Just like you, but different
I was as about as underneath the Auckland harbour bridge as you could be today and I saw this. It was beyond a fence line.
Curiosity and all that I googled the name with no results. It’s an unusual name, and I would have thought that there might have been something. But then it goes to show that you have to have been on the internet somewhere to be on the internet somewhere. I wonder why there is a monument at that place, something that is so permanent and a reminder. Their quiet place, their reflective place, I don’t know. Well I do know that I found a reminder to them, and that’s got to make you wonder, just a bit.
So Shanley Maree Haggerty, whoever you were clearly you mean something to someone given that the garland of flowers was present, and you’ll have to trust me that you have to know where this is to know where it is, it’s not a place that many Auckland people would even consider there being access too, let alone a park.
My curiosity about the undersides of the Harbour bridge let me to seek out access, I wasn’t expecting to find this nor the memorial that I found either, it’s not a welcoming place, it’s shaded, noisy from traffic, and there are not a lot of redeeming features, no beach, no access to the shore line, just the undersides of a steel girder bridge. But it is wonderful.
11th January Update :
I’ve had someone let me know that they think that Shanley Haggerty was someone who died during the construction of the clip-on lanes. Which could be right, but seems a little odd considering that the monument to the other construction workers isn’t close and is somewhat grander
There is some conflicting history about the number of deaths widely reported as 3 but sometimes as 4. The monument lists just the three names. None of the documents that I’ve skim read (to be fair) mention any names of the dead workers. And they are all mentioned as “men”, and although I don’t think Shanley Maree Haggarty is a man’s name it could be that Maree is a family name that has some significance.
24th January Update :
Google eventually coughs up a bit of information as:
Shanley Maree McGowan –
Birth: 7 Aug 1967 in Auckland.
Death: 29 May 1993 in Auckland Harbour Bridge.
Burial: Body Not Recovered
Father: is not listed
Mother: is not listed
She was a Teacher who Married on the 27th Oct 1990 in Our Lady Of The Mount, Titirangi to Malcolm James Haggerty.
And now I’m saddened even more, because I know why there is a reminder, but more because it’s not a way to end a life.