Explosion at Chemical Works of Messrs Bush & Co

Explosion at Chemical Works of Messrs Bush & Co

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Date Photo Taken 30th March 1933
Area Mitcham
Picture Reference Mit_​Org_​Events_​8-13
Original Format Photo
Notes / History Backs of houses in Belgrave Road showing the extent of damage to properties from the explosion on the 30th March 1933 at the chemical manufacturers Messrs Bush & Co. whose three acre site lay to the rear of Belgrave Road.

The explosion was due to a tank of methylated spirits boiling over and igniting, and injured twenty three people, while one twelve year old resident of Belgrave Road was killed. The chemical works was distilling peppermint and lavender following a long Mitcham tradition of distilling perfumes from lavender and other plants.

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