Cathedral belfry – earthquake 1929

Nov 29, 2012

I had the opportunity today to see some parts of the Cathedral up close as work continues to preserve as much of the art and history as can be saved.  

The door to the bell-ringing room is now on the ground.


Over the years people have added their names and comments to the door.  A few of these are below.  But the one that really captured my interested today was this one:


When I got home I googled the date – 9 March 1929 and found the quake referred to at exactly the right time 10.50am. 

Take a look at these links…the quake was centred in Arthurs Pass and was just a few months before the better-known Murchison quake.

http://www.teara.govt.nz/en/historic-earthquakes/5

http://info.geonet.org.nz/display/quake/M+7.1,+Arthur’s+Pass,+9+March+1929

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1929_Arthur’s_Pass_earthquake

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Some other images from the belfry door:




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