Topic: Taranaki Fires

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Salvage Day at Blanche Halcombe's Home New Plymouth Fire Hall July 2011 Whiteley Church Fire The Martyrdom of Nurse Carvell Grosvenor hotel fire


Welcome to the New Plymouth Kete Taranaki Fires basket!

A.B Scanlan sets the scene in his book 100 Years of Firefighting - The New Plymouth Fire Brigade 1866-1966

"Built of timber with no water supply beyond the wells, rain tanks and three meandering streams and with no fire brigade, New Plymouth in its first 25 years of settlement provided enough hazards to daunt the most adventurous and enterprising insurance agent. Household illumination came from candles or oil lamps, and in a climate noted for the intermittent briskness of it's winds the danger of a sweeping conflagration was ever-present....".

We have made a start collecting the stories of the individuals and communities affected by fires throughout the region and hope to add to this collection over time. Please let us know if you have your own stories to add or tales to tell. You can register directly or contact us at the Taranaki Research Centre here


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