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Image collection: Ballantynes’ Fire

This is a sample of photographs of the Ballantynes’ Fire disaster of 18 November 1947. You can search the catalogue for more photographs.

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A Salvation Army worker provides tea for firemen and volunteers battling the fire
A Salvation Army worker provides tea for firemen and volunteers battling the fire
Battling the flames tense firemen in action.
Battling the flames: tense firefighters in action
Rescuing Mr K. Ballantyne from the burning building on Colombo Street, Christchurch
Rescuing Mr K. Ballantyne from the burning building on Colombo Street, Christchurch
Firemen battling the blaze : directing jets on the furniture department.
Firemen battling the blaze : directing jets on the furniture department
Sailors of the ships Bellona and Arbytus (Royal New Zealand Navy) help to attack the flames
Sailors of the ships Bellona and Arbytus (Royal New Zealand Navy) help to attack the flames
Firemen, servicemen and civilians fighting the fire
Firemen, servicemen and civilians fighting the fire
Firemen dampening down Ballantyne's building, Christchurch
Firemen dampening down Ballantyne’s building
Firemen dampening down the main entrance of Ballantyne's, Colombo Street, Christchurch
Firemen dampening down the main entrance of Ballantyne’s
Firemen dampening down the main entrance of Ballantyne's building, Christchurch
Firemen dampening down the main entrance of Ballantyne’s building
View of still-smoking Ballantynes after the fire of 1947
View of still-smoking Ballantynes after the fire
Aerial view of the gutted shell of the three-storied department building
Aerial view of the gutted shell of the three-storied department building
View of the central area of the gutted building : little remains except for the brick dividing walls and twisted roof iron.
View of the central area of the gutted building: little remains except for the brick dividing walls and twisted roof iron
Aftermath of Ballantyne's Fire, view from Cashel Mall 1947
Aftermath of Ballantyne’s Fire, view from Cashel Mall 1947
Aftermath of Ballantyne's Fire, view from Colombo Street
Aftermath of Ballantyne’s Fire, view from Colombo Street
Aftermath of Ballantyne's Fire, crane demolishing wreckage
Aftermath of Ballantyne’s Fire, view from crane demolishing wreckage
Soldiers work amongst the debris
Soldiers work amongst the debris
A city mourns the 41 victims as they are carried through the streets of Christchurch on the way to the civic funeral
A city mourns the 41 victims as they are carried through the streets of Christchurch on the way to the civic funeral
Funeral for the Ballantynes Fire victims
Funeral for the Ballantynes Fire Victims at Ruru Lawn Cemetery, Christchurch. Forty one coffins are laid out with flowers. Taken by an unknown photographer - an acquaintance of Arthur Cyril Pearce. Cyril was a driver of dignitaries to the funeral. 23 November 1947

Photo of Ballantynes fire, Christchurch. New Zealand

Ballantynes fire, Christchurch. New Zealand Free Lance : Photographic prints and negatives.
Ref: PAColl-8163-27. Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, New Zealand. http://natlib.govt.nz/records/23204872

Photo of trucks with wreaths in Cathedral Square

Trucks with wreaths in Cathedral Square, Christchurch, during the funeral service for victims of the Ballantyne's Department Store fire,. New Zealand Free Lance : Photographic prints and negatives. Ref: PAColl-7171-90. Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, New Zealand. http://natlib.govt.nz/records/22739444

Photo of Funeral for the victims of the Ballantyne's Department Store fire

Funeral for the victims of the Ballantyne’s Department Store fire, Ruru Lawn Cemetery, Christchurch. New Zealand Free Lance : Photographic prints and negatives. Ref: PAColl-7171-88. Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, New Zealand. http://natlib.govt.nz/records/22322125

Ballantyne Memorial Rose Garden

Images of the plaques and roses of the Ballantyne Memorial Rose Garden in the Ruru Lawn Cemetery, Christchurch.

The Christchurch City Council website Memorials sectino has information about the Ballantyne Memorial Rose Garden.

Ballantyne Memorial Rose Garden Tribute to Kelvin Rodgers Jessie Smith Ballantyne Memorial Rose Garden