Earthquake in Christchurch, New Zealand

When the news came of an earthquake in Christchurch, New Zealand, we immediately thought of Val’s cousin, Gerald Nation, who is a lawyer there. Now news has come via Andy Blum, another cousin living in the USA, that Gerald, his sister Deb Peach, and their families are OK. We were in regular correspondence with Andy Nation (father of Gerald and Deb) about the history of the Green family, until Andy’s death in 1998. The Nations (and Andy Blum) are descended from Edward Lister Green who came to the Cape Colony with his parents and some brothers (one of his brothers was Val’s great great grandfather, Frederick Thomas Green), and married Emily Ogilvie in Grahamstown. He joined the army and served in India, China and Ireland before retiring to New Zealand. Anyway, we are pleased to hear that our Christchurch relatives are OK, and that their houses, though damaged, are still inhabitable.