Author(s): Elizabeth Coleman
In February 1991 a memorial commemorating the 21 people killed in the Hyde railway accident of 1943 was dedicated. This booklet tells of the persistence shown by a small group of people to have New Zealand's second worst railway disaster officially marked after 48 years of silence. Told largely from the perspective of Elizabeth Coleman, whose father and brother died on the train, the booklet speaks of the healing that came with having the tragedy formally acknowledged. The efforts required to realise the memorial are described in the booklet as is a detailed account of the dedication itself. Many colour photographs illustrate the event. The building of the memorial near the site of the accident on the now popular Central Otago Rail Trail has resulted in the once largely unknown disaster being revealed to thousands of visitors each year.