1926: Steel tower collapses
On 12 May 1926 the winds on Tinakori Hills proved too strong for the steel lattice tower erected just three years earlier at Wellington Radio ZLW.
“Big wireless mast wrecked by violent gale in Wellington on May 13 [sic]: Government radio station put out of action. In falling, the heavy wreckage just missed the concrete building occupied by the radio officers. That was 165 feet in height.” Auckland Weekly News, 20 May 1926. Sir George Grey Special Collections, Auckland Libraries
Wreckage of the tower at Wellington Radio, blown down in a gale. Note on photo says c1929, but this looks like the mast destroyed in 1926. Courtesy David Smith
Children peer at the wreckage of the Wellington Radio tower blown down in 1926. Courtesy David Smith
One of the tower leg attachments which broke in 1926. Courtesy Chris Underwood
Photos from the collapse of the VLW tower. New Zealand Free Lance, 29 May 1926. Click to enlarge.
“The operators who were on duty [when the mast collapsed]. Sitting L-R: D McMahon, JD Hampton [sic – should be JH Hampton] (Supt), RMA Thompson. Standing: JF Sullivan.”
Photo: AW Schaef, New Zealand Free Lance, 19 May 1926