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11 April, 2023

Search on for old firefighting equipment

THE hunt is on for firefighting memorabilia to fill the new Historic Village Herberton Fire Station exhibit.


Bill Leet wants to hear from anyone with firefighting memorabilia for a new exhibit at Herberton Historic Village.
Bill Leet wants to hear from anyone with firefighting memorabilia for a new exhibit at Herberton Historic Village.

The village is seeking items such as an old firefighter ladder, uniform, brass helmet, bells or even photos and newspaper clippings for the new exhibit to be established in the building that served as Herberton’s fire station from 1952 until September 1973 when a new brick station was built in Grace Street.

The old fire station then became the Girl Guide Hut and continued as their premises for almost 50 years until 2022 when Tablelands Regional Council condemned the building.

It was carefully dismantled by staff of the Historic Village Herberton under the leadership of project manager Bill Leet and established at the village, regaining its original fire station status.

It will showcase the Historic Village’s collections of old fire trucks along with as much firefighting memorabilia as possible.

Historic Village Herberton curator Darryl Cooper says there must be firefighting memorabilia, equipment and other relics out there in the wider community.

“The call out is for anything related to firefighting such as ladders, uniforms, brass helmets, bells and other historic equipment, including breathing apparatus and resuscitation gear, since the early-mid 1900s as well as photos and newspaper clippings,” he said.

“We welcome anything people find for consideration. We would love to hear from you.”

If you have something of interest, or would like to donate, please contact manager@historicvillageherberton.com.au

The new Herberton Fire Station exhibit is due to open in June 2023 following a full restoration.

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