You can search the catalogue for more photographs.. Ballantynes’ Fire factsheet – An easy to read summary of this disaster. The Ballantynes fire on November 18, 1947, remains New Zealand's deadliest fire tragedy. The fire in Christchurch’s prestigious department store was the deadliest in New Zealand’s history. It serves to mark the line between life and art. Using this item. Staff were eagerly awaiting a visit from reigning Miss New Zealand Mary Wootton and management were quick to reassure staff and customers alike that, despite a bit of smoke, there was nothing to worry about. It’s hard to imagine this type of fidelity to a business today, or even working in a building without an evacuation plan. An oil refinery blows up, causing a firestorm that threatens a hospital and everyone inside. View production, box office, & company info. The Ballantyne's Department Store fire of 18 November 1947 was — until the 2011 earthquake — Christchurch’s biggest disaster. Ablaze is an interesting account of an event I'd never heard of before; a huge blaze in a large Christchurch department store in 1947, the tragic consequences of which, saw a huge makeover of New Zealand's fire regulatory frameworks.It's a well-acted, small-scale disaster docudrama made clearly on a tight budget. 41 people died in total and the fire it is still considered one of New Zealand's worst disasters. The owner of a quaint New Zealand yarn shop, Sophie Dale, gets her world flipped upside down after learning her top supplier of yarn, King Farms, is stopping production. Post-war New Zealand is beginning to boom, and Ballantynes has a staff of over 480 people to tend to every customer’s need. Crime. Independent journalism takes time, money and hard work to produce. Fact file from Christchurch City Libraries Ballantynes' Fire Digital Resources Christchurch City Libraries' resource composed of transcripts of articles from newspapers and other sources regarding the Ballantynes Fire. Many of the 14 films he’s directed and produced have won him awards, including three AACTA’s. This week’s Sunday Theatre feature is Ablaze, a drama about the 1947 fire at the Ballantynes Department Store in Christchurch that killed 41 people. If you can help, donate to The Spinoff Members. Tara Ward reviews. We drink L'affare by day. “You know you shouldn’t be smoking down here,” he tells his mate, as they puff away among the naked mannequins and paint tins. Filmed in black and white, and bookended by colour archival footage of the fire and the funerals, Ablaze has an authentic historic feel and allows real footage of the fire to fit seamlessly into the story. 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In one of the greatest fire tragedies in the history of New Zealand, 28 perished, one died from injuries, and 20 other persons including a baby, were officially reported missing. Written by The Spinoff Daily gets you all the day's best reading in one handy package, fresh to your inbox Monday-Friday at 5pm. You must be a registered user to use the IMDb rating plugin. Follows a group of police officers on the front line wondering what they did to end up where they are now, on the ugly side of Manchester. Hours later, 41 people were dead. Kete Christchurch. It was Cup week and the city was abuzz with visitors and shoppers. 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. In November 1947 forty-one people died in a massive blaze that gutted the huge Ballantynes Department Store complex in the heart of Christchurch’s business district. He soon finds himself a former big city doctor turned small town doctor. Cyril’s a rare rebel in a company that’s a stickler for rules and thrives on a fierce hierarchy, and it’s the unquestioned obedience to these rules that later proves to be the downfall of many. Even when the fire brigade arrive, a lack of training and confidence amongst its members seems pretty obvious too.Ablaze, unusually filmed in black and white, is not a great film but is an ambitious and quite absorbing movie given it's limitations. Upstairs, workers remain oblivious to the danger, and when the fire gets worse, they refuse to evacuate until they get permission to do so. His best-known works as director/producer include Billal, The Diplomat, Molly & Mobarak and The Hungry Tide. 23 November 1947. have any issues contact us on members@thespinoff.co.nz. In 1947 more than 300 people were employed in the department store of J. Ballantyne & Co, situated on the corner of Colombo Street and Cashel Street in the centre of Christchurch. Get a sneak peek of the new version of this page. Staff were eagerly awaiting a visit from reigning Miss New Zealand Mary Wootton and management were quick to reassure staff and customers alike that, despite a bit of smoke, there was nothing to worry about. When the fire breaks out, it's amazing to witness the apathy towards the initial smoke warnings and the authoritarian, but clueless control exerted by floor managers, not just on staff, but customers as well. On November 18, 1947, as a fire took hold in the basement of Ballantynes department store in Christchurch, 500 employees kept working and hundreds of shoppers roamed through the showrooms or chatted over tea and cakes in the cafe. The bodies of the 41 victims were buried at Ruru Lawn Cemetery, Bromley, after a civic funeral. Transcripts . A complaint must first be directed in writing, within one month of publication, to info@thespinoff.co.nz. On Tuesday, 18 November 1947, a fire engulfed Ballantynes department store in central Christchurch, New Zealand. (TV Movie 2019). 41 people lost their lives, 39 staff and 2 of the company's auditors from the partnership of Stewart Beckett. Ablaze begins four days before the fire, and it’s all go in Ballantynes. By the time the fire brigade arrived, the building was engulfed by flames. Was this review helpful to you? 2 of 3 people found this review helpful. The staff member who saw smoke coming from a stairwell asked a colleague to call the fire … It remains New Zealand’s worst fire tragedy. You'll then be asked to choose a password so you Enzedder. The desperate situation of those fighting the Ballantyne's department-store fire is shown in this film of the blaze. Civic funeral for 41 Ballantyne's fire victims. We rely on donations to fund our work. When the plumes of smoke begin to fill the lower floors,  staff are ordered to save the merchandise rather than themselves. Forty-one people died and the resulting Royal Commission recommended urgent changes to the building regulations and fire prevention and firefighting throughout the country. Renee, ... See full summary », On November 18, 1947, as a fire took hold in the basement of Ballantynes department store in Christchurch, 500 employees kept working and hundreds of shoppers roamed through the showrooms or chatted over tea and cakes in the cafe. Ablaze is a memorable drama, one that will share an important piece of New Zealand history with a new audience. Towards the end, there is a transition coda to both black and white and colour news footage of the fire being fought and we are listed more information about the fates of some of the real life characters. The Press, November 19, 1947. p. 7. Ablaze This fire was determined to be "the worst fire in New Zealand's history." Ballantynes was a world of glamour and luxury, and deserves to be depicted in all its vivid glory. This report presents information regarding the Ballantynes Department Store Fire Disaster, which occurred at Christchurch, New Zealand, on the 18th November 1947.  The Ballantyne's fire of 1947 held high significance within New Zealand during this time period and today. Ablaze constantly reminds us that had the right people made different choices, more lives would have been saved. “Loyalty and devotion to duty will kill them. Use the HTML below. Basically, 1940s Ballantynes puts a 60% Briscoes Super Deal sale to shame. The fire soon became out of control with the loss of 41 lives. By the time of the infamous Ballantynes fire it was widely known as the 'queen of department stores' in the city. Local drama Ablaze re-enacts the Ballantynes' fire of 1947, one of New Zealand's deadliest disasters. National Film Unit, 1947 . The Spinoff is a New Zealand online magazine covering politics, pop culture and social issues. deleted in the past. Investigator Jan and profiler Louise constantly move around in the thrilling periphery of a murderer's view as they link a series of killings. The show takes plenty of time to develop the central characters, like store owner Kenneth Ballentyne (Sunday Theatre stalwart Mark Mitchison), terrifying floor manager Edith Drake (Alison Bruce), and sweet Violet Cody (Hannah Marshall), a credit worker who worries that announcing her pregnancy will mean she’ll lose her job. Gardens of fire. On November 18, 1947, as a fire took hold in the basement of Ballantynes department store in Christchurch, 500 employees kept working and hundreds of shoppers roamed through the showrooms or chatted over tea and cakes in the cafe. Today marks the 67th anniversary of the Ballantynes’ Fire. A rising heart surgeon's life takes a turn he never expected and soon everything comes crashing down. Gossipy sales assistant Cyril is the villain of the piece, skiving off to enjoy a sneaky smoke in the cellar. Forty one people died and the resulting Royal Commission recommended urgent changes to the building regulations and fire prevention and firefighting throughout the country.