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Historic Sites of Manitoba: Brandon Central Fire Hall (637 Princess Avenue, Brandon)

The 2½-storey Central Fire Station, designed by architect W. A. Elliott and constructed in 1911, is one of Brandon’s finest buildings. A previous fire hall stood here between 1882 and 1893. A 4,400-pound bell in the tower was removed in 1971 to reduce the stress on the structure. A plaque describing the history of the building was erected here by the Brandon Municipal Heritage Committee. The building has been renovated into a restaurant.

On 27 June 1920, the Brandon Fire Department unveiled a memorial tablet to six members of the fire department who died during the First World War. The tablet was unveiled by Brandon’s Mayor George Dinsdale. It was originally located in a recess on the outside of the building. The tablet is now located at the Brandon Fire and Emergency Services Museum.

Brandon Fire Hall

Brandon Fire Hall (circa 1912)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough, 2015-0004

Brandon Fire Hall

Brandon Fire Hall (no date)
Source: Archives of Manitoba, George Harris Fonds, Acc. 1979-141, P7456, Album 4, Page 32.

Brandon Fire Hall

Brandon Fire Hall (2011)
Source: Peter McLure

The former Brandon Fire Hall

The former Brandon Fire Hall (May 2018)
Source: George Penner

Site Coordinates (lat/long): N49.84703, W99.94693
denoted by symbol on the map above

First World War Casualties





Birth Date

Death Date

Thomas Calder


45th Battalion, Canadian Infantry


30 May 1885

24 February 1916

William Dingwall


1st Canadian Mounted Rifles

Lance Corporal

9 April 1890

7 April 1917

Thomas Dunnett


1st Canadian Mounted Rifles


14 February 1887

5 June 1916

William Esslemont


1st Canadian Mounted Rifles

Company Sergeant Major

20 March 1894

9 April 1917

Donald McDonald


1st Canadian Mounted Rifles


22 March 1888

28 September 1916

Wilfred Lloyd Wisner
[Armoury, Lenore, Oak Lake]


1st Canadian Mounted Rifles


16 December 1894

15 September 1916

See also:

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Brandon Fire and Emergency Services Museum (120 Nineteenth Street North, Brandon)

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Municipally Designated Historic Sites


“Unveil Memorial to Fireman who Gave Their Lives,” Brandon Weekly Sun, 24 June 1920, page 1.

“Unveil tablet to firemen who gave their lives,” Brandon Daily Sun, 28 June 1920, page 1.

Central Fire Station, Manitoba Historic Resources Branch.

We thank Peter McLure and Darryl Toews for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 15 December 2019

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