Theatre Royal Fire - 22 July 1916

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Theatre Royal Fire - 22 July 1916.


A3.116, Puke Ariki Collection

The Theatre Royal Fire of 1916

In the early morning of 22 July 1916, a fire, which stared in the Theatre Royal after the previous night’s screening of “The Martyrdom of Nurse Cavell”, destroyed most of the buildings on the block between Devon, Queen, King and Egmont Streets.

Firefighters battled successfully to save the White Hart and the buildings opposite the theatre on the other side of Devon   Street.


This, the most disastrous fire in New Plymouth’s history, allowed the redevelopment of the area over the next decade and the block and the surrounding area now contains a major concentration of Bates’ buildings.

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