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This is an auction for TARAWERA: THE DESTRUCTION OF THE PINK AND WHITE TERRACES, by Geoff Conly.arawera Destruction Pink White Terraces

Originally published 1985. This book 2006. The story of this country's worst recorded volcanic disaster - the night 153 people perished and New Zealand's greatest tourist atraction, the spectacular Pink and White Terraces, acclaimed as the eighth wonder of the world, were destroyed 120 years ago. Colour plates include paintings by Blomfield, Barraud, Heaphy, Hoyte and Watkins.


One hundred and fifty-three people lost their lives when Mount Tarawera erupted early on the morning of 10 June 1886, and New Zealand's greatest tourist attraction, the spectacular Pink and White Terraces, were destroyed in the violence of this country's worst recorded volcanic disaster. Some of those who perished died quickly, such as the Maoris in the lakeside settlement of Moura; their whole village slipped bodily into Lake Tarawera. Others were smothered by volcanic mud, entombed alive, killed by red-hot flying rocks or crushed by falling beams. Many, though, survived the horror to tell of their experiences.

Thoroughly researched and arrestingly illustrated, Geoff Conly's compelling account of the eruption examines every aspect of the disaster. He writes vividly of the human loss, fear and grief, and describes clearly and accessibly the geological phenomena which annihilated a thriving community and destroyed the Pink and White Terraces, claimed by many to have been the eighth wonder of the world.



160 pages.

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