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Kopuawhara No. 4 public works camp before the flood, Mahia Peninsula, 17 Feb 1938

Reference Number: PAColl-4431-02

Photograph overlooking the Kopuawhara No. 4 public works camp, taken on February 17 1938 (days before a sudden flood that killed 21 people washed through the camp). Photographer unidentified.

Key terms:
1 image, related to Kopuawhara and Labour camps - New Zealand - Hawkes Bay Region.

Part of:
Jeffery, Cecil Albert, 1888-1970 :Personal and political photographs, Reference Number PAColl-4431 (3 digitised items)

Extent: 1 b&w original photographic print(s)Silver gelatin print 14 x 8.8 cm. Horizontal imageSingle photograph

Historical Notes: The Kopuawhara No. 4 public works camp was one of a series of camps set up for construction workers building the Wairoa-Gisborne railway. It was located on the banks of the Kopuawhara Stream, which flooded the camp with a five-metre wall of water in the morning of February 19 1938.

Conditions governing access to original: Not restricted

Inscriptions: Inscribed - Photographer's title on negative - bottom left: No.4 Camp Feb 17th 1938; Verso - centre: No. 4 Camp, Kopuawhara taken 17-2-1938 / the day before the disaster. All the / huts shown were swept away by the / creek on left which rose to phenomenal / heights.; Photographer's title on negative - bottom left: 3

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