Title / object name
|Maker ||Date |
|Unknown ||Early 1940s |
|Overall ||80 (Height) x 70 (Length) x 80 (Width/Depth) mm|
Gift of Dr Guy P. Hallwright, 2008
This pottery money box was found at ‘ground zero’ (the epicentre) of the atomic bomb blast that devastated Hiroshima, Japan, on 6 August 1945. It is a poignant reminder of everyday Japanese life at the time the United States dropped the bomb near the end of World War II.
The money box was collected by a member of Jayforce – New Zealand’s contribution to the occupying force after Japan’s surrender. He visited the ruins in 1946 and, like many other New Zealanders, collected such souvenirs.
Impact of Hiroshima
At least 70,000 people were killed in the Hiroshima blast, with many thousands more dying or suffering from radiation in years to come. The atomic bomb was the first to be used in war and it kick-started the nuclear-arms race.
Nuclear weapons appalled New Zealanders, but the country remained closely allied with nuclear powers Britain and the US, both of which tested nuclear weapons in the Pacific until the early 1960s.