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Medal - Fire Brigade Demonstration, Daylesford, Victoria, Australia, 1886 Numismatics Reg. No: NU 20220

Australia Victoria Daylesford
Daylesford Fire Brigade Demonstration 1886 (AD)
Mint: not recorded
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 engraved silver medal featuring a Fireman standing of a ladder hosing a window and naming the winner of the 1886 Ladder and Hose competition at Daylesford, P.O'Connell
Acquisition Information:
Transfer from National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), 1976
Discipline: Numismatics
Dimensions: 35 mm (Diameter)
Dimension Comment: Attached by silver loop to a related O'Connell Fire medal NU 33165

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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: Commemorative
Tertiary Classification: emergency services
Series: Australian Prize Medals
DateEra: 1886 AD
Obverse Description: On circular centre hand engraved, a fireman standing on a ladder hosing a window on his left
Reverse Description: Daylesford DEMONSTRATION LADDER & HOSE May 1886 P.O. Connell [sic]
Edge Description: Plain
Shape: Scalloped with loop
Material: Silver
Issued By: Daylesford Fire Brigade, Daylesford, Victoria, Australia
Awarded To: P. O'Connell - C.U.V. Fire Brigade, Daylesford, Victoria, Australia, 1886


Ian Morrison Posted on 16 Jun 2010 10:37 AM
I am currently writing the Dylesford FB history,the brigade turn 150 years old next April - 2011.Just wondering is it possible to get an photo of above medal.and also how do i go about finding out any other relevant information that you may have there.
Discovery Centre Posted on 17 Jun 2010 11:53 AM
Museum Victoria Comment
Hi Ian, all image requests need to be made in writing through the Ask the Experts link below. Once you've clicked there, on the left you'll see a link to Image Requests. Please also include that you would like any further information on the item that we have.

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