Fire Engine

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Fire engine outside Hastings Fire Station

Photo caption – “Hastings people at the turn of the century immensely proud of their Shand Mason steamer, seen here decked out for Queen Victoria’s Jubilee. With fine pair of matched greys and engine immaculately turned out Engineer Thomas Leipst (at rear) and driver Bill Brooking posed in front of fire station.”

Shand Mason steam engine in front of the new Market Street fire station decorated for the Coronation of King George V. First Engineer A. Leipst is on the left and driver Brooking seated. The steamer was one of the largest to come to New Zealand with a pumping capacity of 1000 G.P.M’. – from ‘Fighting Flames – A Century of Firefighting in Hastings 1886-1986’ by Russell Kirby, 1986


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