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NSW Fire Brigades No 10 Vehicle Number Plates

Item details

Name of item: NSW Fire Brigades No 10 Vehicle Number Plates
Other name/s: Number 10 vehicle number plates (collection) (within Museum of Fire)
Type of item: Movable / Collection
Group/Collection: Government and Administration
Category: Contents (movable)
Location: Lat: -33.74769657 Long: 150.6935434
Primary address: Castlereagh Road, Penrith, NSW 2750
Local govt. area: Penrith
Local Aboriginal Land Council: Deerubbin

Boundary:

The SHR curtilage boundary is limited to the item itself and does not include the land it is located on or the structure it is housed within.
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
Castlereagh RoadPenrithPenrith  Primary Address

Owner/s

Organisation NameOwner CategoryDate Ownership Updated
Roads and Maritime ServicesState Government 

Statement of significance:

The Number 10 vehicle number plates are valued for their historical and social significance. One of the earliest recipients of the first number plates issued by the Roads and Traffic Authority, the number 10 plates have since 1910, been affixed to the vehicle of the Chief Commissioner of the NSW Fire Brigades. The nomination includes the original 'No. 10' vitreous enamel plate issued by the RTA in 1910 (a single plate was affixed to the rear of the vehicle in 1910) and the replacement set of 'No. 10' embossed steel plates issued in 1937 (by the 1920s two 'plates' were being used. The plates have been in continuous use by the NSW FB since 1910. The numeric plates No. 10 are the only NSW number plates to remain in issue to the same organisation since number plates were first introduced in NSW. The Number 10 vehicle number plates are held in great esteem by the NSW Fire Brigades and firefighters in New South Wales, for their symbolic association with the Commissioner and the traditions of the Fire Brigades.
Date significance updated: 02 Oct 01
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Description

Designer/Maker: unknown private company or contracted company to the then registering authority.
Builder/Maker: unknown private company or contracted company to the then registering authority.
Construction years: 1910-1910
Physical description: Collection includes an original plate: of vitreous enamel and the current set of plates: of embossed steel.
Physical condition and/or
Archaeological potential:
Excellent condition.
Date condition updated:11 Apr 01
Modifications and dates: The number plates were issued by the registering authority. In 1910 this was the Traffic Superintendent's Office of the NSW Police Department, in 1930 by the Department of Road Transport and Tramways and in 1952 by the Department of Motor Transport, and again in early 1989 by the Roads and Traffic Authority.
Further information: The number plates were issued by the registering authority. In 1910 this was the Traffic Superintendent's Office of the NSW Police Department, in 1930 by the Department of Road Transport and Tramways and in 1952 by the Department of Motor Transport, and again in early 1989 by the Roads and Traffic Authority. The Number 10 vehicle number plates are well known to all generations of firefighers not only in NSW but in Australia.
Current use: Original at Penrith Fire Museum - Existing affixed to vehicle current Commissior
Former use: n/a

History

Historical notes: The No. 10 number plate has been allocated to the Chief Officer of the NSW Fire Brigades since the inception of number plates by the Roads and Traffic Authority in 1910. The first vehicle allocated the plate, in 1910 was a 14 h.p. B.S.A vehicle used by the Chief Officer A.Webb. (1989 - 1913) The plates have been uniquely issued to the Chief Officer, now Commissioner, of the Fire Brigades since 1910. The Number 10 vehicle has been photographed on numerous occasions, both formal and operational, for nearly 100 years.

Historic themes

Australian theme (abbrev)New South Wales themeLocal theme
7. Governing-Governing Government and Administration-Activities associated with the governance of local areas, regions, the State and the nation, and the administration of public programs - includes both principled and corrupt activities. (none)-

Assessment of significance

SHR Criteria a)
[Historical significance]
The plates are associated with the Chief Commissioner of the NSW Fire Brigades, a very senior public servant of the State. The Fire Brigades was a leading innovator in modern vehicles machinery in the early days (from 1884). The plates demonstrates early and continuous association with road vehicles. Vitreous enamel plates were issued 1910 - 1937 and pressed from 1937 to the present. The fact that the Chief Officers plates, No.10, have been allocated since 1910 continuously, is unique in NSW and possibly Australia.
SHR Criteria d)
[Social significance]
The No. 10 Vehicle Number plates are held in high regard by the NSW Fire Brigades as part of their working tradition.
SHR Criteria f)
[Rarity]
There has only ever been one issue of the 'Number 10' number plate from the Roads and Traffic Authority.
SHR Criteria g)
[Representativeness]
Is representative of the item class.
Integrity/Intactness: The plates are intact and in excellent condition. At least one vehicle associated with the plates, the 1929 - 1957 Super 8 Hudson was disposed of. Further research into other associated motor cars is required.
Assessment criteria: Items are assessed against the PDF State Heritage Register (SHR) Criteria to determine the level of significance. Refer to the Listings below for the level of statutory protection.

Recommended management:

The original plate is displayed in the Penrith Fire Museum, granted the right to display the item by the RTA.

Procedures /Exemptions

Section of actDescriptionTitleCommentsAction date
57(2)Exemption to allow workStandard Exemptions SCHEDULE OF STANDARD EXEMPTIONS
HERITAGE ACT 1977
Notice of Order Under Section 57 (2) of the Heritage Act 1977

I, the Minister for Planning, pursuant to subsection 57(2) of the Heritage Act 1977, on the recommendation of the Heritage Council of New South Wales, do by this Order:

1. revoke the Schedule of Exemptions to subsection 57(1) of the Heritage Act made under subsection 57(2) and published in the Government Gazette on 22 February 2008; and

2. grant standard exemptions from subsection 57(1) of the Heritage Act 1977, described in the Schedule attached.

FRANK SARTOR
Minister for Planning
Sydney, 11 July 2008

To view the schedule click on the Standard Exemptions for Works Requiring Heritage Council Approval link below.
Sep 5 2008

PDF Standard exemptions for works requiring Heritage Council approval

Listings

Heritage ListingListing TitleListing NumberGazette DateGazette NumberGazette Page
Heritage Act - State Heritage Register 0151905 Apr 02 692182

References, internet links & images

TypeAuthorYearTitleInternet Links
TourismAttraction Homepage2007NSW Fire Brigades No 10 Vehicle Number Plates View detail
WrittenColin Adrian1984Fighting Fire - a century of service 1884 - 1984
WrittenLew Phillips1993History: No. 10
WrittenRoads and Traffic Authority1989Correspondence to the NSW Fire Brigade in relation to Number 10 licence plates
TourismTourism NSW2007Museum Of Fire View detail

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Data source

The information for this entry comes from the following source:
Name: Heritage Office
Database number: 5051488
File number: H00/00758


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