Monday, March 30, 2015

Sister Cities

The idea of sister city would provide hospitality to travellers; improve cultural ideas through student activities and exchange, exchange art, literature and customs.  The idea was initiated by President JF Kennedy for promotion of world peace.

Along with Hemel Hempstead in England, which is Elizabeth’s English Sister City, Elizabeth has another sister city in America which is Fremont in California.The winner of Miss Elizabeth 1956 won a two week holiday to Fremont as its first prize.
May 1966 Elizabeth Council decides in principal to become Sister City to Fremont for purpose of establishing links with similar cities in the US.  Fremont was chose due to basic similarities in socio economic development.  Other factors included nearness to a  major city, demographic and geographic similarities, and that General Motors has a plant in Fremont.

In October 1968 the Town Clerk of Elizabeth visited Fremont and donated plaque with City of Elizabeth coat of arms for new Civic Theatre in Fremont.
In 1969, the Mayor of Elizabeth attended opening of Lake Elizabeth and poured Adelaide water into it. Elizabeth named its central park, Fremont park.

Hemel Hempstead

Monday, March 23, 2015

One Tree Hill EFS

The Brigade was formed in December 1960.  Before the area was protected by a unit from the District Council of Munno Para, stationed at Gawler Blocks (now known as Evanston Gardens), about 13 miles away.

There was also a number of private units.  One of these units, owned by Yattalunga Pastoral Company, was bought by the Council and stationed in a shed at the One Tree Hill Methodist Church.

This Unit was a 1944 Ford truck carrying 400 gallons of water and equipped with a Howard Motor and Pump. It was rebuilt mainly by voluntary labour in October 1962, and around that time, the Council built a shed in the centre of the town. This is now the One Tree Hill Fire Station.

The next step forward came three years later when the Council supplied a second unit, a 1964 Bedford Truck carrying 400 gallons of water and fitted with a Magirus Pump and Motor.  This unit was commissioned by the Director of EFS, Mr F.L. Kerr, in September 1965.

Over the next four years members raised about $3,000 by holding various functions.  This money was to be used for the replacement of the Ford with a new four wheel drive unit.

With the generous support of the local residents and the District Council of Munno Para, this project was completed.  In May 1969, members began to make a survey of newly completed appliances.

They then spent several hundred hours designing a most modern and up to date unit. It is an International C1300 HD 4 x 4 chassis carrying 280 gallons of water and fitted with a Davey Pump powered by a 6hp Honda motor.  The unit was built By P.A. Wotton of Uraidla and commissioned by the Director of EFS in February 1970.        


Thursday, March 12, 2015

Smithfield CFS Fire Station

Jane Street, Smithfield.

A voluntary service, the Smithfield Fire Brigade became an official Brigade in 1963 having operated as an unofficial brigade for about 3 years before that.  Present membership is approx 30 men. The average number of calls a year is 150.  Between July 1978 and June 1979 the calls totalled 220 which included an extra 70 calls concerning the activities of a firebug who operated in the Munno Para area in the summer months.

The Smithfield Brigade is the main one in the Munno Para area and sometimes answers calls outside the Council area and works well with the City Fire Brigade in this respect. Most of the Brigade’s firemen live nearby and the call out time from the first sounding of the siren is between 2 and 4 minutes.  The Light Attack Unit is the first unit out, followed almost immediately by the Main Pump Unit with the majority of the firemen. The photo show the Main Pump Unit (Bedford).  This Unit, the only one of its kind in the area was designed and built by the Smithfield Brigade member’s between 1977 and 1978.  It functions as special service and rescue unit and can play a role in Civil Defence, there being no State Emergency Service in the area.  It is used at accident scenes freeing people trapped in vehicles; carries extra men for fire fighting duties if needed; can rescue people and stock in rural fires; carries extra equipment if needed; and is used as refreshment vehicle by the Ladies Auxiliary at the scene of fires.

Reference:- Information given by Senior Fireman David Lamplough of Elizabeth South, 18/5/1979.