Story: Fires and fire services

Horse power

Horse power

A team of horses gallops to a fire in the early 1900s, carrying members of the Wellington fire brigade and their steam pump. Horse-drawn appliances were used to transport firefighters and equipment to fires during the 19th and early 20th centuries.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, J. N. Taylor Collection
Reference: 1/2-104840; F
Photograph by J. N. Taylor

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Nancy Swarbrick, 'Fires and fire services - Early fire services', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 29 November 2023)

Story by Nancy Swarbrick, published 11 Mar 2010