Picturing Canterbury: Sinkhole on Ilam Road

Sinkhole on Ilam Road. Christchurch Star Archive. In copyright. CCL-StarP-02221A.

The sinkhole appeared on the northbound lane of Ilam Road across from the University of Canterbury Student Union building (just before the corner of University Drive). The car was removed after it was declared that there was no threat of a gas leak. 13 March 1975.

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