There was a lot of damage in New Zealand in the recent earthquake – some obvious, some that is only beginning to be apparent. My nearest and dearest came through relatively unscathed – but one place that is close to my heart was rather battered by the quake.
The Katherine Mansfield House & Garden Museum on Tinakori Road, had a spectacular old-fashion garden, bordered on one edge by the neighbours old brick wall.
The wall, plastered and painted grey, made a lovely backdrop for photshoots amongst plants mentioned in Mansfield’s writings. Unfortunately it came crashing down on the house in the quake, crushing the garden and damaging the house.
The museum is raising money to remove the wall, repair the damage, and erect a new (earthquake safe) boundary wall.
If you’ve ever visited the museum, enjoyed my photos taken there, or at a benefit talk I’ve given for the museum, or simply loved Mansfield’s writings, and feel moved to help repair the museum, you can: donate here on their Boosted page.
Here are a few of the photos that Facundo got after my Ruffles to Rebellion talk last year, in front of the now-collapsed wall:
You can see how tall the wall was in this image:
For more posts on the Katherine Mansfield House & Katherine Mansfield see:
- A Tea Gown at the Katherine Mansfield House
- A 1900s Apron for Katherine Mansfield’s Alice
- The Katherine Mansfield Garden Party in Hamilton
- A photoshoot at the Katherine Mansfield House Museum
- Clothing the World of Katherine Mansfield
- Kowhai yellow stockings for Katherine Mansfield
- Ruffled unders for Ruffles to Rebellion
- A dress for when I was a bird
Good to know you are fine but this is the second blog post I have read about the Mansfield house and wall damage – first being this: https://sarahelaing.com/2016/11/24/garden-parties-and-earthquakes/ – I’ve also followed her blog for some years. I hope the damage can be properly repaired. Am off to make a little contribution. Stay safe!
Well, if my post inspired you to help, I’m very glad there was more than one post on the subject! <3
The garden certainly looks beautiful! I am sure it’s going to look even more beautiful & gonna be safe from earthquakes after the boundary wall repair.