My brother was recently caught up in the middle of an unseasonal bushfire in the Adelaide Hills. Thanks to his many years (about 20 years) of fire brigade volunteering and training, and that of his son, they had taken many measures to ensure the safety of their house and themselves. (Their neighbour’s house was sadly lost).
Our grandfather John Raikes GARRETT (1908-1992) and his father Lewis Raikes GARRETT (1876-1939) were also involved in fire brigades, at Eastern Hill in Melbourne and at St Kilda. I’ve written a little on this previously and there is a photo of father and son fire fighting together in that post.
Lewis married the beautiful lady in my last blog post, Constance Edith TERRY (1871-1925).
What I hadn’t known was that Lewis’ father in law, Alfred TERRY (1823-1881) was also an avid fire fighter.
Alfred was a prominent brewer and so I was sure there must be an obituary somewhere for him. I didn’t expect to find this:
…In his last hours he was very anxious about one thing…he hoped his men would maintain the honor of their corps and run for the Britannia Fire Associations Challenge Cup, which they hold and still keep. To the late Mr Alfred Terry’s exertions the efficiency of the Carlton Brewery V. F. Brigade was mainly due…
…“If a fire was any where near his place he was the first to be there, and the last to leave.”
The Britannia Cup was again won by the Carlton Brigade.
Searching further, I found Alfred had invented a “jumping sheet” or fire escape to prevent injuries in those who had to jump from burning buildings.