Precious machinery swamped in flood
Workers put in hard yards to clean up
THE MUSEUM in Gayndah was inundated by the flood.
Computers and historic records were moved out before the water entered the main building, but the steam engine display was hit hard.
Gayndah Museum Committee president Cynthia Berthelsen said the flood was devastating.
“The ground was too wet to get any of the machinery out, and that’s our biggest attraction,” she said.
The collection included the Number 2 engine originally built by Walkers Engineering in 1893 in Maryborough for the Maryborough Sugar Mill, a Clayton Shuttleworth 2.5hp engine and a Marshall 11hp twin cylinder engine, all in operating condition.
The floods of 2010 stopped several metres away from the museum’s entrance, but this flood left water marks more than 1.5m high on the walls.
Helpers found objects from the museum in the park over the road during the clean-up.
Mrs Berthelsen said rare and valuable IBC catalogues and machinery instruction manuals had been retrieved.
“They have been taken to oth- er people’s houses to dry out and they should be salvageable,” she said.
“Most of what we are throwing out isn’t essential to the history of the place.
“The history of the town is 99% saved, it’s the artefacts now that we’ve got to deal with.”
The museum’s lungfish are alive and well, a huge relief for the committee.
WHAT A MESS: Richie Walters and Cynthia Berthelsen clear out the entrance to the Gayndah museum.