‘The ladies’ help Euroa CFA’s clock tick

LEADING LADIES: Long-time members of the Euroa Urban Fire Brigade Auxiliary Marilyn Davidson (left) and Robyn Burke, standing in the memorial garden named after former auxiliary president Fran Williams. PHOTO: Anthony Cini

In light of the Euroa Urban Fire Brigade’s upcoming 125th anniversary, The Euroa Gazette is running a series of stories with some of Euroa’s current and former members on their memories of being in the brigade.

ON July 26, 1971, a small group of women in Euroa banded together to form a social committee that continues today, after 46 years.
The Euroa Urban Fire Brigade Auxiliary has lasted the test of time and consists of wives, daughters and girlfriends of members of the brigade.

Starting with 18 members, including founding member Marilyn Davidson and the late Fran Williams (president until her death in 2012), this small band of members met every month to have a chat at each other’s houses, rotated around the auxiliary, until they decided to permanently meet at the fire station.

Together, ‘the ladies’ as they are widely known, organised street stalls, Dutch auctions and the famous bingo nights held at the Euroa Hotel for 27 years, which were all major fundraisers for the brigade.

The ladies also catered for functions and events related to CFA members, as well as running demonstrations and brigade training sessions.

Marilyn, who is today one of the longest-standing members of the auxiliary, said the small group was a great excuse “to get out of the house and socialise with the girls”.

“It’s like being part of a big family,” she said.

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