Christchurch New Zealand

Richard Offen richard.offen at
Sat Feb 26 11:15:49 GMT 2011

Members may be interested to know that rescuers started the gruesome task of
sifting through the rubble of the collapsed spire of Christ Church Cathedral
looking for the 20 or so people known to have been in the cathedral at the
time of the earthquake.


I feel that this makes Simon Jenkin's article even more inappropriate at
this time.


You may also be interested to know that two of the victims from the
earthquake, already identified were the factory foreman, Neil Stocker, and
cabinet maker, Scott Lucy,  from the South Island Organ Company (one of the
most prolific organ builders in the Southern Hemisphere).   Ironically,
these two guys were removing an organ from Durham Street Methodist Church to
allow structural repairs to be made following last September's earthquake.
Sadly, the building completely collapsed whilst they were inside.   Neil and
Scott were known to several of us here in Perth as they had recently worked
on both the Anglican and Catholic Cathedral organs.



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