From Fire Station to Café

During History Week earlier this month we shared our first " digital day". With a lot of people unable to travel and limits on the amount of people we can have on site at the moment we had to look at new ways to engage with everyone. One of the things we did during our digital day was to share some history about NSW's oldest fire stations. If you missed out don't worry as we will share some of these pieces that were put together by our heritage team over the coming months. Today though we are going to share the history of NSW's oldest, still-standing (albeit no longer active) fire station. Centrally located on Pitt Street in Haymarket, Sydney, many locals walk past this building unaware of i

What is History Good For?

Thank you to everyone who has supported the Museum for History Week 2020! This was a new concept for the Museum but given the topic was “what is history good for?” we could hardly pass up the opportunity to showcase history as we continue to rebuild after the COVID closure and loss of our CEO Mark White. We had been rebuilding slowly but in the few weeks before History Week we were hit by the Government decision to halt all school excursions. Whilst we all understand and support the decision, this has impacted the Museum greatly given we rely on school excursions as a source of income. Luckily for us, History Week has helped soften this blow. Across nine days we hosted 7 different activities

Station Focus: No. 429 Quirindi Fire Brigade (1920-2020)

*This information is an extract from the colour-book produced by the Museum of Fire's Heritage Team to celebrate the centenary of Quirindi Fire Brigade. Should you wish to use any of the information and pictures provided we ask that you please reference the Museum correctly and contact the Museum for permission where applicable. The Need For A Local Fire Brigade in Quirindi Though the need for a brigade did not go unnoticed by the people of Quirindi. As early as 1902 locals were writing to the newspaper explaining that a fire brigade was “badly needed”. Within one year (1901-1902) three serious fires had occurred in what is described as the most valuable block of the town, which comprised mu

Special History Week Blog – New South Wales’ Oldest Active Fire Stations

Whilst the closed No. 1 Volunteer Company Fire Station in Haymarket is the oldest surviving purpose-built fire station, some of Sydney’s early stations remain operational. This blog will look at the oldest active fire stations and the brigades that continue to operate out of them. These buildings are all located in Sydney and include City of Sydney (1888), Balmain (1894), Lidcombe (1899) and Ashfield (1901). Join us at 2pm today for a look at the #5 oldest active station in NSW! Please note when we say “oldest active fire station” we are referring to the physical building not the brigade itself. That is a completely different list! 1888 – No. 1 City of Sydney Fire Station The City of Sydney

History Week Special Feature: The Most Recent Addition to the Museum's Collection

History Week continues at the Museum this week and into the weekend. If you haven't already checked out what is on offer then please visit our website In the meantime we thought we'd share the story behind the most recent addition to our collection. Thomas James Bown (1810-1872) served as a firefighter in London before arriving in Sydney in 1842, where he became the Colony’s first “professional” firefighter. He was handpicked and brought to Sydney (along with firefighter Edward Harris and two fire appliances) by the Colony’s Mutual Fire Insurance Association which was established in 1841. However, the Mutual Fire Insurance Association only surv

An Update from Our CEO - Exciting Things Are Happening at the Museum!

It has been a very busy few weeks at the Museum as our team prepare for some upcoming special events and have taken part in some recent station openings. One of the lesser known activities of the Museum is our role as the official heritage partner to FRNSW. It is in this capacity that we act as heritage advisor to FRNSW when it comes to moveable heritage (the most common things being plaques, bells, appliances and even billiard tables) and preserving the history of both the brigade and general fire related history for future generations. Recently the Minister for police and emergency services, David Elliott and FRNSW Commissioner Paul Baxter officially opened new stations at Parkes and South

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