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The Brigade held their annual meeting last night, Lieutenant Dolman in the chair. Correspondence was read from Mr. Wilkie, resigning the captaincy of the Brigade; from the Borough Council, respecting finance and the matter of uniforms, &c. ; and from the Fire Brigades Association. The secretary was instructed to acknowledge receipt of Mr. Wilkie’s letter, and to express regret that he had found it necessary to resign. The secretary then read a report of the meeting of delegates at Wellington, Lieutenant Dolman explaining matters of detail. A vote of thanks to the Lieutenant was passed for his attendance at the Conference. The secretary then read the annual report as follows : I have to report that since our last annual meeting, the brigade has made great progress, and that after considerable correspondence with the Borough Council, we have at last arrived at something like a satisfactory arrangement with that l)o ly. It is much to he regretted that the public do nol support us in a more liberal manner, considering that scarcely one of ; the Brigade has any interest at stake in the event of a serious fire. The Brigade has joined the Association, thus putdng themselves on a much better footing than hitherto as regards information if means for extinguishing fires, etc. \oa will agree with me that the Brigade has suffered a loss in the retirement of Captain Wilkie, whose services have been of great value to us. On the whole wc may congratulate ourselves on our improved position. The meeting then resolved itself into a cornmitee ol the whole for the election of officers, and on resuming reported as follows ; —Captain, J. C. Dolman ; Lieut. W. E. Dolman ; Foreman, H. Gates ; Treasurer, G. Parkin ; Secretary, IV. Adams. The Secretary brought up (he annual balance-sheet of the brigade, and Messrs Bland and Higgins were appointed auditors, to report at next meeting. The committee for the coming mo-nth was elected, and the meeting closed with a vote of thanks to the chair.

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ASHBURTON FIRE BRIGADE., Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 258, 2 February 1881

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ASHBURTON FIRE BRIGADE. Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 258, 2 February 1881