At around 3.30pm on 18 November 1947 a fire broke out in Ballantynes' Department Store on the corner of Cashel Street and Colombo Street. The ensuring tragedy resulted in the deaths of 41 people, making it the worst fire in New Zealand history. Our selection of photographs records the events and aftermath of this sad day.
A crane demolishing fire damaged sections of the Ballantynes building. Seen from the corner of Cashel Street and Colombo Street.
The fire damaged Ballantynes building viewed from Colombo Street.
View of Cashel Street, looking west across Colombo Street to the fire damaged Ballantynes building.
Islington Freezing Works Volunteer Fire Service at the Ballantynes fire. Fire Fighters (from right to left) Boby Meyer & Bolo Arps. Two bystanders on the roof of Smiths (before being aware of death...