Kōrero: Floods

Crossing the Waimakariri River

A man sitting on a horse leading a horse drawn carriage full of passengers and luggage across a flooded river.

This engraving, made in 1875, shows a Cobb & Co coach crossing Canterbury’s Waimakariri River 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 while making such crossings.


Te whakamahi i tēnei tūemi

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

Permission of the Alexander Turnbull Library, National Library of New Zealand, Te Puna Mātauranga o Aotearoa, must be obtained before any re-use of this image.

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Te tuhi tohutoro mō tēnei whārangi:

Eileen McSaveney, 'Floods - New Zealand’s number one hazard', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/mi/artwork/4870/crossing-the-waimakariri-river (accessed 26 June 2024)

He kōrero nā Eileen McSaveney, i tāngia i te 12 Jun 2006, reviewed & revised 1 Feb 2024