Dja Dja Wurrung People, the Traditional Owners of the land that on which the Gallery/Old Fire Station now stands.
Maryborough Fire Brigade (originally the “No 1 Fire Company”) was formed in 1861. The first Fire Station was simply an engine house built for a cost of £250 to house the original fire engine, “Neptune”, which transported a manually operated pump worked by two teams of eight men. It was pulled to fires by a team of four horses.
Fire Bell, cast in Sheffield by Naylor, Vickers & Co. installed in the wooden belfry. It weighed 4.5 cwt (228 kg) and was first rung on 2 May, 1862. It is now displayed at the front of the current fire station In Napier Street.
The first Maryborough Fire Brigade Captain was Thomas Casey (1829–1919).He served for a record 56 years.
The current fire tower was built in 1888 at a cost of £285. Following the construction of the new Town Hall, the sound of the fire bell did not carry effectively, so a higher tower was built.
Numerous additions to the fire station were made.
The Fire Brigade moved to its current location on Napier Street Pyrenees Highway) in 1981.
The Country Fire Authority handed back the old fire station to what was then called Maryborough City Council.
The Old Fire Station became the home of Central Goldfields Art Gallery which was officially opened in 1996.
Restoration of the historic fire station tower was completed in June 2013 with the help of the Victorian State Government and the Central Goldfields Shire Council. The bell tower is now on the National Trust Register.
The Victorian State Government provided Central Goldfields Shire Council with $1.7 million to redevelop the Gallery with an additional investment of $273,000 from council. Nervegna Reed Architecture were appointed as architects on the project. The design of the adjoining Indigenous Interpretive Garden has been led by the DJAARA (Dja Dja Wurrung Clans Aboriginal Corporation).
Gallery reopened after redevelopment 4 March 2023
Historical information about the Gallery and the Old Fire Station has been compiled with the assistance of the Maryborough Midlands Historical Society Inc. and Maryborough Fire Brigade.
Some members of our Gallery Volunteer team.
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