Pre­cious ma­chin­ery swamped in flood

Work­ers put in hard yards to clean up

Central and North Burnett Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

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.

Photo: Bran­don Livesay

WHAT A MESS: Richie Wal­ters and Cyn­thia Berthelsen clear out the en­trance to the Gayn­dah mu­seum.

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