No bodies were ever found though wreckage washed up on shore for weeks later.

Today you can visit White Island by boat from Whakatane - not such a bad place when you become used to the sulphury smell.

ANDERSON A No details
BYRNE J Married with 4 children
CHAPPELL (WALKER) Robert H Single - mother
DONOVAN W J Single - sister
KELLY L Single - brother and sister in Victoria
LAMB R Married with 4 children
McKIM (McKAIN) A J C Single - mother & sisters in Perth, Scotland, brother in America
WARING R Married with 1 child - supposed to be in England
WILLIAMS Harry Edward Married to Florence Maud WILLIAMS (nee GREEN). Aged 31.
YOUNG Stephen Henry Single - mother. See Bay Of Plenty Times, Volume XLV, Issue 6824, 2 February 1917, Page 4 for court case titled Sulphur Island Case


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