This is the first in a series of posts we will bring you taking you back in time to historical events in New Zealand's past. Today ...
ERUPTION ON WHITE ISLAND KILLS 10 PEOPLE - 10 SEPTEMBER 1914 ...
Attempts were first made to mine sulfur on White Island around the turn of the 20th century. On 10 September 1914, 10 miners were killed when part of the crater wall collapsed, causing a landslide.
The only survivor was the mining company’s cat, Peter the Great. Sulfur was used in the manufacture of sulfuric acid and superphosphate fertiliser.
White Island, in the Bay of Plenty 50 km from Whakatāne and Ōpōtiki, is New Zealand’s most active volcano. Known to Māori as Whakaari (‘to uplift or expose to view’), it is important to the local iwi, Ngāti Awa and Te Whakatōhea.
Sulfur mining on White Island recommenced in the late 1920s but proved uneconomic and ceased in the early 1930s. A total of 11,000 tonnes had been obtained. Today the island is a privately owned scenic reserve and tourism venture.
MOTOR RACING DRIVER BRUCE MCLAREN KILLED - 2 JUNE 1970 ...
At the age of just 22, Bruce McLaren had become the then youngest Formula One Grand Prix winner in the United States in 1959. He would win three more races and achieve 23 other podium finishes, and was runner-up in the 1960 Formula One World Championship.
His abilities as an analyst, engineer and manager contributed much to the success of the cars that still bear his name today. In 1963 he established the McLaren Racing Team which became one of the most successful in Formula One championship history.
McLaren was killed while testing one of his Can-Am series cars on the Goodwin circuit near Chichester, England. He was 32 years old.
In 1990 he became an inaugural member of the New Zealand Sports Hall of Fame.
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