Story: Floods

Crossing the Waimakariri River

Crossing the Waimakariri River

This engraving, made in 1875, shows a Cobb and Company coach crossing the Waimakariri River, Canterbury, during a flood. The ferryman, wearing a lifebelt, is showing the coachman the way. Although the horses could swim, it was not uncommon for coaches to be overturned in such crossings.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, Making New Zealand Centennial Collection (PAColl-3060)
Reference: MNZ-0643-1/4; F
Engraving by unidentified artist

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How to cite this page:

Eileen McSaveney, 'Floods - New Zealand’s number one hazard', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 5 December 2023)

Story by Eileen McSaveney, published 12 Jun 2006, reviewed & revised 1 Aug 2017