About the records
The books give the following information about staff employed by the Fire Bridgades Board and the Board of Fire Commissioners: name; where and when born; height; previous occupation; marital status and number of children; promotions; examinations; and details of appointment, offences and awards. The entries are arranged chronologically by date of appointment and there is an alphabetical index at the front of each volume. (11/16226, 3/12672-85; microfiche copy SR Fiche 2053-2145). 15 vols.
Our index contains the following fields: surname; first name; service entry date; date of birth; and where born.
- Record series in the index: NRS 510
- Entries in the index: 3700+
A Volunteer Project.
Examples of the records
Board of Fire Commissioners
The first formal government organised fire service, the Fire Brigades Board was established in 1884. Initially one central fire station in Sydney was supported by 22 volunteers fire companies. The Board was replaced by the Board of Fire Commissioners in 1910, which was responsible for fire service provision in Sydney and all other urban areas of NSW.
The first metropolitan fire station in Sydney was located on a site on the west side of Castlereagh Street between Liverpool and Bathurst Streets. By 1909, the number of permanent Brigade employees had risen to 220, comprising the Superintendent, Deputy-Superintendent, Senior District Officer, six District Officers, nine Station Officers, eleven Sub-station Officers, 134 firemen, 33 Coachmen, four Special Service and 20 auxiliaries at 19 stations.