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A 1919 photo of the sandspit PDF Print
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Written by Sophie Edwards / Steve Marshall   
Friday, 31 March 2006
sandspit in 1919 Isabel Bollam, who runs the Ngunguru Community Library, brought along a photo of the sandspit labelled © 1919 Alexander Turnbull Library to the recent "Stories, myths and facts" day.

It's difficult to make out any detail on the photo, and it's not clear what year it was taken, but keep in mind that Pat Heffey's summary of events records:

  • 1917 - cyclonic winds cause huge waves to come across the Ngunguru Sandspit dislodging tons of sand. The highest tide in fifty years is recorded. Many properties along the Ngunguru foreshore are devastated.
The scanned image is 2940 x 2142 in size and is 5MB. It's possibly a copy of this Alexander Turnbull collection item. The Turnbull collection has a number of images related to Ngunguru. Check out Ngunguru's aptly-named Good-bye Corner.
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Comments (1)
1. 16-05-2007 02:15
Ocean over the spit
With the development plans now more or less going ahead, the developers must have come up with something that will stop a catastrophy like this happening again. Though how they solved climate change, polar ice melting & sea levels rising is beyond me. It will be a sad sad day when buildings polute the sandspit.
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