Speaking about the event, Tinamba Captain Stuart Miller was happy with how it went and believes the brigade and community now have access to a great new facility.
“It was very good. We had just over 50 guests made up of past and present brigade members, fellow Macalister Group members and Heyfield Group members. Minister Peter Ryan unveiled the plaque with one of our long-term members Bill Fraser.”
Sadly Tinamba brigade's Bill Fraser passed away this morning, 31 October 2012.
Along with the official station opening, the get together was a chance to present 710 years of service to Tinamba’s dedicated members, including the brigade’s first two life memberships awarded to Bill Fraser and John Osborn.
Joining the brigade at 16, John Osborn spent 26 years as its official secretary, notching up 55 years’ service to the brigade. As with so many brigades, family ties run deep at Tinamba and John’s daughter, Margarita, is now the current secretary of the brigade, and Captain Stuart’s father served as captain alongside John for 25 years. Stuart firmly states he and Margarita have no intention of breaking their dads’ records!
The original station will be donated to the community and become a facility for meetings and events.
Images provided by Margareta Osborn Kerby, Tinamba Secretary