23 November

Civic funeral for 41 Ballantyne's fire victims

1947 Civic funeral for 41 Ballantyne's fire victims

On 18 November 1947 Ballantyne's, a Christchurch department store that was a local institution, was razed by one of the worst fires in New Zealand's history. The bodies of the 41 victims were buried at Ruru Lawn Cemetery, Bromley, after a civic funeral. Read more...
Pope John Paul II celebrates Mass in windy Wellington

1986 Pope John Paul II celebrates Mass in windy Wellington

The first and so far only visit to New Zealand by a Bishop of Rome was significant for Catholics and the wider community. Read more...