15 Nov 2017

Sound Archives: The Ballantynes Fire of 1947

From Jesse Mulligan, 1–4pm, 1:38 pm on 15 November 2017

Like the earthquakes of 2010-2011, the 1947 fire at Ballantynes department store is a defining tragic event in Christchurch's history. It also had a nationwide impact on the way we fight fires, leading to the creation of a National Fire Service.

This Saturday is the 70th anniversary of the tragedy which saw the loss of 41 lives, and in today's visit to the sound archives of Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision we are going to hear some recordings from people who were there.

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