NOTHING NEW UNDER THE SUN (ALMOST)
11th December, 1907 : Fire early yesterday destroyed almost all of New Zealand’s Parliament House in Wellington. Only the NZ Legislative Assembly library, which is built of stone, remains. Much of the rest of the wooden building was very old and flammable. The fire started in the native interpreter’s room. The Assembly library was saved by a night watchman who saw the fire and closed a steel screen over the passage to the library. Piles of books were carried into the street. Most of the Premier’s papers were rescued, however many other valuable items were destroyed, including the entire contents of the offices of the Attorney-General and the Minister for Lands, which contained historical records.
[Now we have shredders and computers for this kind of record cleansing.]