Country Fire Authority

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Name Variation Country Fire Authority was also known as Bush Fire Brigade. 
Land-UBeac*18 Nov 1946 GEM-D-1 l/p 2461 (Lot 21). Transfer from Jane Buchanan Grant to Country Fire Authority. Old Fire Station.1 
Land-UBeac4 Oct 1985 GEM-D-1 l/p 2461 (part) p/c 158419, Halford Street. Transfer from Margaret Thomson Richard George 'Ric' Thomson to Country Fire Authority. 2629 m2.2 
Village Bell*Jun 1990 THE NEW FIRE STATION . The Upper Beaconsfield Rural Fire Brigade is now engaged in building a fire station on the new site on Emerald Road opposite Moonshine Motors.
The station will be a big upgrade for the fire services in Upper Beaconsfield - the total project costing upwards of $127,000. The Country Fire Authority is contributing $83,500 towards the erection of the station and the local Brigade has to supply the rest.
The target for fund raising in the U.B. Community is $30,000 and a Door Knock by uniformed members of the Brigade was commenced on 20th May and will continue each Sunday between 10 a.m. & 5 p.m. until it is completed.
You are asked to give generously to this vital local appeal - and of course all donations over $2 to the Appeal are tax is deductible.
In the future you may be able to look ba.3 
Land-UBeac*1 Nov 1991 GEM-D-1 l/p 2461 (Lot 21). Transfer from Country Fire Authority to Shire of Pakenham. Was Old Fire Station - now Native Nursery.4 

Newspaper-Articles

  • 21 Jan 1932: One of the worst bush fires in the memory of the oldest residents occurred here on Friday and Saturday, when a devastating fire swept over the district. On Friday, a fire, which had been burning in the scrub, fanned by a strong north wind, menaced the residence of Mr. McMillan, and in response to a call for help, about 50 men were soon engaged in a fierce fight to save the house and outbuildings. This they managed to do, and the fire then jumped the main road and threatened the residence of the Misses McLean; a break was burned, and the house was safe. On Saturday morning another fire commenced near Miss McLean’s boundary fence, and soon the residences of Messrs. Blair, Boker and Gilpin, and a number of others were in danger. A large band of willing workers managed to save the houses, but unfortunately they could not save the fine lemon orchard of Mr. McMillan, which was destroyed, also a week-end residence of Mr. Harkins. The heat was so great when the place got alight that it was im possible to get near it. In the after noon a sudden change of wind to the south caused the township to be menaced, and a desperate call for help was sent out, and in reply volunteers from Berwick, Narre Warren and Dandenong came to augment the local Bush Fire Brigade, until there were over 200 men, under the direction of Constable Barrett, and other leaders, engaged in the desperate effort to save the homes of Madame Montigue, Messrs. McBride, McDonald, Harvey-Smith, Rev. T. Greenwood, Robinson, J. Campbell, Major Campbell, Miss Elliott, J. Deville, C. Ellis, Claydon, Wright, Binding and Brown. The worst fight was at “Kyogle,” Mr. McDonald’s house; at one time it was felt that this fine residence would go, but the determined fight put up by the willing workers saved it. Here it was that anxiety was felt for one band who had become surrounded by flames, but they managed to get clear, although some of them succumbed to heat and smoke after getting out. The fine garden and plantation of Major Campbell was swept by the fire, despite the efforts of the workers, and hundreds of pounds worth of valuable plants and trees were destroyed, and the fine house was only saved by the superhuman efforts of the fire fighters. Miss Elliott’s house got alight, and part of the roof had to be stripped off before the fire could be put out. Mr. Ellis had the fence and pavilion attached to his tennis court destroyed, and the fire swept through his orchard, only being stopped within a few feet of the house. The house of Mr. Wright was saved by burning a break, as was Mr. Brown’s house and lemon orchard.
    On Sunday afternoon a small fire developed in Salisbury Gully, but it was soon got under control; whilst this was being put out an urgent call for help came from “The Towers,” Mr. Berglund’s property. A large body of men were rushed out, and the fire was got under control before very much damage was done. On Sunday a fire, which had started on the Saturday in Cordner’s Gully, crossed the Officer rd., and threatened the orchard of Mr. F. Love, but it was kept out, and, with the exception of the loss of some fencing, not very much damage was done. Charles Alexander Berglund, Frederick Duncan Love, Olive May Elliott, Jessie Mabel McLean, Agnes Margaret 'Nessie' McLean, David McDonald, Major Charles William Campbell, Thomas Gilpin, John Harkins, Erdmuthe Fredrica Marianne Harvey-Smith, William John Harvey-Smith, Mabel Lilian Mortagne, David Norman McBride, Rev Thomas William Greenwood, Walter Fergus Robinson, James Cuming Campbell, Jeanne Shepherd Deville, John Hayman Thomas Ellis, James William Goff Claydon, Colin Wright, John 'Pop' Binding, Walter Henry Brown, Thomas Orr McMillan, Isaiah Joseph Cordner5
  • 23 Feb 1933: The annual meeting of the Bush Fire Brigade was held in the hall last Thursday evening. The captain, Mr. U. a’Beckett, occupied the chair, and there was a large attendance of residents, who evinced a keen interest in the proceedings. The report and balance-sheet, as prepared by the treasurer, showed that the last year had been a strenuous one and that although the brigade had added a good deal of equipment to the truck, they still had a small credit balance, and he appealed to all residents to assist them so that they might at any time be able to be of service to them. The election of office-bearers for the ensuing year resulted as follows: Captain, Mr. U. a’Beckett (re-elected); vice-captains, Collis, J. Glismann and B. Luke; secretary and treasurer, Mr. H. B. Burton; motorman, Mr. K. Hudson; ladder-man, Mr. J. Baxter; district officers and committee, Mrs. Collis, Miss Stenhouse, and Messrs. Albers, P. McArthur, Fisher, Hamilton, Knapton, Hurditch, McBride and W. Brown.6
  • 17 Oct 1935: UPPER BEACONSFIELD
    At the annual meeting of the local bush fire brigade, held last week, it was (after considerable discussion) decided to disband the brigade. As the captain (Mr. J. Glismann) pointed out, it was impossible to carry on with the small amount of help given by the public, who seemed to take no interest in the brigade and its doings. During the big bush fire of 1930 they had saved thousands of pounds worth of property, and in return they had expected sufficient support to enable them to carry on, which had not been forthcoming, hence the disbanding of the brigade. To decide what future steps should be taken, a public meet ing would be held on the 8th inst., when the whole position would be laid before the public. This meeting was held, and the attendance was very small. After having the position explained to them,the meeting made arrangements to have a new brigade established under the Bush Fire Brigades Act, and application would be made for registration, and Cr. D. N. McBride was asked to convene a public meeting for Tuesday, 22nd inst.,
    when (if sufficient support was given) officers would be elected, and all arrangements made to carry on this very essential work, therefore it behoves every interested person to attend the meeting on the 22nd, and give their whole-hearted support to the movement, especially as the coming summer promises to be a bad one for bush fires, on account of the prolific growth of scrub.7
  • 23 Sep 1937: UPPER BEACONSFIELD. The annual meeting of the Volunteer Bush Fire Brigade was held in the Assembly Hall on Wednesday last, 15th inst. There was a full and representative attendance of residents.
    The balance sheet for last year shows a small credit, land expenditure on equipment, etc., was £34/12/4. Donations are now desired from all those in this district who cannot fight bush fires. It seems only fair that the younger and more physically fit residents should have enough money made available so that they can be fully and efficiently equipped to cope successfully with all fires during the coming season. The office-bearers are: President, Cr. D. N. McBride; vice-president, Mr. S. Begg; secretary and treasurer, Mr. E. W. Harris; captain, Mr. U. B. a’Beckett; 1st lieut., Mr. Herbert Luke; 2nd lieut., Mr. David McDonald; 3rd lieut., Mr. John Glismann; 4th lieut., Mr. John Richardson; equipment officer, Mr. T. Horner; ambulance and casualty officer, Mr. R. G. Barnes ; committee of management, all the above officers and Mr. W. Holmes. The area officers are General Foott, Messrs. Walter Brown, L. W. G. Knapton, J. Howell, V. Norbury, E. C. Hamilton, G. Cole, Don. Barnes, and T. Turner.8
  • 9 Dec 1938: The Beaconsfield Upper Voluntary Bush Fire Brigade elected the following officers: - President, Councillor D. N. McBride (re-elected); vice-president, Brigadier-General C. H. Foott; secretary and treasurer, Mr. E. W. Harris (re-elected); committee, Messrs. S. Begg, W. Holmes, D. McDonald, C. D. Colles, J. Glismann; field officers, Messrs. C. D. Colles (captain), H. Luke (first lieutenant), D. McDonald (second lieutenant), J. Glismann (third lieutenant), J. Richardson (fourth lieutenant), C. Begg (fifth lieutenant), R. Barnes (ambulance officer), H. Dean (fire-cart driver).9
  • 11 Jan 1939: UPPER BEACONSFIELD VOLUNTEER BUSH FIRE BRIGADE
    Owing to the resignation of the Captain, a MEETING of the COMMITTEE will be held at the ASSEMBLY HALL on MONDAY NEXT, at 8 o’clock PROMPT, to APPOINT A NEW CAPTAIN.
    E. W. HARRIS,
    Hon. Secretary.10
  • 11 Jan 1939: BUSH FIRE BRIGADE. CAPTAIN RESIGNS AT UPPER BEACONSFIELD.
    Because of the resignation of the captain, a meeting of the committee of the Upper Beaconsfield Volunteer Bush Fire Brigade will be held in the Assembly Hall next Monday, at 8 p.m., to appoint a new captain.
    The chairman of the brigade (Cr. D. N. McBride) made the following statement to-day:—“In connection with the Upper Beaconsfield Bush Fire Brigade, Mr. C. D. Colles, who has been acting as captain, has tendered me his resignation on account of ill-health, but he desires to be appointed on the staff to assist in putting the brigade equipment in thorough working order. Although regretting exceedingly having to accept his resignation, I am very grateful to him, as I am sure the people of the district are, for his generous offer of assistance.”11
  • 20 Dec 1939: BEACONSFIELD UPPER BUSH FIRE BRIGADE
    The Bush Fire Brigades’ Committee is to be advised that council approves of the appointment of Mr (Robert Bishop as 4th lieutenant and Mr William Hudson as 5th lieutenant of the Beaconsfield Upper Bush Fire Brigade.12
  • 20 Oct 1948: Upper Beaconsfield Firemen Are Keen
    ALWAYS a live organisation, the Beaconsfield Upper Fire Brigade began another year auspiciously with a record attendance at its recent annual meeting.
    The incoming committee comprises: President, Mr. Leighton Richardson; secretary and treasurer, Mr. Geoff Kennedy; captain, Mr. Colin Begg; Lieutenants, 1st Mr. P. Hamilton, 2nd Mr. Douglas Graham, 3rd Mr. Kilvington; vice-presidents, Judge Bevan, Mr. Royle and Cr. John Richardson; Foreman, Mr. W. Lang; First-aid Officer, Mr. Reg. Barnes; President Ladies Auxiliary, Mrs. Richardson. All members of the committee were re-elected with the addition of Mr. G. Ayrey and Mr. Sutherland.
    Regional Officer W. S. Purdy, who addressed the meeting, advised property-owners to burn off at safe periods, but stressed the urgency of making sure fire were well out before leaving them. Neighbors, he emphasised, should be notified 24 hours before any fires were lit. Negligence often caused unnecessary work for brigades.
    Ex-president Cr. John Richardson thanked the secretary, Mr. R. Funnell, and committee for their co-operation and splendid teamwork during the fire
    season. Mr. Royle voiced the members’ appreciation to Cr. Richardson, the retiring president, for his splendid work for the brigade.
    Capt. Griffin moved a vote of thanks to Capt. Colin Begg for his wonderful service to the community and his consideration to fire-fighters.
    Grave alarm was expressed that the brigade hasn’t a suitable working balance. It was suggested that a deputation take this matter up with the Minister.
    On November 10th a demonstration on fire-fighting methods is being aranged by the Fire Authority, at Frankston. Douglas McLaurin Graham13
  • 20 Oct 1948: Upper Beaconsfield Firemen Are Keen
    ALWAYS a live organisation, the Beaconsfield Upper Fire Brigade began another year auspiciously with a record attendance at its recent annual meeting.
    The incoming committee comprises: President, Mr. Leighton Richardson; secretary and treasurer, Mr. Geoff Kennedy; captain, Mr. Colin Begg; Lieutenants, 1st Mr. P. Hamilton, 2nd Mr. Douglas Graham, 3rd Mr. Kilvington; vice-presidents, Judge Bevan, Mr. Royle and Cr. John Richardson; Foreman, Mr. W. Lang; First-aid Officer, Mr. Reg. Barnes; President Ladies Auxiliary, Mrs. Richardson. All members of the committee were re-elected with the addition of Mr. G. Ayrey and Mr. Sutherland.
    Regional Officer W. S. Purdy, who addressed the meeting, advised property-owners to burn off at safe periods, but stressed the urgency of making sure fire were well out before leaving them. Neighbors, he emphasised, should be notified 24 hours before any fires were lit. Negligence often caused unnecessary work for brigades.
    Ex-president Cr. John Richardson thanked the secretary, Mr. R. Funnell, and committee for their co-operation and splendid teamwork during the fire season. Mr. Royle voiced the members’ appreciation to Cr. Richardson, the retiring president, for his splendid work for the brigade.
    Capt. Griffin moved a vote of thanks to Capt. Colin Begg for his wonderful service to the community and his consideration to fire-fighters.
    Grave alarm was expressed that the brigade hasn’t a suitable working balance. It was suggested that a deputation take this matter up with the Minister.
    On November 10th a demonstration on fire-fighting methods is being aranged by the Fire Authority, at Frankston.14
  • 2 Feb 1949: £97 Profit From Fire Brigade Ball at Up. Beaconsfield
    “SAVE THE FORESTS” slogans and fire-fighting equipment provided a novel and appropriate motif for the decorations at the Beaconsfield Upper Hall last Friday night on the occasion of the Upper Beaconsfield Rural Fire Brigade’s annual ball.
    It was a wonderfully successful function, too, and will mean the welcome addition of some £27 to brigade funds.
    Mr. Leighton Richardson, the club president, Mr. Geoff. Kennedy, the secretary, and their committee certainly did a grand job.
    As the night was stifling Mr. Colles generously made his marquee available for the outdoor serving of the delicious supper under the capable direction of Mrs. Richardson, snr., Mrs. Ayrey, Mrs. Bob Funnell and Mrs. Bill Lang.15
  • 29 Nov 1950: BEACONSFIELD UPPER. LAST SATURDAY night the Rural Fire Brigade Social Committee entertained the troops from the 10th Field Brigade. Because of the short notice it was impossible to obtain an orchestra but Valerie Doherty and Elaine Preston (piano) and Mr. Frank Day (drums) filled the gap, and did it very well, too. Dancing was enjoyed by all present and the ladies served a delicious supper. At 10 pm. the Army took over and Lieut. Lithridge played for dancing while Cpl. Hooker acted as M.C.
    Square dances and community singing were very popular. Mr. T. O’Keefe, secretary of the Social Committee, welcomed the troops and Sgt. Trumpp thanked the committee for putting on such a good show, and Mr. O’Keefe for writing to headquarters praising the conduct of the boys while in camp at Melbournian Camp. £4 was cleared toward the expenses for the Brigade Ball on February 9th.
    The brigade is doing a grand job, burning off for those unable to do so themselves and deserves support in its drive for funds to better equip itself.16

Citations

  1. [S185] Property Titles ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), C/T 3287-381 - Jane Buchanan Grant to Country Fire Authority of 60 Market Street Melbourne.
  2. [S185] Property Titles ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), C/T 9590-277 - Country Fire Authority of Milton Pde Malvern.
  3. [S15] Newspaper - Village Bell Issue 74, Jun 1990, p3 by Vic Greenaway.
  4. [S185] Property Titles ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), C/T 3287-381 - Country Fire Authority to the Shire of Pakenham.
  5. [S218] Newspaper - The Dandenong Journal (Vic.) The Dandenong Journal (Vic.), 21 Jan 1932, p4.
  6. [S218] Newspaper - The Dandenong Journal (Vic.) The Dandenong Journal (Vic.), 23 Feb 1933, p4.
  7. [S218] Newspaper - The Dandenong Journal (Vic.) The Dandenong Journal (Vic.), Thu 17 Oct 1935, p4
    http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article213966296
  8. [S218] Newspaper - The Dandenong Journal (Vic.) The Dandenong Journal (Vic.), Thu 23 Sep 1937, p4
    http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article200681417
  9. [S11] Newspaper - The Argus (Melbourne, Vic.), 9 Dec 1938, p9.
  10. [S218] Newspaper - The Dandenong Journal (Vic.) The Dandenong Journal (Vic.), Wed 11 Jan 1939, p4
    http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article201305323
  11. [S218] Newspaper - The Dandenong Journal (Vic.) The Dandenong Journal (Vic.), Wed 11 Jan 1939, p4
    http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article201305294
  12. [S218] Newspaper - The Dandenong Journal (Vic.) The Dandenong Journal (Vic.), Wed 20 Dec 1939, p6
    http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article201309079
  13. [S218] Newspaper - The Dandenong Journal (Vic.) The Dandenong Journal (Vic.), Wed 20 Oct 1948, p6.
  14. [S218] Newspaper - The Dandenong Journal (Vic.) The Dandenong Journal (Vic.), Wed 20 Oct 1948, p6
    http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article214583803
  15. [S218] Newspaper - The Dandenong Journal (Vic.) The Dandenong Journal (Vic.), Wed 2 Feb 1949, p11
    http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article222208707
  16. [S218] Newspaper - The Dandenong Journal (Vic.) The Dandenong Journal (Vic.), Wed 29 Nov 1950, p17
    http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article219305211
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Cecil George Augustus Colles

M, #9533, b. 20 Mar 1869, d. 1938
Father*James Colles b. 1825, d. 1893
Mother*Cecile Sophia Dana b. 3 Oct 1845, d. 27 Feb 1908
Birth*20 Mar 1869 Amherst, VIC, Australia, #B6111.1 
Birth-Notice*29 Mar 1869COLLES.—On the 20th inst., at Talbot, the wife of James Colles, Esq., of a son.2 
Land-UBeac*2 May 1923 PAK l/p 8240 Mount Misery (Lot 108), part of 8 Keith Parade. Transfer from George Douglas Lawrence to Cecil George Augustus Colles. Transfer 1095181 - C/T 4696-039.3 
Death*1938 Armadale, VIC, Australia, #D6884 (Age 69.)4 

Newspaper-Articles

  • 13 May 1908: FUSILLADE IN A KITCHEN. At the Hawthorn Court yesterday, before Messrs. Mason, Philpott, and Ardagh, J.P.'s, the case in which Henry Colles was charged with having shot with intent at Ada B. Colles on April 15 was, after two adjournments, proceeded with.
    Mr. Meagher appeared for the accused, and Sub-Inspector Love conducted the prosecution.
    Cecil George Colles, bank manager, Rversdale-road, Hawthorn, deposed:— The accused is my brother. On April 15 he was staying at my house, and at 5 o'clock in the morning was in the kitchen. He had been drinking heavily the day previous, and was in an excitable and demented condition. My wife and I endeavoured to pacify him.
    Accused remarked that he was going away, and would leave the country. He left the room and returned wearing his overcoat. He drew a revolver, and fired in the direction of Mrs. Colles. The shot lodged about a foot from her. I grasped the revolver by the barrel, and four shots were fired. I secured the revolver, but it was taken from me by accused, who is very powerful. I do not think the accused intended to fire at me. He is a most accurate shot. I afterwards had accused arrested. In response to a telegram sent by me, accused endeavoured to come down from the Gulf of Carpentaria before my mother died, but was unsuccessful. That seemed to have greatly distressed him.
    Ada Beatrice Colles, wife of the last witness, gave corroborative evidence.
    Constable Kloester deposed to having visited Mr. Colles's house on April 15. Witness saw accused lying in a bed, apparently half asleep. Witness said, "I believe you have been firing shots off here," to which accused replied, "Yes; I suppse a man can fire shots if he likes." Witness then arrested accused. A six-chambered revolver was taken from accused's hip-pocket by Constable Ellison. It was empty, and appeared to have been recently discharged. On a second visit to the house witness found a bullet on the floor, and marks of bullets on the wallks and door-frames of two rooms.
    Accused was committed for trial, bail being refused. James Henry Colles5
  • 16 May 1908: SUBURBAN SENSATION. EARLY-MORNING SHOOTING. CRIMINAL COURT TRIAL.
    Henry Colles, a man of distinguished bearing and middle-aged, was placed on trial at the Criminal Court yesterday, before Mr. Justice A'Beckett, on a charge of shooting with intent to do grievous bodily harm. Mr. Finlayson, K.C., prosecuted for the Crown, and the accused was defended by Mr. Meagher.
    Cecil Augustus Colles, brother of the accused, said that the accused had been staying at his home in Riversdale-road, Hawthorn, for some days prior to April 15. At 5 o'clock on the morning of the 15th witness and his wife were in the kitchen. They had got up early to attend to the accused, who had been restless during the night. Accused was very nervous, and said suddenly, "This is no good; I will leave the country'." Witness and his wife tried to dissuade him, but he said he would go. He shook hands with them, and left the room. He returned in a few moments with his overcoat on, and stood at the door, and witness saw him draw a revolver. Witness grabbed at the barrel, but it went off almost immediately. In the struggling the accused kept pulling the trigger, and four shots were fired.
    Mr. Finlayson.— Did he fire in the direction of your wife?
    Witness.— She was standing at the door of another room, but he did not appear to fire in any particular direction.
    Did you send for the police?— The shooting alarmed the people next door, and they telephoned for the police.
    To Mr. Meagher.— My brother had been for years in the Northern Territory, and was always in the habit of carrying a revolver. Our mother died this year, and accused was much distressed that he had not got back in time to see her. He was drinking heavily, and was suffering from insomnia. I signed the charge-sheet, and was told that it was the proper form. I objected to the wording of the charge, for I did not believe then, and do not beiieve now, that the accused intended to do any harm to my wife.
    Dr. O'Brien, Government medical officer, for the defence, said he saw the accused on the morning after the occurrence. He was excited and nervous, and apparently suffering from hallucinations. His condition seemed to be the result of anxiety, physical exhaustion, and alcoholic excess. He was of opinion, judging from the man's condition, that he did not know what he was doing at the time he fired the shots.
    Neither Mr. Finlayson nor Mr. Meagher addressed the jury.
    Mr. Justice A'Beekett said that, though drunkenness was no answer to a charge, still, if it induced a condition of temporary insanity, a man could not be legally convicted. Intent was an ingredient of the offence with which the accused was charged, and therefore, in the absence of any reasonable motive for harming his sister-in-law, he thought the jury would do right in finding the accused not guilty.
    Without leaving the box the jury returned a verdict of not guilty, and the accused was discharged. James Henry Colles6

Citations

  1. [S1] Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages Pioneer Index Victoria 1836-1888.
  2. [S11] Newspaper - The Argus (Melbourne, Vic.), 29 Mar 1869, p4.
  3. [S185] Property Titles ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), C/T 4224-781 - Cecil George Augustus Colles - C/T 4696-039.
  4. [S5] Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages Death Index Victoria 1921-1985.
  5. [S11] Newspaper - The Argus (Melbourne, Vic.), 13 May 1908, p9.
  6. [S11] Newspaper - The Argus (Melbourne, Vic.), 16 May 1908, p21.
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NOTE

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Some individuals may be featured because members of their family were associated with the Upper Beaconsfield area, even though they themselves never lived here.