Our History


20th December 1941

Public meeting to form the Arthurs Creek & District Bush Fire Brigade.  Meeting was held at the Arthurs Creek Mechanics Institute.

The original committee comprised:

  • President: Mr T A Murphy
  • Secretary: Mr Louis Brennan
  • Senior Vice President: Mr H McMillan
  • Junior Vice President: Mr D McDonald
  • Treasurer: Mr L Schultz
  • Captain: Mr L Apted
  • 1st Lieutenant: Mr L Brock
  • 2nd Lieutenant: Mr T A Murphy
  • 3rd Lieutenant: Mr V Brain

Membership cost 2/6 per 100 acres.

Original minutes book (.pdf file - note: very large!)

29th January 1942

First brigade meeting.  With the funds made available from membership, the brigade purchased:

  • ½ dozen Knapsacks
  • ½ dozen Beaters
  • ¼ dozen Rakes

2nd April 1945

Country Fire Authority formed, after pressure put on government by the volunteers.  The forming of the CFA was a recommendation from the Royal Commission following the 1939 Black Friday bushfires.

The name of the brigade changed to the Arthurs Creek Rural Fire Brigade.

2nd December 1991 The brigade received a "new Hino four-wheel drive truck ... as a replacement for the International."  This is still operated by the brigade as our Tanker 2.  Refer to the minutes of the general meeting.
9th Februrary 2009 Black Saturday bushfires.  Half the brigade area was burnt out.  One of our firefighters - Joe Shepherd - passed away from injuries received in fighting the fires.  Six of our firefighters lost their houses, and some almost lost their families.
5th June 2011  Opening of Joe's Memorial Garden by the Chief Officer.  The garden was built by the brigade at the Arthurs Creek station in memory of Joe Shepherd.  Refer to the photo gallery for some photos of the day.
26th October 2012 The brigade received the Chief Officer's Unit Citation for Courage for the Black Saturday bushfires.  The Chief Officer also presented David McGahy, who was Captain at the time of Black Saturday, with an individual citation.


Brigade and community members: I would be pleased to flesh out the above with any more information that you could provide.