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Looking back: Kyabram Fire Station opens in 1930

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April 12, 2018

Kyabram Fire Brigade's opening of the new Fire Station in Bradley St in 1930. Back: M A Todd, L J Slattery, W Sinnott. Third row: W James, J Tracey, H Teague, Jim Bourke. Second row: H Thompson, R Leckie (Captain), J Drum, A R Outram, J Matthews, N Hawking, V Hutchinson, G Reeves, A McAnulty, J Mulcahy. Front:G Loughridge, R A Hawking, L Crooks, T James, E Billingham, C E Edis, Jim Howard, R I Barnett.

A DUAL ceremony was performed at the new fire station in Bradley St, Kyabram on Wednesday, December 3, 1930 in front of a large crowd.

Chief officer W M Chellew laid the foundation stone and president captain A McPherson of the Country Fire Brigade board declared the new Kyabram Fire Station open.

The fire station was the latest to be built to the order and specifications of the CFBB.

Members of the Kyabram brigade, in spick and span uniforms, mustered in full force under Captain R Leckie, and visitors were shown over the building.

An imposing bell tower of steel, 47 feet high, had been erected.

It was intended that a brigadesman should sleep on the premises which would soon be connected by telephone.

Afternoon tea was served by a number of ladies at the conclusion of the ceremony.

More than 50 people, including visitors from neighbouring towns, attended an evening banquet in the fire station which included many toasts throughout the night.

During the evening Mr Gordon Anderson sang several songs with Mr W Vaughan on the piano.

Mr E Edis played a violin solo and Mr C Dean a trumpet solo.

A splendid spread was provided by Mrs Webb.

â– Compiled by Eileen Sullivan, Kyabram Historical Society voluntary librarian, from the files of the Kyabram Free Press.

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