Topic: Carrington and Shannon, mountaineers killed in Gorge

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On the 22 August 1926 Three mountaineers, Carrington, Shannon and Brassington decided to float down the Waimakariri River from its upper reaches down through the gorge in a kerosene tin raft.

On the 22 August 1926 Three mountaineers, Carrington, Shannon and Brassington decided to float down the Waimakariri River  from its upper reaches down through the gorge in a kerosene tin raft. The river was carrying a lot of water at the time and they came to grief at the back of Flock Hill sheep station. Carrington and Shannon were both drowned and Brassington made it ashore.

A search party went out looking for them when Brassington raised the alarm. Mr Jack Kidd a neighbour of the Flock Hill Station owner and owner of the Avoca sheep station, was in the search party and took the party to where he rekoned the bodies would be found. He was spot on and the party brought the bodies out on horses. He must have had some built in radar. Mr Bruce Daniels of Christchurch offered to take Mr Brassington up the Waimak in his jet boat but he was not interested in going. Carrington and Shannon are both buried in the Springfield cemetery. Mt Carrington in the upper headwaters of the Waimakariri was named after Carrington. 

Source: Tom Ferguson?

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