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THE WELLINGTONIAN, MAY 12, 2011
Transpower, the owner and operator of New Zealand's
national electricity grid, is planning to undertake
routine repairs to the wires (conductors) on its
Bunnythorpe--Wilton A line from 21 to 31 May 2011.
The repairs will be undertaken using implosive fittings.
These are sleeves fitted with explosives that are attached to
a damaged aluminium conductor and detonated. The heat
from the implosions will fuse and repair the damaged areas.
The sound generated from this repair work can be heard
several kilometres away, and is very loud at close distances.
The work is being undertaken only on those sections of line
away from populated areas.
Please do not be alarmed if you hear loud noises, see flashes
on the lines, or notice helicopters flying near the areas
indicated on the map.
Location of work
The area of activity is detailed in the accompanying map.
ROUTINE TRANSMISSION LINE MAINTENANCE --
CONDUCTOR REPAIRS USING EXPLOSIVES
If you would like more information on this project
please visit www.gridnewzealand.co.nz/wellington-implosive-repairs or call Stephen Howard on 027 490 9464.
Timing of work
The work is scheduled to occur between 21 and 31 May 2011
inclusive. It will typically take place between the hours of 7:00am
and 6:00pm, although implosions will be timed and sequenced
to be as least disruptive as possible.
Searching for war
By EMMA BEER
Alan Gray Tolley, 21. Son of Henry John and
Eva Florence Tolley (nee Stout). Attended
Wellington College and was employed as a
clerk at North Island Motor Union Insurance
Ian Charles Salt, 20. Son of Charles Henry
and Margaret Crawford Salt (nee Boa).
Attended Rongotai College and was
employed as a messenger by P&T in
On April 21, 1943, a Stirling III plane
was shot down over Denmark, killing all
seven men on board. Four were New Zea-
landers, the other three British.
Nelson woman Diane Ramsay s uncle,
Frank Upton, was aboard that flight.
The 70th anniversary of the crash wil
be in 2013 and Mrs Ramsay and hus-
band, Brian, are searching for relatives of
the other six men.
It would be nice to meet up with the
other family members, she said.
Since their search began, they have
managed to find the niece of one of the
British men, William Ellis.
Two of the young men on board were
from Wellington, and she hopes some
relatives may still be in the area.
Alan Tolley, 21, and Ian Salt, 20, went
to school in Wellington and worked in the
region before being deployed.
The third New Zealander was Cyril
Cobb, 30, who was from Thames.
With the help of a Danish historian,
the Ramsays have been able to find more
information about the young men.
Although she never met her uncle, Mrs
Ramsay remembers her father speaking
fondly of his brother.
He always wished he had a chance to
visit the memorial site in Bogballe,
It started in 1982. My husband and I
went to England for a holiday. [I decided
I would] quite like to see the crash site,
The couple have visited the Esbjerg
(Fourfelt) Cemetery three times, and the
crash site twice.
On their 1998 visit, Mrs Ramsay was
told the local Danish home guard had
added a brass plaque with the names of
the crew engraved. She had thought she
would just visit the site, but was amazed
to be asked to unveil the memorial stone.
At least 100 people were present, includ-
ing the mayor. The Danes really take on
board looking after the graves and crash
sites, she said.
If you have information relating to family
members of the New Zealand men,
write to us at editor@the
We will pass it on to the Ramsays.
By KIRSTEN O'REGAN
One woman s trash will
become another s trea-
sure at an upcoming
textile fair in Newtown,
and shopaholics can
rest easy knowing it s
all for a good cause.
Brennan came up with
the concept of fabric-a-
brac after her mother
moved into a rest home,
leaving behind an im-
pressive material col-
Although a sewer, Ms
Brennan knew she
would never get around
to using all the mate-
I thought that if I
was in this situation,
there might be others,
She held the first fair
in 2009, giving most of
the proceeds to the
Mary Potter Hospice.
Ms Brennan s con-
nection with the hos-
pice is personal, her
father having spent his
final years there.
become a regular event
on the Wellington craft
large numbers of what
Ms Brennan calls fab-
The next fabric-a-
brac will be held on
May 21 at St Anne s
Hall, Newtown, from
9.15am till 12.30pm.
The organisers are
looking for fabric or
sewing accessory dona-
tions for the hospice
Donations can be
dropped off at the Mary
Potter Hospice recep-
tion in Mein St, New-
During the fabric-a-
brac there will also be a
talk (beginning at
8.30am) by Ann Packer,
writer and textile
A copy of her book,
New Zealand Textile
Arts, will be given
Entry to the talk
costs $5 (proceeds to
Bookings can be
For information, go to
How the mission ended
On April 20, 1943, at 10.05pm, Stirling
III BF506 took off from Newmarket,
Suffolk. Its mission was to bomb the
Baltic ports of Rostock and Stettin.
The crew of BF506 were last heard
reporting starboard inner on fire at
The plane crashed and burst into
flames at Bogballe, 15 kilometres
north of Vejte, Denmark. Reports
indicate the cause was a night-fighter
All seven men on board were killed.
The bodies of six were recovered by
soldiers from an airfield at Rye and
taken to Esbjerg for burial.
The body of Flight Sergeant Cobb
was found on May 11 when the site
was excavated. He was buried with his
men on May 18.
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