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Lamp lights brigade

A HISTORIC lamp that lit up Inglewood fire station for seven decades has been returned to the local fire brigade.

Captain Andrew Smith received the Thomas Rochester lamp at the brigade’s annual general meeting from the town’s historical society.

First lighting up the old fire station in Grant Street, the lamp was named in honour of brigade lieutenant Thomas Rochester who resigned from the brigade in 1901 before leaving to fight as a member of the South African milita in the Boer War.

Great-nephew Howard Rochester said Thomas paid his own way to South Africa.

The brigade’s long-serving Captain Boag instigated the lamp immediately Thomas Rochester resigned and had it installed on the station’s north wall.

Historical society notes say: “And so, in 1901, this beautiful station house lamp with plaque was installed at the fire station where it ruled over all through two world wars and a depression, lighting up the station for fire fighting access, inspections, training and social events, dances, fancy dress balls and table tennis tournaments.”

The lamp was removed in about 1970 when a rural brigade truck was stored in the same station.



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