Entries by Ric Carlyon

My Associations with Fire

Unknown Origins It’s said in family circles that just as soon as I was old enough, and I think it must have been when I was 7, I was allowed to travel alone by tram to and from Newmarket to visit my grandfather. It’s also told that on one occasion I deliberately stayed on the […]

Auckland Before it had a Dependable Fire Brigade

Accounts of Auckland’s fire protection before 1857, when a volunteer brigade was established, usually amount to a couple of lines saying that “organised”  fire-fighting in those early days was left to men from the Navy and Army, and citizens. Auckland began to be settled in 1840, so that was 17 years without a fire brigade […]