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Historic station on market

  • The current Beechworth Fire Station, with officer's residence attached. Station is now 110 years old.
  • Beechworth fire station, early 1900's.

By: Sonia Maclean

Category: Vehicles / Equipment / Buildings

  11.51 AM 16 May, 2014

Location: District 24 News

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A significant part of CFA history is up for sale, with the old Beechworth Fire Station set to go to auction on Saturday 14 June.

CFA locks were removed on 9 May and the site handed over to local real estate agents.

The Beechworth Fire Station was been operational from 1903 right up until the time when it closed last year, its total of 110 years of operational service a truly impressive feat for any fire station. Only one or two other stations of the same era are operational, Ballarat being one of them.

Beechworth moved into their new station in November last year.

Operations Officer Mark Owens said that there had already been extensive interest in the site, with many interested buyers talking up ideas such as a restaurant, pub, art gallery, or cellar door.

“The options sound endless for its new future,’ he said.

“Take the time to think of the history and the impact this one station has had on the community of Beechworth – it has stood the test of time, well past any other Fire Station here in District 24.

“This is a significant building in the local history of Beechworth,” Mark said.

Beechworth Urban FB member and history buff Douglas Gavin said the station was still very much as the builders left it in 1903 and dated back to the Country Fire Brigades Board era.

“The meeting room was added around 1907 followed by the storeroom and toilets sometime after that.

“Panel lift doors replacing the original timber doors and the motor-room floor being concreted in the 1960’s we think.  No mention of the residence attached has been found as of yet but it appears in photos from a very early age.”

Mark Owens said that  the highest peak was erected in January 1903 and the station was officially opened on Wednesday 29th July 1903 as reported in the 'The Ovens and Murray Advertiser' dated 1st August 1903. 

Last Updated: 16 May 2014