Bathurst Island Remote Volunteer Brigade

1974 saw the authorisation for the formation of the Bathurst Island Volunteer Fire Brigade[1] the sixth Volunteer Fire Brigade. The catalyst for the formation of a fire brigade at Bathurst Island probably stemmed from a fire at the Bathurst Island Mission in the early hours of 2 August 1973, which claimed the lives of five of the six children from one family. The fire apparently started when a candle being used as a nightlight ignited bedding. Although the Mission housed a community of over one thousand people, there was no fire fighting organisation, or fire fighting equipment other than hand fire extinguishers. Following this tragic event, the NT Fire Brigade made equipment available to the Mission on loan, and provided training in its use[2].

[1] NT Government Gazette No 13 dated 28 March 1974 notice 481/13, and NT Government Gazette No 22 dated 30 May 1974 notices 826/22

[2] 1973 NT Fire Brigade Annual Report page 5


Nguiu Police Station, Bathurst Island NT 0822

Postal Address

PO Box 1, Nguiu NT 0822