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Cabinet of old treasures

Monday, 19th March, 2018

Station Commander Don Peters with Lions Club members Brian McCarthy and Geoff Lehman Station Commander Don Peters with Lions Club members Brian McCarthy and Geoff Lehman

By Kara de Groot

The local fire station has welcomed a donation from the Lions Club to help them set up their cabinet of historical items.

Station Commander Don Peters started the collection early last year, and is still looking for more pieces to add to it.

The Lions Club heard the station heard about it and donated more than $500 for repairs and refurbishment. 

“It had no shelves, the lighting had to be fixed and so did the locks, so the Lions’ donation helped us get it to the standard where we could use it,” Mr Peters said.

“We want to keep Broken Hill’s history going. There’s plenty of places in town that have history of course, but this is specific to the station and all the local people who have been involved in it,” he said.

“We’re getting stuff from people who have been in the fire brigade or their family have been from years ago. They donate it and we store it here and display it. We’ve got a lot of photos up on the walls too, of past and present fire fighters.”

Lions Club member Brian McCarthy said the money came from the ticket sales from their car raffle, as well as other projects they do around town.

He said the Club was happy to donate to the cause, and to help any other groups in the city.

Mr Peters said having a club like the Lions who are willing to chip in for community projects was very beneficial. 

He also renewed his call for more items. 

“Most of us have got bits and pieces of old uniforms. They’ve changed several times, even since I’ve been here, so it’d be good to have something of the old, old uniform that they used to wear back in the day here,” he said.

“Any old photos or other memorabilia would be great too.”

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