Oriel Hunt’s en­gines were an a-trac­tion

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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.

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