Fire and Water

Where there’s smoke there’s fire, where there’s fire there better be water… This is story of Auckland’s first dependable water supply… one that firefighters could rely on to confront the flames...

Auckland’s Fire Towers and Bells

“The toll rang out its alarm of fire, a ruddy glare upon the sky… the bell on the New Zealand Insurance Company’s Building then took up the cry,  swelling to a chorus as other bells across the...

Belles of the Pavement

Serious fires which swept through two of Auckland’s brothels in the early 1880s whetted my interest in those establishments and the women who occupied them. This resulted in the story of “Madame...