Golden Square restores plaque from original station

In a town that’s only 139 years old, Golden Square Fire Brigade is celebrating 110 years of opening its doors in an event on Sunday 3 November. 


The plaque that was laid in 1909 at Golden Square Fire Brigade has been restored and will be unveiled on the station’s 110th birthday. 

The town of Golden Square was established in 1881, and in 1887 Golden Square's fire station consisted of a weatherboard construction. 

On 8 August 1909, the weatherboard building was removed and on 25 August that year, construction of the current station began. 

The then Mayor Andrew Harkness laid a plaque in an opening ceremony held on 5 November 1909, alongside Captain William Carter.

This plaque has now been restored and will be unveiled at the event on 3 November. Its unveiling will be significant, with the grandson of Captain Carter attending from Adelaide to unveil it.

Golden Square brigade will host an afternoon tea for its celebration, where the brigade will officially receive the handover of the salvage that was purchased through the Volunteer Emergency Services Equipment Program (VESEP). 

Golden Square Fire Brigade in 1931.

“I believe it would be great for past members to come together and have the opportunity to share their history of the station,” Bryan Greenwood, captain and brigade training officer, said.

“It also marks another chapter for the brigade, as we hope when it comes to the 120th birthday we will be in a new station in a new location, leaving part of the brigade’s history behind.”

The afternoon tea is an opportunity for past and current members to get together, to look over the hundreds of items of memorabilia and trophies, and also share stories of Golden Square.

The event at Golden Square Fire Station will run from 1pm to 4pm on Sunday 3 November at 260 High Street, Golden Square VIC 3555.

Author: Daisy Cleland