Greetings Card, Bluff Fire Brigade; Phillips Bros.; 1909; BL.P715

Name/Title

Greetings Card, Bluff Fire Brigade

About this object

This Christmas card from 1909 shows the ten men of the Bluff Fire Brigade. In the back row from left to right are Fireman T. West, Fireman A. Gilson, and Fireman J. Cantrick. In the middle row, from left to right are Fireman J. Haywood, Hydrant man Lieutenant S.E. Gilson, Captain R.Wright, Foreman H. Butterfield, Fireman J. Matherson, Hydrant man and Secretary. In the front row from left to right are Fireman C. J. Fox, Branchman and Fireman J. E. King, Branchman.

In the 19th century fire was a constant threat to the predominately wooden settlements of New Zealand. Local brigades made up of volunteers from the community were charged with fighting any outbreaks. But by 1909, following the Municipal Corporation Act 1867, Councils were setting up regulated fire brigades and paying its core members.

These new regimented brigades were often characterised by their military style uniforms and ranks. Yet they were still composed predominately of local men continuing a strong community identity and commitment.

Maker

Phillips Bros.

Maker Role

Printer

Date Made

1909

Period

1900s

Place Made

Oceania, New Zealand, South Island, Southland, Invercargill

Medium and Materials

organic, vegetal, processed material, paper, photographic paper
organic, vegetal, processed material, paper, cardboard

Measurements

h 165 mm x w 105 mm

Subject and Association Keywords

Emergency Services

Object Type

documents

Object number

BL.P715

Copyright Licence  

Public Domain Public Domain

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