A plaque has been laid at the site of Auckland’s worst tram accident on Christmas Eve 1903, when three people died and over 50 were injured.
The accident involved a full double decker tram headed towards Eden Terrace at around 8.30pm. While the tram was waiting for another tram to clear the way, a brake failed and the car began to roll back towards Kingsland.
As it hurtled through the darkness the tramcar reached a speed of more than 60kmh and collided with another tram coming from Kingsland village. The collision occurred on New North Road between New Bond Street and King Street.
Fatally injured were Mt Eden resident Ann Young Hogarth, Benjamin Morrison Lindsay of Kingsland and William Caley, an accountant of Rocky Nook. A full list of names of those who died and were injured in the disaster is available at this link.
113 years later, after a callout in local media by Kingsland Business Society manager Christine Foley, over a dozen relatives of victims came forward. They were included in the commemoration ceremony and plaque unveiling which took place at the site on Friday 23 December 2016.
Albert-Eden Local Board funded the modern aluminium plaque, which includes a QR Code with linking information. It is one of a series of twelve new Kingsland Heritage Icons plaques installed to replace previous test panels at sites throughout Kingsland.