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Sharon Allayne Oakley

Female 1946 -  (72 years)


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  • Name Sharon Allayne Oakley 
    Born 10 Aug 1946  Ashburton NZ Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Female 
    Notes 
    Person ID I885  Omundsen
    Last Modified 28 Oct 2018 

    Family Murray James Major,   b. 17 Jan 1946, Gisborne NZ Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 72 years) 
    Children 
     1. Sarah Annette Major,   b. 23 Sep 1967, Christchurch NZ Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 51 years)
     2. Louise Laura Major,   b. 19 Oct 1970, Wellington NZ Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 48 years)
    Photos
    Wahine NZ Inter Island Ferry Sinking 50th Anniversary Stamp
    Wahine NZ Inter Island Ferry Sinking 50th Anniversary Stamp
    Murray, Sharon & Sarah Major Waiting To Abandon Ship.
    On 10 April 1968 the New Zealand Inter Island Ferry, the Wahine, was caught in a fierce storm and ran aground on Barrett Reef in the mouth of the Wellington harbour and capsized.

    Sarah was 6 months old and on board with her parents Murray & Sharon.
    Her mother Sharon threw her off the ferry down to a young 18 year old man Mike Fisher waiting below in a lifeboat.
    Sharon then managed to scramble onto the lifeboat herself.
    Her father Murray dropped into the water and held a rope on the side of the liferaft.
    A tugboat appeared, and once again Sarah had to throw Sarah, this time up to a waiting sailor who caught her safely.
    All three managed to survive.
    There were 734 people on board, and 53 people died.
    Last Modified 28 Oct 2018 
    Family ID F41  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart