Policewoman at Tangiwai

Constable Ngaere W. Lankow was one of two policewomen singled out for praise for laying out the dead in the mortuary at Waiōuru . This photograph at Trentham racecourse must have been taken in early 1953, as women’s uniforms were introduced in December 1952 and Constable Lankow left the police shortly after the disaster. Women also played an important role in the Auckland mortuary following the Erebus disaster in 1979.

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