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 Ballantynes Department Store Disaster

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Ballantynes Department Store Disaster

  • Birth unknown
  • Death 18 Nov 1947 Christchurch, Christchurch City, Canterbury, New Zealand
  • Burial Bromley, Christchurch City, Canterbury, New Zealand
  • Memorial ID 7297687

Covering over an acre of land in central Christchurch, New Zealand. Ballentynes Department store, which was considered the "Harrods" of New Zealand, was engulfed by flames within a matter of minutes, killing 41 people. It was the worst fire disaster in New Zealand to this day. All 41 people including 31 women were buried in a mass grave at Ruru Cemetery in Christchurch. The Coroner found that delays in calling the fire brigade, had contributed to the disaster.

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  • Added: 27 Mar 2003
  • Find A Grave Memorial 7297687
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Ballantynes Department Store Disaster (unknown–18 Nov 1947), Find A Grave Memorial no. 7297687, citing Ruru Lawn Cemetery, Bromley, Christchurch City, Canterbury, New Zealand ; Maintained by Find A Grave .