Fire brigade donates bygone equipment to Lawrence Museum
FOR years, two fire-fighting relics of a bygone era have been gathering dust in a Grafton shed.
The hand-drawn hose reel and hose cart, both still in excellent condition for items possibly dating back to the late 1800s , would have been paramount to historic fire fighting efforts until they were superseded by new technology.
In more recent years since being de-commissioned they were used by the Grafton Fire and Rescue NSW brigade in state championship competitions and demonstrations.
They ended up in storage, and when Lawrence Museum president Rae Harrison came to inspect them following an offer from Grafton Fire Station captain Garry Reardon, she decided that arrangement just wouldn't do.
Enlisting the help of a tow truck, she collected them yesterday to transport them to their new home at the museum.
Mrs Harrison said she didn't know what to expect when she came to see them, but as soon as she did she knew just what to do with them.
"We'll fit them in somewhere," she said.
"The grounds we have make it possible for us to take many things that other places perhaps can't."
"We're elated to be given such wonderful exhibits for the museum." Museum secretary Vois Bancroft said the firefighting equipment was another great addition to the already substantial collection of historical items at the museum.
"Most people think of museums as being dry and a bit boring, but once they get there and see all the wonderful things it surprises them," she said.
If you would like to see the new exhibit yourself, or any of the other features, the Lawrence Museum at Merton St, Lawrence, is open every Tuesday from 9am-1pm and Saturday and Sundays from 1-4pm.