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From: "Denise & Peter" <>
Subject: Re: [nz] Earthquake Wellington was 1855 not 1885
Date: Mon, 28 Jul 2008 23:04:10 +1200
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Perhaps some of you might be interested in my story of Wellington earthquakes? http://www.hillac.de/zei_b290.htm

Peter.

Denise & Peter
Wellington, New Zealand
http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/~ourstuff


----- Original Message -----
From: "Chris L. Patterson" <>
To: "Tom & Claire Clark" <>; <>
Sent: Monday, July 28, 2008 9:10 PM
Subject: Re: [nz] Earthquake Wellington was 1855 not 1885


> Ummmmmm
> Don't understand this this earthquake was in 1855 not 1885.
> There was a previous one in 1848 too,
> Cheers Chris L. Patterson
>
>
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Tom & Claire Clark" <>
> To: <>
> Sent: Monday, July 28, 2008 7:02 PM
> Subject: Re: [nz] Earthquake Wellington
>
>
>> Hi Carolyn,
>> Just to unnerve you even further as dates of 1883 are being proposed for
>> the Kilmeny going down, perhaps your ancestor was also mixing into his
>> story some of the events of the 1885 earthquake that struck Wellington
>> Harbour. Here are some words written in 1992 by a Victoria University
>> Geologist:
>>
>> "... effects of New Zealand's largest known earthquake, of about
>> magnitude 8, that occurred at 9:15 pm on the 23rd of January, 1855. ...
>> The first great shock of the 1885 earthquake lasted nearly 50 seconds,
>> followed almost immediately by another. Shortly afterwards, the sea rose
>> in the harbour between two and three metres, and receded about three
>> metres lower than at spring tides. This cycle repeated every 20 minutes
>> throughout the night for eight hours.
>>
>> All the shops and houses along the foreshore were inundated and
>> extensively damaged as a result. One ship anchored in Lambton Harbour
>> grounded four times during the rapid rise and fall of the tide. Shocks
>> of variable intensity continued throughout the night and the "trembling
>> motion of the ground was continuous".
>>
>> In the Te Aro and Thorndon areas, the first earthquake shock floored
>> most people, levelled every brickwork chimney and opened up numerous
>> fissures through which sand and mud were ejected, particularly in the
>> area of the formed road along the foreshore. Uplift around the harbour
>> amounted to between one and two metres, but was somewhat less in the
>> Lambton Harbour area because of seaward movement of unconsolidated tidal
>> and shoal sediment. A new shoreline created by the lift extended out
>> into Lambton Harbour 20-40 metres from its pre-earthquake position. "
>> Rodney Grapes, Associate Professor in the Research School of Earth
>> Sciences, Victoria University of Wellington.
>>
>> Thanks
>> Claire
>>
>> Re:
>>> > Where would I find a list of vessels that went down with all hands,
>>> probably on the return voyage to the UK ?
>>> My g grandfather arrived in Wellington as a seaman sometime pre March
>>
>>> 1884,
>>> he was born in London. The earliest record in NZ I have of him, is
>> from
>>> Paperspast as a member of the Petone Navals on 24 March 1884.
>>> He told his family here that he decided to desert and hid in the hills
>>
>>> above
>>> the city for the night. There was a terrible earthquake during the
>> night,
>>> so
>>> he changed his mind about staying here and raced back down to the
>> docks at
>>> first light. Only to see his vessel leaving the harbour!
>>
>>
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