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The following is the latest from Otara re the wreck of the Tararua :—“ Wyndham, 1 p.m. —No more bodies have been found. Three police remain at Waikawa. Gorton has been identified as a groom to Dr Cotterill, of Invercargill. At the inquest the verdict was ‘Found Drowned.’ The jury added a rider that a light should be placed on Waipapa Point, as three vessels have been wrecked there. It is not the slightest use of people coming here, as there is no accommodation. Captain Garrard has a married sister in Christchurch, a brother in Wellington, and a brother in Nelson.

A public meeting was held in the Durham street (Christchurch) Wesleyan schoolroom last evening, for the purpose of taking steps to show some practical sympathy with the bereaved families of the late Revs. J. B. Richardson and J. Armitage, who were passengers by the ill-fated Tararua. There was a considerable attendance of persons, representing all denominations. Resolutions were carried expressing sympathy with the bereaved families, and a subscription list was opened, and over L2OO promised. [by telegraph.] Dunedin, To-day. Being mail day, only twenty persons attended the Mayor’s meeting to devise means for relieving the widows and orphans of the Tararua disaster. A committee was appointed to make enquiries. The opinion was expressed that a large sum was not required, as many of the passengers had insured their lives. The Union s.s. Company head the Tararua disaster subscription list with 100 guineas, promising to give further help if necessary. The Mayor of Dunedin will be thankful to receive any information respecting any cases requiring urgent relief. It transpires that Mrs Brown and three children were not passengers by the Tararua.

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THE TARARUA DISASTER., Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 335, 4 May 1881

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THE TARARUA DISASTER. Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 335, 4 May 1881

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