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David Mason papers relating to the Tangiwai rail disaster.

Identifier: MSS-Archives-Vault 71

Scope and Contents

Collection comprises papers relating to the inquiry into the Tangiwai rail disaster which occurred on 24 December 1953 including detailed geological descriptions of the Lake before and after the lahar. (1) Geological report on the Tangiwai Railway Disaster of 24th December, 1953 by J. Healy, Geological Survey, Rotorua; (2) Outflow from Crater Lake on Mount Ruapehu; J.H. Christie, Assistant Designing Engineer; (3)Statement of David James Mays Mason in the matter of Board of Inquiry Tangiwai Rail Disaster. (4) Mt Ruapehu Crater Lake : 1953 lahar 40th anniversary, a recurring disaster; Lewis S. Vause and D.J.M. Mason [text of conference paper]. (5) New Zealand Canoeing Association to Minister of Railways 5 February 1954 [letter].


  • 1953-1993


Conditions Governing Access

Not restricted

Biographical / Historical

David Mason was President of the New Zealand Canoeing Association and he and Mr L.S. Vause undertook surveys of the Crater Lake both before and after the disaster.


0.02 metres (1 folder)

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Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated by Mr L.S. Vause, in September 1983.

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Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections, University of Auckland Repository

5 Alfred Street
Private Bag 92019
Auckland 1142 New Zealand