On June 4th 1943, the crash of a passenger train bound for Dunedin ended lives, devastated families, and shook an entire country. It was the biggest catastrophe the peaceful Maniototo district had ever seen.
Occurring in the middle of World War II, the disaster struck when the people of New Zealand were already mourning the loss of those killed or anxiously awaiting news of those who remained in peril overseas. Struck with another heavy blow, they wondered how a tragedy like this could happen so close to home.
At the final count, twenty-one lives were lost in the accident, and many more passengers were injured.
Elizabeth Coleman’s father and eldest brother were killed in the Hyde railway disaster, another brother was injured, and the resources of their small community severely strained. From then on, life for Elizabeth and her family was forever changed.
It Doesn’t Take A War, tells the story of how she was able to restore herself and overcome the damaging effects of the event itself, along with the ramifications that continued into her adult life which she feels caused her to be an inadequate mother to her children.
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