Illuminated Address; NZ Observer Auckland; 46


Illuminated Address

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Illuminated address to Taihoa resident the late Mrs Gould for her bravery in the wreck of the S.S. Wimmera. The Wimmera was well known on the Sydney - Auckland - Wellington - Dunedin run. It sank on 26 June 1918 off the north coast of New Zealand after hitting 2 German mines, with the loss of 26 lives. Mrs Gould offered her place in the last available lifeboat so that a younger person could be saved saying "Let the young people go. I have had my life. I will go down with the ship". She was taken aboard however and survived. Grandmother of donor.


NZ Observer Auckland

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New Zealand

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Elizabeth Gould was said to have kept the spirits up of those in the lifeboat with her cheerful nature and eventually the boat was washed ashore on an uninhabited beach. The party had to walk several miles through recently cut manuka bush to a Maori settlement where they were comforted and fed. On her return to Matamata, Mrs Gould was met by the entire population of the district and presented with this illuminated address.

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Gift of Mr. Charles L Wilson, 1980

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