It remains the deadliest fire in New Zealand history. But it will be the year of 1947 that the people of Christchurch will always remember.
Dunstable House after the first additions were made in the 1890s. Recommended for you. The store has undergone an extensive makeover since the 2011 earthquake and now includes a revamped cosmetic hall with 24 beauty houses, treatment rooms and a salon. Ballantynes was established in 1854 and … Home Keywords ballantynes fire. Events In History . The showrooms, fitting rooms, art gallery and sumptuous tearooms catered to the elite of Canterbury. The business was owned and managed by two brothers and who were of the Ballantyne family. Established in 1854, Ballantynes is New Zealand's first department store. Subscribe to our newsletter. The bodies of the 41 victims were buried at Ruru Lawn Cemetery, Bromley, after a civic funeral. 23 November 1947. It was also Christchurch’s first store to use electricity to light up its wares. On 18 November 1947 Ballantyne's, a Christchurch department store that was a local institution, was razed by one of the worst fires in New Zealand's history. Civic funeral for 41 Ballantyne's fire victims. Shop the latest products from our Instagram page shop instagram. WORLD is celebrating its 25th year in 2014 and whilst enjoying looking back at our history, we have found inspiration and amazement in learning the story of our retail partner in Christchurch. Civic funeral for 41 Ballantyne's fire victims. Yet a dignified Italianate facade concealed dangerous secrets. 41 people died; 39 employees and two auditors, who found themselves trapped by the fire, or were overcome by smoke while evacuating the store complex without a fire alarm or evacuation plan. Ballantynes Department Store is a large, modern and centrally located department store housing the latest clothing, fashion and beauty brands in downtown Christchurch. It was Cup week and the city was abuzz with visitors and shoppers. 23 November 1947. The Ballantynes fire was a tragic event in the history of New Zealand and for Christchurch and Ballantynes in particular.
The fire at the Ballantynes Department store in Christchurch on 18 November 1947 was the worst fire in New Zealand’s history. This is the story of Ballantynes Department Store. 4,348 were here. @Ballantynes_Department_Store.
The bodies of the 41 victims were buried at Ruru Lawn Cemetery, Bromley, after a civic funeral. On 18 November 1947 Ballantynes, a Christchurch department store that was a local institution, was razed by one of the worst fires in New Zealand’s history. It was the year of the Ballantyne’s Fire. In mid-afternoon, when the fire began, an estimated 250–300 people were shopping at Ballantynes, which had a staff of 458.