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Tuesday, 5 January 2010

Christchurch Volunteer Fire Brigade 1881 - competitors


Whilst browsing around Ferrymead Heritage Park at the end of December, i just couldn't help myself on discovering old framed photos just propped up against display cases in the 'Hall of Flame' museum at the park.

Armed with my digital camera i just had to take individual photos of the fellows in at least one of the fabulous momentoes, you never know who may be researching them and not have a photo of them as yet! So here they are. The names are underneath the photo and in correct order.


For larger and downloadable photos, see this set on my flickr page at http://www.flickr.com/photos/porkynz/sets/72157623019060571/
some of these men have more information on flickr.

Paperspast article mentioning the games http://tinyurl.com/yhzw5uj

Competing teams of the Christchurch
Volunteer Fire Brigade
At Friendly Societies Fete December 26th 1881
(for Engine Competition)


Larger photo at top of the 16 men - Superintendent E SMITH


No 1 team [winners]
Time 41 4/5 seconds


Foreman E SMITH
Engineer J FRASER
Branchman P M JOHNSTON
Branchman J ANDERSON
A ANDERSON
Treasurer C D MARSH
A HALL
A EMPSON

No 2 Team
Time 42 2/5 seconds


Engineer A PILLOW
Asst Engineer A W HILLIER
W HISCOKE
A H KELSEY
A WATT
W HARRISON
W CONDON
H WEST

2 comments:

  1. The Lichfield Street Fire Station (south side between Colombo & Manchester Streets) was built as the Baptist Chapel in 1864, and served as the Fire Station from 1871 to 1879, when it subsequently became the Odfellows Hall. The above pic is very early, as a later image shows sign writing below the watch tower and an 1879 photo indicates later alterations to the tower.

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  2. Fantastic Mr CH! Thank you for adding the extra information... it all helps to paint a picture for sure!

    Hope all is well for you in the fickle land of canterbury!

    Cheers
    S

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