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New Zealand Tragedies: Fires and Firefighting
Gavin McLean

In New Zealand, fatal blazes such as the Ballantyne's fire of 1947 or the 1942 fire at Seacliff haunt our collective memory. The Maori had used fire to clear land of forest, a practice that was continued by the European settlers. But it was in the mainly wooden towns of colonial times that the story of fires and firefighting in New Zealand really began.

Well-known historian Gavin McLean traces the history of firefighting through the 19th century up until the 1990s & tells of the fires that have destroyed lives and property.
Thoroughly reserched & written in a lively, approachable style, this copiously illustrated book also includes brief histories of NZ fire brigades.

large paperback first pub 1992 218 pages , very good condition
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