Grand Hotel, Auckland, 1902
Sir George Grey Special Collections, Auckland Libraries, 1-W128

Incendiary 1901

AccessibleCentral Auckland

Saturday 29 September and Saturday 6 October, 7.30pm (Artworks Theatre)
Sunday 30 September, 4pm (Ellen Melville Centre)


Ellen Melville Centre, 1 Freyberg Pl, Auckland Central
Artworks Theatre, 2 Korora Rd, Waiheke Island, Auckland


Tickets $10


Bookings are preferred

Door sales are available


Event details

The Grand Hotel in Princes Street, which opened in 1889, was one of the leading hotels in Auckland when it burnt to the ground in 1901. Only the charred brick walls remained, but it was soon rebuilt behind the old fa├žade, which still exists today.

The massive fire took place on the eve of the arrival of the Duke and Duchess of Cornwall. The jury at the inquest ruled that five people died through a deliberate act of arson. This sensational verdict led to a charge of murder.

Waiheke playwright Christine Day Beardon has been researching this forgotten incident in Auckland's history.

She has created a fictional reconstruction of the events surrounding the Grand Hotel fire, which will be presented as a reading by local actors in period costume.

Brought to you by Civic Trust Auckland, Grow Your Own Productions, Auckland City Creative Communities

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