Photograph [Flood, Mataura, 1913] ; unknown photographer; 29.03.1913; MT2011.185...


Photograph [Flood, Mataura, 1913]

About this object

Black and white photograph showing the Mataura River in flood in March 1913. A large crowd (including mothers with perambulators) has gathered on both sides of the Mataura Suspension Bridge, in anticipation of it being washed away.

This aligns with Nan Wilcock's recollection of a large crowd gathering at the Bridge 'waiting for it to go'. Rumour had it that Hastie's house was on the way down the river and it was expected to spell the end of the bridge. Only part of the house arrived and it was sucked under the bridge without damaging it. According to Alex Dickie, the piano from the Hastie's house came to rest on the Wyndham race course 15 kilometres downstream.

The garden to the left of the Bridge was kept by the Mataura Bridge Hotel.

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 this Bridge.

Place Made

New Zealand, South Island, Southland, Mataura


unknown photographer

Maker Role


Date Made


Inscription and Marks

A white sticker on the reverse reads: 'B21-26'. Being the McKelvie negative folder reference.




h 185mm x w 230mm


photograph, black and white

Object Type


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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Marie Dickie 04 May 2013 07:02 AM,UTC

It was a real thrill to come across this photo again. I remember my Dad (Tom Gaudion) telling us his Mum had him in the pram on the right, and that her friend Mrs Ingram, had her daughter Nellie in the one on the left. Nellie was later to marry Bert Dickie. (Mr RF)
Mum and Dad in their later years lived in a front flat at 54 Kana St and Nellie lived in the back. Dad often said how he and Nellie remained friends all their lives. Mrs Ingram's husband later became mayor of Mataura, and Mrs Ingram was killed when she was hit by a train at the Bridge Street crossing.

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