Friends of Fa­gan Park

Galston, Glenorie and Hills Rural News - - Community News -

Our Open day on AN­ZAC Day, Wed­nes­day, 25th April, will be be­hind us when you read this. We are of course look­ing for­ward to a suc­cess­ful day, with plenty of tra­di­tional home made AN­ZAC bis­cuits con­sumed. As I write this, re­pairs to our McDon­ald diesel roller have been com­pleted suc­cess­fully, and the old girl is back in op­er­a­tion af­ter 10 months of layup. It will be started on the day.

Netherby Homestead will be closed for some time af­ter AN­ZAC Day to en­able the pressed me­tal ceil­ings to be re­placed. The old steel ceil­ings have suf­fered the rav­ages of time and have rusted through in places and be­come un­sightly. Coun­cil has or­gan­ised pe­riod pat­terned re­place­ments, in alu­minium, which should have a long ser­vice life, not that 117 years was too bad for the old ones. It will be quite a dis­rup­tion, with all the con­tents hav­ing to be moved to stor­age.

One of our dis­plays that has not been demon­strated for a num­ber of years is the horse-works driven chaff cut­ter. Hav­ing no horse, we use a self-steer­ing small Kub­ota trac­tor it its place. For the chaff cut­ter, we need a sup­ply of oaten hay, so we have just ploughed a small plot of ground to sow some oats, which we will later cut and store for demon­strat­ing chaff cut­ting (rab­bits per­mit­ting!).

An exciting new project is be­ing planned – the restora­tion of an In­ter­na­tional Model K truck of 1918. The ve­hi­cle was re­cently do­nated by one of the district’s pi­o­neer­ing fam­i­lies, and we have ob­tained an­other donor chas­sis to pro­vide some miss­ing items. There is much in­for­ma­tion gath­er­ing un­der way be­fore we ac­tu­ally start real work. It will take a cou­ple of years at least, and is likely to present some real chal­lenges. These are unique trucks, known as coal-scut­tle style, with the ra­di­a­tor be­hind rather than in front of the en­gine. I hope this is not be­ing too tech­ni­cal for read­ers, but it is what makes them such unusual and iconic ve­hi­cles. The photo il­lus­trates the style.

The Friends of Fa­gan Park main­tain the arte­facts on dis­play in the mu­se­ums, and are con­tin­u­ously restor­ing worth­while ob­jects of lo­cal sig­nif­i­cance. There are al­ways new projects be­ing un­der­taken, and we wel­come en­quiries from any­one in­ter­ested in join­ing our group. A re­minder that the mu­se­ums are open ev­ery Tues­day, and on the se­cond Sun­day of each month (af­ter­noon only).

Ian Brown­ing, Hon­orary Cu­ra­tor, 0419 435 475.

Ex­am­ple of truck

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