Two earthquakes in the 7.1- 7.4 range left Christchurch reeling, and the cathedral which had stood for 180 years, extensively damaged. These photos of Cathedral square were taken before the first big quake: September 2010.
Cathedral Square and the glorious bluestone University buildings – and Christchurch centre: Gone, but not forgotten. What wasn’t ruined by the quake, was damaged by flooding and “liquifaction.”
The old Norwegian club house – on Norwegian National Day celebrations. Gone, but not forgotten. The Norwegian club is still in existence but the clubhouse was sold, a sign of the times when the club cannot maintain a large enough membership base, to maintain the building.
Annual Syttende Mai parades, good norwegian mat, (food), friendship, dancing and flag waving is gone, but not forgotten. The upholding of a tradition, and cultural ways.
Traditions can go, but should never be forgotten, for that is a true historical tragedy.
Something to Ponder About