Cart to be re­stored

Benalla Ensign - - News - By Si­mon Rup­pert

A piece of Be­nalla’s his­tory is be­ing brought back to life by vol­un­teers at the Men’s Shed with a project to re­store the old Ber­talli’s horse-drawn bread cart.

The cart, which was used by Dick Ber­talli, grand­fa­ther of cur­rent Ber­talli’s Bak­ery Owner An­drew, was a fix­ture on Be­nalla’s streets decades ago.

‘‘It was kept in the old sta­ble be­hind what was the bak­ery on the cor­ner of Car­rier St and Church St, where the vets are now,’’ An­drew Ber­talli said.

‘‘It’s a bit be­fore my time. I don’t even re­mem­ber see­ing it in the shed, but Dad knew all about it. It was how we de­liv­ered bread back then.

‘‘One thing I do know is the de­liv­ery guys did not like hav­ing to round the horses up in the morn­ing.’’

Ro­man Kaminski, who is sec­re­tary of the Men’s shed and in­volved in the restora­tion said the project was an ex­cit­ing one.

‘‘One chap here at the shed re­mem­bers the cart driver call­ing out, ‘BREADO... BREADO, buy your BREADO’,’’ Mr Kaminski said.

‘‘Like a lot of peo­ple he re­mem­bers when milk came in bot­tles and was de­liv­ered to your doorstep with bread in the early morn­ings.’’

An­drew said he was ‘‘over the moon’’ as the old cart is not so much sim­ply Ber­talli’s his­tory, but a part of Be­nalla’s his­tory, which be­longs to the whole com­mu­nity.

‘‘It’s not my horse and cart, it’s Be­nalla’s. The work be­ing done by the guys at the men’s shed is amaz­ing and I hope it ends up dis­played some­where in town where ev­ery­one can ap­pre­ci­ate it,’’ he said.

‘‘And it’s just great to see the en­joy­ment in these guys eyes. It’s un­real as they’ve got a project that be­longs to Be­nalla that peo­ple can en­joy.

‘‘It was great to see the ex­pres­sion on their faces, it was like ex­cited kids.’’

Spe­cial project: Vol­un­teers at Be­nalla’s Men’s Shed hard at work restor­ing the old Ber­talli’s horse-drawn cart.

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