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Volunteer Bush Fire Brigade : 16-May-2013
Volunteer Bush Fire Brigade : 16-May-2013

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A monument celebrates the centenary of the formation of the first volunteer bush fire brigade in NSW at Berrigan . 

In 1896 Mr John Thompson, the baker at Berrigan, called a meeting at which the formation of a bush fire brigade was decided on. The volunteers were mainly business people and shop assistants in the town. The area to be worked was a ten mile radius from the town. The fires were mainly fought with beaters which were wheat sacks folded in four strapped with leather riveted to the sacks. When not in use the beaters were soaked in brine which saved them from burning when used.

By 1901 the formation of a fully equipped brigade was guaranteed and about 30 members were enrolled . Most of the members were employees of the town and were fully supported by their employers to leave the workplace once news that a fire had broken out. 


Address:7 Cobram Street, Berrigan Fire Brigade, Berrigan, 2712
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -35.657985
Long: 145.809419
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:Culture


Actual Monument Dedication Date:Saturday 7th April, 2001
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Centenary Memorial
1901 - 2001

This memorial celebrates the formation in Berrigan 100 years ago, of the first Volunteer Bush Fire Brigade.

This first association of citizens, joined together for the good of the community, has sparked a proud national tradition of Volunteer Rural Fire Brigades across Australia.

Unveiled 7th April 2001

The Hon. Bob Debus MP            Minister for Emergency Services
Phil Koperberg AM AFSM BEM  Commissioner NSW Rural Fire Service
Cr John Bruce                             Mayor Berrigan Shire Council

Source: MA
Monument details supplied by Monument Australia - www.monumentaustralia.org.au
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