Ded­i­cated vol­un­teers to main­tain mu­seum’s vin­tage ma­chin­ery

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More than 80 peo­ple at­tended the of­fi­cial open­ing of the black­smith at the Bathurst Agri­cul­tural Mu­seum last Fri­day.

Lo­cal res­i­dents turned up in their num­bers to sup­port the open­ing, which was the cul­mi­na­tion of a long-held dream to have a work­ing smithy at the mu­seum.

The smithy fea­tures many trac­tors and vin­tage farm ma­chin­ery kept in work­ing or­der by a team of ded­i­cated vol­un­teers.

The shed housing the black­smith forge in­cludes a me­chan­i­cal wheel and an an­i­mal power sec­tion.

“It took us 15 years to of­fi­cially open the black­smith,” mu­seum chair­per­son Alan Pike said, thank­ing a num­ber of peo­ple who had made this pos­si­ble and con­trib­uted to the suc­cess of the event.

“Hob­son and Co Smithy helped us a lot with the sub­stan­tial amount of money they do­nated to us. Our for­mer mayor, Sipho Tan­dani, also helped us with the mu­nic­i­pal plan, as that was also some­thing that stopped us from build­ing,” he said.

“But we are grate­ful to ev­ery­one who chipped in to help us make to­day pos­si­ble.

“We don’t have gov­ern­ment fund­ing. Peo­ple vol­un­teer to do the work for us in their free time – they work tire­lessly to help us at the mu­seum and we re­ally ap­pre­ci­ate that,” Pike said.

“We rely on ad­mis­sion fees, mem­ber­ships, and spon­sor­ships for ev­ery­thing in the mu­seum and we some­times do a lot of fundrais­ing.

“We are happy about to­day. We are try­ing to build a farm­yard and we are proud that our mu­seum over the years has grown into six dif­fer­ent halls or sheds,” Pike said.

Af­ter the open­ing, peo­ple pro­ceeded to Pike’s Post for some good food, and cheese and wine, set up beau­ti­fully by the Plough­man Pub.

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