Story: Historic earthquakes

Coastal landslide (1st of 2)

Coastal landslide

This watercolour, painted by Charles Emilius Gold, shows a landslide blocking the coastal track between Wellington and the Hutt Valley after the 1855 Wairarapa earthquake. The quake raised the land around the coast, making it possible to build the Hutt Road.

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Alexander Turnbull Library
Reference: B-103-016
Watercolour by Charles Emilius Gold

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How to cite this page:

Eileen McSaveney, 'Historic earthquakes - The 1855 Wairarapa earthquake', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 22 June 2024)

Story by Eileen McSaveney, published 12 Jun 2006, reviewed & revised 28 Mar 2011, updated 1 Nov 2017