Photograph [Flood, Mataura, 1913] ; unknown photographer; 1913; MT2011.185.156


Photograph [Flood, Mataura, 1913]

About this object

Black and white photograph showing the northern part of Mataura under flood water from the Mataura River in 1913. The northern section of the Mataura Paper Mill's buildings appear in the foreground. The Mataura Freezing Work's yards are on the other side of the River channel.

This photograph has a strong element of drama as it shows a group of approximately 28 people trapped by the flood in the Paper Mill yard. Here is the evidence for Stan Wilson's memory of how the residents of upper Kana Street took refuge in the Paper Mill premises. Stan related how when the Mill became surrounded by water, food and supplies were delivered by means of a rope and pulley from the hill where this photograph was taken.

The following images collectively provide a sweeping view of how the 1913 flood impacted on Mataura: (MT2011.185.148), (MT2011.185.151), (MT2011.185.152), (MT2011.185.153), (MT2011.185.154), (MT2011.185.156). The sequence starts above the Mataura Falls and moves down to the old Mataura Suspension Bridge.

Place Made

New Zealand, South Island, Southland, Mataura


unknown photographer

Maker Role


Date Made


Inscription and Marks

Stamped on reverse; 'E.J.LEITCH'.
Handwritten on reverse in blue pen:'E1, Neg 14'.




h 120mm x w 167mm


photograph, black and white

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Subject and Association Keywords

mataura river/floods

Subject and Association Keywords

mataura town

Medium and Materials

processed material, paper

Credit Line

From the collection of the Mataura and Districts Historical Society Incorporated.

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