Friends of Fa­gan Park

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

AN­ZAC Day was a per­fect day weath­er­wise, draw­ing large crowds to Fa­gan Park and many of them vis­it­ing the Mu­seum precinct. We took our ve­hi­cles for a pa­rade through the park, in­clud­ing the newly com­pleted Far­mall F14 tractor. A cou­ple of small is­sues arose as you might ex­pect on its maiden run, and th­ese will not be dif­fi­cult to fix. Our tea and cof­fee was pop­u­lar and we ac­tu­ally sold out of the home­made AN­ZAC bis­cuits.

Men­tion was made pre­vi­ously of the re­cent res­ur­rec­tion of our McDon­ald diesel roller, and this was started a cou­ple of times and even driven a short dis­tance up and down to show off the rum­bling be­he­moth that it is. After AN­ZAC Day we were able to put it back in its shed after nearly 12 months.

Netherby Home­stead will be closed for all of May for ceil­ing re­place­ment and a com­plete re­paint.

One of our mem­bers is close to com­plet­ing the restora­tion of a Ba-vu pump­ing unit. Th­ese com­prise an in­te­grated 2-stroke en­gine and high pres­sure pump all of their own de­sign, and were used for or­chard spray­ing, sheep de­lous­ing (an al­ter­na­tive to dip­ping) and so on. They were man­u­fac­tured in Vic­to­ria and are quite un­com­mon in NSW. As do­nated, ours was miss­ing a few items, but we were able to ac­quire an­other to com­plete it. We have just com­menced work on the 1918 In­ter­na­tional Model K truck, at this stage dis­man­tling the donor chas­sis. The wheels will be a par­tic­u­lar chal­lenge, be­ing solid rub­ber on wooden-spoked wheels (known as ar­tillery wheels). There are few re­main­ing peo­ple ca­pa­ble of re-spok­ing and re-rub­ber­ing th­ese types of wheels, even though they were once com­mon. See the at­tached photo of one of the rear wheels – it cer­tainly needs some work! We re­ally ex­pect chal­lenges at ev­ery turn, which is what makes a pro­ject such as this so in­ter­est­ing and re­ward­ing. One no­table fea­ture how­ever – it is 100 years old and has been stored in the open for good­ness knows how long, yet there is min­i­mal rust, and ev­ery nut and bolt has loos­ened with lit­tle dif­fi­culty, a tes­ta­ment to the quality of ma­te­ri­als used back then. The cli­mate out West would also have helped of course. The Friends of Fa­gan Park are on deck ev­ery Tues­day, which is our vol­un­teer­ing day. The mu­se­ums are open to all on th­ese days, and on the sec­ond Sun­day of each month (af­ter­noon only). We en­cour­age vis­i­tors to ask about our pro­jects, as well as about any of the arte­facts on display. Who knows – you may be­come in­ter­ested in join­ing us!

Call Ian Brown­ing, Hon­orary Cu­ra­tor, 0419 435 475.

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