NEW ZEALAND DISASTERS AND TRAGEDIES
THE WHITE ISLAND (BAY OF PLENTY, NEW ZEALAND) ERUPTION
SEPTEMBER 1914

In 1914 White Island (known to Maori as Whakaari), an active volcano off the coast of the Bay of Plenty was being mined by the New Zealand Sulphur Company. Sometime between the 7th and 19th September 1914 a section of the volcanic cone collapsed pushing a lahar (mudflow) out from the crater. This completely swamped the miners camp, and the men and all buildings were hurled in to the ocean. No bodies were ever found though wreckage washed up on shore for weeks later.

ANDERSON A No details
BYRNE J Married with 4 children
CHAPPELL (WALKER) Robert H Single - mother
DONOVAN W J Single - sister
KELLY L Single - brother and sister in Victoria
LAMB R Married with 4 children
McKIM (McKAIN) A J C Single - mother and sisters in Perth, Scotland, brother in America
WARING R Married with 1 child - supposed to be in England
WILLIAMS Harry Edward Married to Florence Maud WILLIAMS (nee GREEN). Aged 31.
YOUNG Stephen Henry Single - mother. See Bay Of Plenty Times, Volume XLV, Issue 6824, 2 February 1917, Page 4 for court case titled Sulphur Island Case


TE PUKE TIMES, VOLUME II, ISSUE II, 29 MAY 1914
A distressing accident occurred at White Island last week, resulting in the death of John L. Williams, a married man of about 32 years of age. Williams was employed by the White Island Sulphur Company as fireman, and was on duty when one of the large retorts used in extracting the sulphur, suddenly burst under steam pressure, and he was terribly injured. The unfortunate man was scalded on, his arms, hands, legs and face, and succumbed to his injuries the following night. Death Entry 1914/10470 Williams John Llewellyn 35Y



MONDAY 09 DECEMBER 2019

On Monday 09 December 2019 at 2.11pm Whakaari/White Island erupted when 47 tourists and New Zealanders were visiting. Unfortunately there have been 21 deaths - 19 tourists and 2 guides. Those who died were:

Krystal Eve BROWITT, 21, from Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Paul Anthony BROWITT, 65, from Melbourne, Victoria, Australia (Died 12 January 2020 Alfred Hospital, Melbourne)
Christopher (Chris) COZAD, 43, from Sydney, NSW, Australia (Died 14 December 2019 Concord Hospital, Sydney)
Gavin Brian DALLOW, 53, from Adelaide, SA, Australia
Richard Aaron ELZER, 32, from Coffs Harbour, NSW, Australia
Jason David GRIFFITHS, 33, from Coffs Harbour, NSW, Australia
Barbara Jean HOLLANDER, 49, from Sydney, NSW, Australia
Berend Lawrence HOLLANDER, 16, from Sydney, NSW, Australia
Matthew Robert HOLLANDER, 13, from Sydney, NSW, Australia
Martin Berend HOLLANDER, 48, from Sydney, NSW, Australia
Zoe Ella HOSKING, 15, from Adelaide, SA, Australia (Step-daughter of Gavin Dallow)
Kristine Elizabeth LANGFORD, 45, from North Sydney, NSW, Australia
Anthony James LANGFORD, 51, from North Sydney, NSW, Australia
Winona Jane LANGFORD, 17, from North Sydney, NSW, Australia (Missing)
Tipene MAANGI, 24, from Whakatane, New Zealand (Tour guide)
Hayden Bryan MARSHALL-INMAN, 40, from Whakatane, New Zealand (Tour guide - missing)
Karla Michelle MATHEWS, 32, from Coffs Harbour, Australia
Jessica RICHARDS, 20, from Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
Julie RICHARDS, 47, from Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
Mayuri (Mary) SINGH [Mayuari CHOUHAN], 42, from Atlanta, Georgia, USA (Died 22 December 2019 Middlemore Hospital, Auckland)
Pratap (Paul) SINGH [Pratap Singh CHOUHAN], 49, from Atlanta, Georgia, USA (Died 29 January 2020 Middlemore Hospital, Auckland)


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