|The Maryborough Ambulance Transport Brigade was formed in 1897 and operated from the store of a local chemist named Field Evans Smith. Original photograph Maryborough Wide Bay & Burnett Historical Society.|
The annual report of the year ended April 1902 reported 46 cases and 113 cases of transport in Maryborough and 41 cases from the Pialba Branch.
The Maryborough Branch was overseen by Super Intendent F.E. Smith a well known local chemist and Deputy Superintendent Bearkly and the Pialba Branch was overseen by Superintendent W.H. Brown.
here also talks of the intention to have an Ambulance Service run out of Biggenden and the need for police to be trained in first aid. They continued to grow and eventually started services at Howard, Miva, Tiaro, Bauple and Kingaroy.
|Ambulance Bearer Edwin (Ted) Simpson|
|Ambulance Bearer George Tregea|
|Ambulance Bearer Christoper (Gus) Loose|
The Maryborough Ambulance Transport Brigade operated from Field Evans Smith's chemist store. The service outgrew these premises and in 1913 calls for a new building were made. The information in the Chronicle regarding this can be found here
|The Lovell Children with a stretcher, 1914.|
On the 14th August, 1915 the new ambulance building was opened in Adelaide Street by Mayor Alderman J. Blackley. A motto inscribed around a large cross Ever Ready for Love and Life drew considerable interest found here
|The second ambulance building located in Adelaide Street.|
In 1932 the Ambulance Service was moved to newly erected premises at the Maryborough Hospital and has remained there since. The Ambulance Service came under the control of the Hospital Board and the old premises became used for transportation of sick patients. The Chronicle article detailing this can be found here
|Maryborough's First Ambulance Vehicle|
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