· At a meeting held in the Victorian Hotel on June the 8th, a group of men were enrolled:
· It was proposed that Mr. Balderstone be appointed the first Captain.
· The use of the bell at the Presbyterian Church was solicited in the case of a fire. A petition for a Fire Engine was arranged for the presentation to the Council.
· Firemen were to arrange as many signatures of ratepayers as possible.
· Council had earlier stated that it had been willing to supply the Fire Brigade with an Engine.
· The Captain reported that Messrs W. & N. Thompson offered a fire bell (11 cwt) £60, half to be paid in cash, with the balance in three and six monthly instalments.
· A deputation to the council received £20 towards the cost of a temporary station. It was decided to forgo the £20, provided the council erect a station for £80.
· A request was received from Ballarat for the formation of a Country Fire Brigades Association. Captain Carter was appointed to attend the formation meeting.
· It was decided that any cab driver who took the reel to a fire be paid 5/-. Gas at a cost of £5 was installed at the station.
· Mr. Hannah, Chief Officer, arrived in December for an inspection. He stated that he was satisfied with the station that an engine was necessary, and he would undertake to supply one next year.
· The Town Clerk wrote informing the Brigade that they must purchase Fire Brigade equipment through Council.
· A nightwatchman was appointed at 10/- per night.
· Mr. A. Greed’s tender of £24/10/- for the apparatus was accepted.
· It was decided that the Brigade ask the Council for indicators to be placed at the fire plugs in the streets.
· The Secretary interviewed the various applicants for the position of reel carrier to fires; however, it was decided that cabs be used and that the first cab on the site take the reel and firemen present. The fee for this was fixed at 5/-.
· A ladder was purchased for 35/- after some discussion on the high cost. It was decided to find a suitable site for a new fire station on Market Square. The sum of £100 was available from the C.F.B. for the building.
· A letter was written to the C.F.B. informing them the Hamilton Mechanics’ Institute would be for sale shortly and suggested that the Board should purchase this building for a fire brigade station.
· It was also decided to ask the board for a new track.
· The C.F.B. advised that one of the new engines could be sent to Hamilton, but owing to Hamilton having no suitable accommodation; the Chief Officer would not send such a costly engine to Hamilton until a proper Station was built.
· A site in Gray Street, between the Argyle and Grange Hotels (now known as the George) was for sale at £4 per foot. An amount of £500 was allowed for the building, including architects fees.
· Cobb & Co brick factory in Thompson Street was offered to the Brigade as a Station for £600. It was decided to pay £5 to secure the offer for six weeks, and subject to the approval of the C.F.B. to purchase same instalments of £30 per year. Dundas shire donated £3/3/- towards the new station fund.
· Tenders for the new station ranged from £863, and were sent to the Board for approval. With some modifications, Mr. Wilson was willing to build the station for £517.