Demonstration by New South Wales and Victorian Fire Brigades, at Sydney.

Title: Demonstration by New South Wales and Victorian Fire Brigades, at Sydney.
Date: C1882
Artist: Unknown
Image Size: 235mm x 220mm (9.25" x 8.66")
Technique: Hand coloured engraving.
Condition: In good condition
Stock Number: ISN NS 821125 001 (KHGY) (C011)
Price: $A 145

Rare engraving of colonial fireman.

Contemporary account of the march;

'One of the principal features of the recent fire brigade gathering in Sydney was the imposing torch-light procession on the evening of the 8th of November, in
which about 2000 firemen, many from Victoria, took part. The crowd was enormous, but good order was preserved, no accident being reported. The procession
was headed by Mr. Torning, as marshal. The procession, starting from the Haymarket, passed down George Street, round Circular Quay, up Macquarie Street, through King Street, and up Pitt Street, back to the starting point, the thoroughfares being filled with multitudes of excited spectators.'

From the original edition of The Illustrated Sydney News.


Arthur Collingridge de Tourcey (1853-1907)

Collingridge was a painter, illustrator and teacher who became staff artist for The Illustrated London News and The Graphic both very successful London newspapers, before emigrating to Australia. He was one of several sons in an old Catholic family from Godington Manor, Oxfordshire. Like his brother George , he mostly dropped the 'de Tourcey’ in Australia. came to Sydney in 1879 where he worked as an illustrator for the Sydney Mail , the Town and Country Journal. He founded the New South Wales Art Society and was staff artist of the Illustrated Sydney News.Collingridge exhibited widely, mainly in New South Wales and was a founding member of the Royal Art Society of NSW 1880.