From Disaster to Recovery: The Hastings CBD 1931-35, by Michael Fowler
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On the third of February 1931, at 10.47am, a 7.8 magnitude earthquake hit Hawke's Bay. In Hastings at least 93 people lost their lives, with hundreds more injured. This book details the destructive impact of the 1931 quake on the Hastings CBD and its subsequent recovery. The 15 city blocks of the CBD are catalogued with hundreds of previously unpublished personal stories and photos, which tell dramatic stories of the destruction and heroism. Discover the horror of that day in Hastings, but also come on a journey with this courageous community as they rebuilt their lives and fought for their won full-service hospital.