Ballantynes’ Fire Anniversary

Today marks the 67th anniversary of the Ballantynes' Fire. The fire at the Ballantynes Department store in Christchurch on 18 November 1947 was the worst fire in New Zealand’s history and 41 people died. If you want to find out more about this tragic event, Christchurch City Libraries has a resource that features transcripts of articles from…
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Volunteering for community duty

The closest Nigel used to get to a real fire was a training exercise at Christchurch City Council. That all changed in 2003 when the library’s technical project manager joined the Diamond Harbour Volunteer Fire Brigade. In this interview he shares some of the challenges and rewards of his time with the crew. What motivated…
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