Story: Fires and fire services

Lyttelton fire, 1870 (1st of 4)

Lyttelton fire, 1870

Artist J. Sanderson painted this reconstruction of the Lyttelton fire of 1870. It raged out of control, destroying much of the business centre. At that time Lyttelton had no fire brigade, so residents were forced to fight the fire, and had to demolish buildings to stop it spreading.

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Alexander Turnbull Library
Reference: B-079-006
Watercolour by J. Sanderson

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How to cite this page:

Nancy Swarbrick, 'Fires and fire services - Early fire services', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/artwork/21865/lyttelton-fire-1870 (accessed 9 December 2019)

Story by Nancy Swarbrick, published 11 Mar 2010