History of Gisborne Fire Brigade
Black Saturday- Feb 7 2009
202- The History of the Gisborne Fire Brigade
A new book titled ‘202- A History of the Gisborne Fire Brigade’ was officially launched with a presentation made to the The Gisborne & Mount Macedon Districts Historical Society.
The hard bound colour book explores not only the history of the fire brigade, but the rich history of the township itself.
The project took about 2.5 years of research and writing, with much of the oral history gained through interviews and chats with locals.
The book is authored by Peter Hewett, a long time friend and colleague of fire fighters at Gisborne.
“This is not a book just about fires- they certainly get a mention, especially those incidents that caused a change to Gisborne Fire Brigade. It is more about the spirit and atmosphere of the fire service, the individuals who made impact; the humour and the tragedy; the criticism and hard work”.
Many well known Gisborne identities played a part in the history of Gisborne’s volunteer fire service, with many family connections going back generations.
The project was made possible by Captain Tony Wade who had the foresight to pursue this history, with much of the initial research recorded by Dawn Whittall.
“There is so much history attached to our organization, that we felt that it was important to capture it in writing”.
“202- The History of the Gisborne Fire Brigade” is available to purchase for $45.00 OR $55.00 posted to you within Australia.
You can buy the book at selected local outlets:
- Gisborne Fire Station- Robertson St, Gisborne – pickup only on Sunday mornings or other times by arrangment.
- Computer Connect- 9/29 Hamilton St, Gisborne
- Gisborne & Mount Macedon Districts Historical Society- 2-4 Hamilton Street, Gisborne