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Mornington Fire Brigade 100-year anniversary

By: Troy Thornton

Category: Events / Fundraising / Offers, Honours & Awards

  12.42 PM 29 November, 2016


Location: District 8 News, General

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Mornington Fire Brigade is planning to celebrate its 100th anniversary through a series of events and initiatives. 

About the Mornington Fire Brigade our 100-year history

On 11 December 1916 a group of men from the Mornington community met at the Mechanics Institute building in Main street to discuss the formation of a fire brigade.

Following the meeting a letter was forwarded to the Country Fire Brigades Board (CFBB) requesting approval for the formation of a fire brigade in Mornington.

Later that month, correspondence from the CFBB advised that it had approved the request, and that the Mornington Fire Brigade would be registered with 20 founding members on 1 January 1917.

Accordingly, 2016 is the Brigade's 100th year of service to the Mornington and surrounding communities and the 1st of January 2017 will mark the Brigade's 100th Anniversary.

Our plan to celebrate our 100 years of service

The Brigade have planned several initiatives to recognise and celebrate our 100 years of service to our community, including:

1.  We are publishing a 100 year book, researched and authored by Mr Colin Fisher  OAM of the Mornington and District Historical Society.

2.  We are making a special contribution to the Mornington Peninsula Shire's Australia Day in Mornington on Thursday 26th January 2017, which will include:

  •         Brigade members and fire museum fire trucks will lead the Australia Day parade along Main street to Mornington Park,
  •         CFA Chief Officer will partake in the flag raising ceremony in Mornington Park, and address the public re the brigade centenary,
  •         A multi-brigade torchlight procession from Mornington Park to Mornington Pier 

3.  We are holding an Open Day at the fire station on Saturday 28th January 2017 to allow the community an opportunity to engage with brigade members, tour the fire station facilities, inspect the historical fire museum fire trucks and the current brigade fire appliances and equipment, view special memorabilia that will be on display, and purchase the brigade 100 year book and various merchandise.

4.  We are hosting a Brigade 100 year Community Cocktail Party at the fire station on Saturday 25th March 2017 which will include food and beverages and various live entertainment, and an opportunity for people to share stories about the contribution the brigade and its members have made over the 100 years of service to the Mornington community. 

​5. We are constructing a 'Brigade 100 year Community Wall' and inviting members of the community to make a small donation to the brigade to have their name displayed as a sponsor of the wall in recognition of the brigade 100 years.

How the community can get involved in our 100 year celebrations

The Brigade is looking to get as many people involved as possible in all of the activities we have planned to recognise and celebrate our brigade centenary, and so we are asking the community to participate or contribute in any of the following ways:

  •         Attend the 2017 Mornington Australia Day  activities on Thursday 26th January 2017,
  •         Donate or loan any memorabilia you have that may be worthy of display at our Fire Station Open Day on Saturday 28th January 2017,
  •         Attend our Fire Station Open Day on Saturday 28th January 2017,
  •         Purchase our Brigade 100 year book  authored by Colin Fisher OAM of the Mornington & District Historical Society
  •         Purchase our Brigade 100 year Merchandise,
  •         Buy a ticket to attend the brigade Brigade 100 year Community Cocktail Party   on 25th March 2017,
  •         Submit a story for presentation at the Brigade 100 year Community Cocktail Party
  •         Make a donation to have your name displayed as a sponsor of the Brigade Centenary Community Wall,

​We are encouraging all to please visit www.morningtonfirebrigade.com.au for more information about our 100 year initiatives and how to get involved.

Troy Thornton

Officer in Charge

Mornington Fire Brigade

Last Updated: 23 March 2017