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David Cohen warehouse fire, Newcastle 1908

The David Cohen warehouse blaze of 1908

The Cohen building – the biggest in Newcastle – before the fire.

Early on January 20, 1908, Newcastle’s biggest building, the David Cohen warehouse, caught fire. Firemen were called from surrounding districts to come and help quell the blaze, but little could be done. Parts of the building collapsed and damaged their neighbours, including the Shortland Hotel and the library of the Newcastle School of Arts. The fire’s aftermath was extensively photographed and became a popular postcard subject.

A newspaper report of the fire can be read here.

Morning after the David Cohen warehouse fire in Newcastle, January 1908
Another David Cohen warehouse fire in Newcastle: this one was in 1901 and also resulted in extensive damage and loss of stock.

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