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Medal - CUVFB Award, Australia, 1886 Numismatics Reg. No: NU 33165

Australia Daylesford
Medal - C.U.V.F.B. Award 1886 (AD)
Other Details: Bushfires have been a part of the Daylesford area's history. When Daylesford lost its Freemasons Hotel to fire on 23 January 1861 the community was roused into action. An American, J. H. Lerich, wrote to the newspaper suggesting a fire brigade be formed. His call was taken up by the Police Magistrate and Gold Warden, Daly, and on 19 February 1861 the Daylesford Fire Brigade was formed. It initially had 29 volunteers. The townspeople rallied and an engine house was built, with materials supplied by local businesspeople. The Brigades' first bell came from St Peters Church. In 1963 this was replaced by a bell from Castlemaine, purchased with funds from the Council. The first fire engine arrived in 1864, a second-hand unit from Williamstown costing 100 pounds; a hook and ladder carriage was also purchased. Water was carted in barrels by private contractors who chaged two pounds per barrel.
A hand made cross set in a ring engraved with details of the award.
Acquisition Information:
Transfer from National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), 1976
Discipline: Numismatics
Dimensions: 31 mm (Diameter)
Dimension Comment: Attached by silver loop to a related O'Connell Fire medal NU 20220

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Tagged with: fire brigade demonstrations, fire brigades
Themes this item is part of: Daylesford Fire Brigade, Daylesford, Victoria, George McArthur, Collector & Baker (1842-1903), Public Life & Institutions Collection, Victorian Bushfires Collection
Primary Classification: MEDALS
Secondary Classification: Civil
Tertiary Classification: emergency services
Series: Australian Presentation Medals
DateEra: 1886 AD
Obverse Description: Hand made cross with wreath within circular rim
Reverse Description: Back of cross engraved, Presented by / C.U.V.F.B. / TO / P. O'CONNELL / for Valuable / Services rendered / 1 Nov. 1886
Edge Description: Plain
Inscriptions: Reverse: Presented by C.U.V.F.B. TO P. O'CONNELL for Valuable Services rendered 1 Nov. 1886
Shape: Round with loop
Material: Silver
Issued By: Daylesford, Victoria, Australia
Awarded To: P. O'Connell - C.U.V. Fire Brigade, Victoria, Australia, 1886

Incorrectly named p.O. Connell on associated medal NU 20220.

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