Olaf Hansen

Olaf (known as Yank), aged 35 and a taxi proprietor lived in Seatoun Road. In April 1932 he had gradually been excavating a cliff at the rear of his house to make more room for a yard.

On 14th April, he worked for a while on the excavation and then came in for a cup of tea. He remarked ‘Isn’t it a wonder the cliff doesn’t fall down after being undermined like that?’

He returned to his work and a few minutes later his wife Mabel heard a woman scream, followed by a rumble. She came out and was told her husband had been buried beneath a fall. Douglas Logan, medical practitioner said that Olaf suffered from severe shock and internal injuries. Mabel was with Olaf when he died at Wellington hospital later that day.

Olaf was born in Denmark. He is the only interment in this plot.

There is a Mabel Hansen who died aged 56 and was cremated at Karori Cemetery in 1951 but have not confirmed the connection.

Plot: *Ch Eng 2/K/268

By Julia Kennedy

Olaf Hansen plot