1912 Early motor ambulance and wheeled stretcher in front of the Federal Carriage Co. premises, Brisbane
Sign in front of vehicles: 'Federal Carriage Coy., 181-183 Elizabeth St., Brisbane'. A sign over the door of the building bears the names W. Fowler, J.C. James and W. Weilant. See 1912 Two-wheeled Hand-drawn Ambulance, Brisbane for a closer view of the covered hand cart which features collapsible legs for easy conversion to a temporary cot. Source: SLQ
Ambulance by Motor
Brisbane Courier - Thursday 6 May 1909, page 5
During the past few years the motor has made very rapid strides in Brisbane, and is gradually making its way into almost every sphere of labour. There are motor fire engines, taxi-cabs and motor delivery waggons. The very latest is a motor ambulance waggon. For some time the Brisbane Ambulance Brigade contemplated the purchase of such a waggon, and an order was placed with the Canada Cycle Company and the Federal Carriage Company for its construction. It has now been completed, and will shortly be brought into everyday use by the brigade. The carriage is built with a platform, on which the litter is placed, and with the aid of a number of spring bolt fittings, chocks, and levers is fastened so securely that it cannot be moved an inch.
The motor, which was imported and fitted by the Canada Cycle Company, is an 18 h.p. Bayard, by the firm of Clements, of Paris. Its speed limit under ordinary conditions is about 40 miles per hour. Seating accommodation is provided for three men, including the chauffeur, but, if necessary, the motor could be made to carry a dozen men with ease. The machinery is all so situated that in the case of breakdown it can be reached with ease by merely lifting the litter and turning up the floor of the carriage, which is on a hinge. The new motor waggon should prove of great assistance to the Brigade, especially where they are called to attend accidents at any great distance from the station.
More Ambulance Information
- 1901 Brisbane City Ambulance and Transport Brigade
- 1909 Ambulance by Motor, Brisbane
- 1912 Early Motor Ambulance and Wheeled Stretcher, Brisbane
- 1912 Two-wheeled Hand-drawn Ambulance, Brisbane