Ballantynes' Fire 18 November 1947

A DigitalNZ Story by Donna Robertson

The fire at the Ballantynes Department store in Christchurch on 18 November 1947 was the worst fire in New Zealand’s history. Forty-one people died and the resulting Royal Commission recommended urgent changes to the building regulations and fire prevention and firefighting throughout the country. http://christchurchcitylibraries.com/Heritage/Digitised/BallantynesFire/

ballantyne, ballantynes, fire, 18 November 1947, fires, disaster, Christchurch, department store

Image: Christchurch Fire (1947)
Christchurch Fire (1947)

Archives New Zealand Te Rua Mahara o te Kāwanatanga

Image: Spring Flames
Spring Flames

NZ On Screen