Memorialising Disasters: Lessons from 50th Anniversary of the Inangahua Earthquake

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As we approach the 50th Anniversary of the Inangahua Earthquake, many people will be reflecting on the significance of these seismic events. Memorialising disasters such as the Inangahua Earthquake enables people and societies to remember and come to terms with what has occurred. The process of memorialisation can take tangible forms that include museum displays, memorial publications and monuments (both secular and religious), or intangible acts of remembrance, such as private or public services or commemorations.

Research within the QuakeCoRE Project 5 is exploring how these disasters were made meaningful through memorialising practices, and how the physical memorialisations of these events came into being. The Flagship 5 Team are exploring the social and cultural practices, which include public debate and competition over what is memorialised and how these changes over time are enabled. This research aims to address the enduring role these events have on local communities and wider society and the way they shape the ongoing telling of our disaster histories in the present day.

23-24 May 2018 – Field visit to Inangahua earthquake museum and township followed by an afternoon workshop in Murchison with researchers (presentations and discussion).

The Flagship 5 Team are convening a field trip and workshop with confirmed participants include Denise Blake, Massey University, Helen McCracken, Manatū Taonga – Ministry for Culture and Heritage, Caroline Orchiston, University of Otago, Emily Campbell, Massey University, David Johnston, GNS Science/Massey University, Hamish Campbell, GNS Science and Simon Nathan, GNS Science.

The output of the workshop and field visit will be a co-produced peer-reviewed journal article.

If you are a earthquake resilience researcher and would like to contribute to the workshop or associated output please get in touch with Emily, Contact:


  1. John Fitzpatrick says:

    I was the engineer in charge of the restoration of the railway through the Buller Gorge from the Westport end of the line. The Museum at Inangahua has a CD of images of some of the damage and restoration. The images have never been published.

  2. quakecore says:

    We’ll get in touch with the Museum to see if we can access the images. I will forward this information onto the travelling party. Thanks.