Photograph [Flood, Mataura Paper Mill, 1978] ; McDonald, Keith (Mr); 15.10.1978;...
Photograph [Flood, Mataura Paper Mill, 1978]About this object
This is one of a series of 38 black and white photographs taken by Keith McDonald which record the impact of the October 1978 flood of the Mataura River, on the Mataura Paper Mill. This photograph was taken around 9am on 15 October 1978 and looks upstream at the Mataura River raging between the Paper Mill (on right) and the Mataura Freezing Works (left). The Mataura Falls (Te Au Nui) have been totally submerged by the flood.
Keith McDonald was an engineer at the Mill and was part of the team that reinstated the Mill after the flood. Keith's photographs are numbered MT2011.185.171 through to MT2011.185.208.
This flood peaked at 2am on 15 October 1978. NIWA's website traces the flood and describes its effect on Mataura; the link is: http://hwe.niwa.co.nz/event/October_1978_Southland_and_Otago_Flooding
15.10.1978Inscription and Marks
Handwritten in pencil on reverse: '15/10/78 9am/Upstream from South end Finishing Department/ Hydro plant immediately upstream'.
Stamped on reverse: 'Keith McDonald'.
Handwritten in pencil on reverse: 'T1'.
h 166mm x w 217mm
photograph, black and whiteObject Type
processed material, paperCredit Line
From the collection of the Mataura and Districts Historical Society Incorporated.Object number