This week in Christchurch history (18 – 24 November)

18 November 1947
Disastrous fire in Ballantynes Department store. 41 lives lost in New Zealand’s worst fire tragedy. The fire led to drastic revisions of fire safety codes throughout the country.

21 November 1865
Provincial Council buildings in Durham Street completed. The complex of buildings was architect B.W. Mountfort’s masterpiece. He had survived a professional disaster soon after arrival in New Zealand when his first building, a church in Lyttelton, had proved structurally unsound and had to be demolished.

24 November 1881
St Albans Borough formed.

Christchurch chronology
A timeline of Christchurch events in
chronological order from pre-European times to 1989.

More November events in our Christchurch chronology.