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A Blaze Of Glory

Story: Donna Roberts | Photo: Ben McShea
Sep 18, 2019
A Blaze of Glory
The Old Fire Station will be ‘ablaze’ with action in November to celebrate its 70th birthday.

Kathy Coller from Redcliffe Art Society shared some interesting history of the notable structure.

“The construction of this building responded to the growing population’s interdependence on the land, once seen only as a tourist destination,” Kathy said.

“Post WWII, the community was in need of its own fire station to protect the needs of the local community."

The construction of the red brick building was completed in 1949 at a cost of 11,000 pounds.

“This iconic building stands proud, tall, and midway on the highpoint of the Peninsula’s earliest main road between Scarborough and Woody Point,” Kathy said.

Redcliffe Art Society [RAS] moved into the Old Fire Station Art Hub in February 2015, and has continued to breathe new life into the old space, with over 400 members and 17 weekly studio art classes.

RAS also manages the Old Fire Station Art Gallery and Gallery Shop in the refurbished Redcliffe Fire Station.

On the same site, the Redcliffe Pottery Group has pottery studios, kiln, and display space.

The Redcliffe Art Society, with the support of the Redcliffe Pottery Group and Moreton Bay Regional Council will be welcoming residents and visitors to the 70th birthday event.

“There will be a barbecue providing food, and drinks will be available too,” Kathy said.

“Members of both the art and pottery groups will provide demonstrations during the event and the Gallery and Gallery Shop will be open.

“Fire Station themed art from local primary school children will also be on display.”

A fire engine and firemen from Kippa-Ring Fire Station will visit during the afternoon and evening, as well as the SES and volunteer Marine Rescue.

Fire Station memorabilia and historic photos will be on display, with some historic costumes available for photographic opportunities.

Bring the whole family down for this celebration of one of the Peninsula’s most iconic landmarks!
 

Old Fire Station 70th Birthday

Friday 1 November, 3pm-8pm
Old Fire Station
395 Oxley Avenue, Redcliffe.
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