2011 Earthquake

Sumner Redcliffs RSA Entrance Memorial

Memorial Gates will be erected on the Sumner Redcliff RSA’s former site, in Wakefield Street.

The gates have been designed by club member Rawi Joines, with the kind support of the Christchurch City Council, who paid for all construction and have greatly helped to get this memorial completed for the Sumner Redcliffs area.

Christchurch Earthquake

When the earthquake hit the Canterbury region in 2011, the Sumner, Redcliffs area was hit hard, and suffered a lot of damage, as was reported on the News at the time.

Because of the topography of the area, there were a lot of rock falls and slips. One of which was a large cliff collapse that brought down a large boulder that crushed a block of flats that were under construction at the time, on the old RSA building site located at the rear of the Razza.

One worker, Ian Neville Caldwell aged 47 from New Brighton, was killed. And two of his colleagues were air lifted to the hospital.

It also destroyed the back half of the Sumner Redcliffs RSA, known as the “Razza”, completely burying it in rocks.The Razza was being set up to cater for a reception that was due to start 15 minutes after the earthquake hit, so it was lucky that the bar and Razza were empty at the time.

However, it was a day later that we were informed that two of our life members, husband and wife, Joseph Stuart Routledge (known as Stu), and Lucy Routledge both 74 years old, were killed on the 702 red bus that was crushed by falling masonry on Colombo Street.

They were the gardeners for the RSA and Stu would polish the plaques on the gates. These gates are now being relocated to the new RSA Entrance Memorial on Wakefield Ave in Sumner.