Oriel Hunt’s engines were an a-traction
ORIEL Hunt was well known in the district in the first half of the 1900’s for his work with his traction engine.
He was the only child of early pioneers of the district - William & Amy Hunt of “St. Huberts” in the small village of Henley . “St Hubert’s” was one of the finest properties in the district and is now known as “The Echoes”. It is situated about 3 kms SE of Kyabram on the Cooma Road.
Oriel was a methodical and clever mechanic. He had assisted materially in carrying out various electrical works throughout the town during the shortage of labour. His workshop at his farm was extremely well equipped with tools required for all classes of mechanical works.
A temporary generator driven by Oriel Hunt’s traction engine was used to restore a partial electricity service to Kyabram when the supply of power was disrupted due to the Butter Factory fire in 1919.
Oriel Hunt died in 1949 at the age of 57 years.