Fire Station, Castlereagh Street

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Where: New South Wales, , Australia

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When: 01 January 1900

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Format: Glass plate negative.

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Repository: Tyrrell Photographic Collection, Powerhouse Museum

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Acquisition credit line: Gift of Australian Consolidated Press under the Taxation Incentives for the Arts Scheme, 1985


Owner: Powerhouse Museum Collection
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    • 05/Nov/2008 13:56:02

    You should add this picture to the NSW Fire Brigade Group. I am sure they would love to have it added -[email protected]/

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    • 05/Nov/2008 23:10:13

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Almost Anything DOGS AND CATS COMP... Get entering., and we'd love to have this added to the group!

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    • 06/Nov/2008 09:57:23

    Fantastic shot. Love to see more. Thanks for adding this to our group.

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    long-term support

    • 08/Nov/2008 07:04:35

    nice !

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    seb chan

    • 14/Nov/2008 11:03:49

    Contemporary photo of the same location added here -

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    • 24/Jan/2009 05:26:06

    check this area out now...

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    • 16/Feb/2009 09:52:45

    Is that The Australian Workers Union building on the left? Now being redeveloped? There are some old layers exposed in the AWU bldg now. Being documented hopefully.

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    • 13/Sep/2009 12:58:47

    The building (like a lot of buildings at that time in Sydney) was extended in an identical style. See Google street view -

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    • 29/Jan/2010 20:39:30

    Original building, as seen here, was 1888. The extension to the north (right) in exactly the same style was in 1907. For more info see - What a wonderful picture with the two fire engines in action - it must have been difficult to organize.

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    • 09/Jun/2011 12:21:18

    This station was always known as Headquarters Fire Station until the newest extension was opened in 2003 and it became known as City of Sydney Fire Station. When originally built, the ladders seen in the foreground of this picture were kept under a workshop building in the rear yard, accessed by a passageway on the southern side of the building.

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    • 16/Aug/2012 12:26:43

    Nice find quasymody. The ladder in the picture was later fitted to a motorised truck chassis. Obviously the heavy steamers could not be easily reversed into the station bays by the horses or moved up the driveway gradient by hand, so, as the pictures shows, and as the article states, when returning to the station they were driven by horses down the side passage to the rear yard and then into the station bays from the rear. As the central engine bay had stables to it's rear, I suspect this is where they housed a lighter vehicle such as a manual pump, which could be unharnessed from the horses and then backed into the station from the street.