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Agency ID11485
TitleWynnum Fire Brigade Board
Agency TypeStatutory authority
Start Date 8/9/1921
End Date 1/1/1928
Date NotesN/A

The Wynnum Fire Brigade Board was constituted under the 'Fire Brigades Act of 1920'

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Series IDTitleFromTo
19730Minute Book 8/9/1921 31/7/1990
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Agency IDTitleFromTo
123Home Secretary's Office 8/9/1921 1/1/1928
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Related Agencies

Agency IDTitleRelationship
11483Brisbane Fire Brigade Boardrelated
11484Metropolitan Fire Brigades Boardrelated
11363State Fire Services Councilrelated
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Information Sources
The Fire Brigades Act of 1920
The City of Brisbane Act of 1924
Calthorpe, K D & Capell, K 1997, Brisbane on Fire, K Capell, Brisbane.
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Establishing Fire Brigades Act 1920
Abolishing N/A
Administered N/A
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The Wynnum Fire Brigade Board was constituted under the 'Fire Brigades Act of 1920' with the first meeting of the Brigade held in the Wynnum Town Hall on the 25th of August. The board purchased land in Mountjoy Terrace and Haylock Street. The land at Haylock Street was used to build the Chief's residence with a temporary station providing a watchtower and bell erected in Mountjoy Terrace. A staff consisting of Chief, Deputy Chief and six Auxiliaries were appointed. It was not until 1924 that Wynnum Manly officially became a part of the Brisbane City Council.

The schedule of the act contains very detailed rules and regulations pertaining to the operations of all fire brigade boards. In general, the boards carried the responsibility for: "extinguishing fires and protecting life and property in case of fire". For the performance of that duty, the boards provided and maintained fire brigade, including: ensuring that the brigade had sufficient number of firemen, fire vehicles, equipment necessary for the performance of their duties. Among other duties, the boards also established and administered a Fire Brigade Fund, created bylaws, registered volunteer fire brigades and appointed officers as required.

All fire brigade boards were set up as a body corporate according to the Fire Brigades Act of 1920. The board consisted of seven members elected every third year. Two members were appointed by the Governor in Council, two were elected from the local authority and three were elected from contributory fire insurance companies. Funding was contributed to the board by each of these three groups in proportion to their representation on the board.

With the expansion of the Greater City of Brisbane to cover the Wynnum Manly area, the Wynnum Fire Brigade Board was eventually disbanded and on 1 January 1928 the area was included under the authority of the Brisbane Metropolitan Fire Brigades Board. The brigade continued to operate from the original station until the new station (on the same site) was opened on 25 May 1938.

Queensland's fire brigades all continued to operate separately until July 1990 when they were amalgamated under the Fire and Rescue Service Act. This created a single state-wide Fire Service incorporating the Rural Fire Division.

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Queensland State Archives Agency ID11485, Wynnum Fire Brigade Board
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Last updated 9 September 2016
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