Click for larger image David Boyle By Ralph and Wendy Thomas

It is with deep regret that we announce the passing of David Boyle, on the 5th September 2015, aged 94 years.

David and his Wife Shirley were great contributors to the historical vintage machinery movement, they were well known to many as they attended many Rallies and to the best of my knowledge attended all of the NHMA National Rallies since 1987. David had a great sense of humour, plus a great memory for friends he had made over the many years exhibiting his models.

He will be sorely missed and it will be a long time, if ever, before their attendance record is broken. The following tribute by his Wife Shirley gives us a great insight to the life of David, and we thank her for allowing us to use it.


Ralph and Wendy Thomas
NHMA. Webmasters

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By Ralph and Wendy Thomas

Click for larger image The NHMA Committee members were extremely pleased when they were all presented with a “Certificate of Appreciation and Attendance” at the recent Hamilton Pastoral Museum Rally, who are the hosts for the 2017 National Rally.

The NHMA Committee does not get a lot of praise for their work, which made this a bit special for us.

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  • As for the Rally itself, we were all very impressed with the general presentation and variety presented for display. The Ladies working in the food hall also warrant a mention. The range of food available was excellent and mostly home cooked. Even a power failure during the Rally dinner was handled expertly with candles quickly distributed to the tables, then business as usual. The NHMA Committee have full confidence that the 2017 National Rally is in good hands, and will be as successful as others we have attended. We wish you good luck.

    Ralph and Wendy Thomas

    NHMA Webmasters

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    by Ralph and Wendy Thomas.




    Bendigo Steam & Oil Engine Preservation Group Inc

    Click for larger image Another Generous Donation report by Rob Hocking

    Our group had a run day on Saturday, where we opened the museum for the public, for 2 reasons.
    One was to celebrate national heritage Month.
    The second was to dedicate our new shed for Eddy & Gwen Abraham, who very generously donated a huge amount of money to enable us to fund a new storage/display and workshop facility. For which our group will be eternally grateful.

    This donation came at a crucial time for our group, as the showgrounds committee were pulling down a large storage shed, attached to our Museum, leaving us with no room to store spare exhibits, equipment or house our workshop.

    Eddy & Gwen are extremely generous to the Bendigo Community and have been for many decades, working for many groups, like Probus, Miridong home, the food bank , to name a few. Without people like this in any community, large or small, many groups and community services, just wouldn’t exist.

    Eddy has been a member of our group, since 1982 and is now a life member.

    A large crowd of members and families gathered as we dedicated the shed and erected a sign and named the shed in their honour & had an afternoon tea.

    Eddy & Gwen further surprised us on the day, with yet another generous cash donation to our group, which will enable us to complete some of the interior work in the Abraham Shed.

    Eddy is having some time away with some health issues now, so we wish him & Gwen all the best with his battle & hope to see him back at the museum soon.

    Rob Hocking
    Committee member

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    Bendigo Oil and Steam Engine Group.

    Click for larger image Ken Bock and Frank Fenwick By Ralph Thomas, W.A. State Rep.

    On our return trip, after attending the very successful National Rally at Carrick in Tasmania, we spent a couple of pleasant days with Ken and Christine Bock in Bendigo.

    During this time Ken took us to the home of the BSOEG in the Bendigo Showgrounds, where we were met by Secretary Frank Fenwick

    Frank made us most welcome and gave us a tour of the Group’s large collection of both steam and internal combustion engines. Complimenting these was a varied assortment of horse drawn implements and garden machinery. Ownership of machinery on display is shared between members and the Group. Several projects are ‘works in progress’ but will eventually achieve completion as time, money and labour is resourced.

    Understandably the Group is at present keen to build up their membership numbers to assist; so if you have an interest in restoring Australia’s heritage and live in the Bendigo area, your help would be most welcome. The Group is very fortunate to have a great location for a home, with the added advantage of promotion during the annual Bendigo Show. They have two magnificent sheds to store and display their exhibits; the most recent being an extremely generous donation, as you will have read in the previous article. Not many clubs, as I am sure you all know, get this lucky, so it must be extremely encouraging for their membership.

    Ralph Thomas

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    DUNGOG - 18TH TO 22ND MARCH 2014

    Full report and photos are on our TRACTOR TREK page.


    In addition to the NHMA newsletter, here is some further information on the recent happenings within the NHMA which may help members understand what is being done by their elected Committee.

    Please note: The secretary can be contacted – but only by email – - should clubs have any difficulty with arrangements.

    The Risk Assessment does not replace the Safety Guidelines.

  • Club Info 30th May 2014. Click to Download

  • Secretary's Report AGM 2014. Click to Download

  • 2014-15 Insurance Form. Click to Download

  • NHMA INSURANCE - Frequently Asked Questions. Click to Download

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    9th Biannual Rally of the Bombala’s Historical Engine and Machine Society Club. (NSW)

    Report by Bruce Bell

    It was a sunny 30 degrees for the 9th biannual rally of the Bombala’s Historical Engine and Machine Society Club. Many clubs attended as well as Vendors and the Local Radio station 2MNO.

    Some highlights of the weekend were a Singer car nick named Ella, Bulldozers form the Snowy Hydro scheme, a restored tractor donated to the club just recently, a steam truck visiting from Hayfield, an Amphibious WWII Jeep from a snowy mountains member, plus lots more. Local car clubs attended and of course you the Public.

    Hoping to see you all at our next rally in 2016 our 10th rally and our 21st year as a club!

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    WEST AUSTRALIAN AUCTION REPORT – 15th November 2014.

    Report by Ralph Thomas State Rep W.A.

    An auction was held recently in Capel, Western Australia, on behalf of the Harbeck Family, by Auctioneers Rumens & Co, Busselton. As is usual at this sort of occasion, the social hype was present, with a number of enthusiasts meeting up and renewing acquaintances.

    The auction was the collection of the late John Harbeck Jnr., and consisted of a selection of well-presented and restored engines and other memorabilia.

    Prices achieved were extremely reasonable and as expected, although the Sun Dial Type B brought a lot higher price than I expected, whilst the Campbell Oil Engine (the highlight of the sale) did not achieve the higher price expected by many in attendance.

    The new owner from Bunbury looked extremely pleased with his purchase at the fall of the hammer.

    On a more serious note, due to the unfortunate circumstances which brought about this auction, it must have been an extremely emotional time for the family, seeing John Junior’s collection being broken up. However, I am sure they can rest assured that all the engines have gone to good homes, many of them local, and the work already done to them will no doubt be appreciated by the new owners. Hopefully they will be displayed at West Australian Vintage Machinery Rallies again in the future.

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    Good afternoon Ralph,

    Thanks for your attendance at the auction of John Harbec which was well supported for a Small Private Collection, and as you have suggested, apart from the Big Campbell, the rest of the motors made what I thought was a very fair price for both buyer and seller. Buyers attended from the greater part of the Wheatbelt as far north as Morowa, as east as Westonia and south to Albany; around 120 people attended which was about what we had anticipated. There was no support from the East; the travel distance was probably the factor there. However I thought someone from the East may have been interested in the Campbell engine. I must say it really is a labour of love restoring these old Engines; the Campbell was in such a mess and what a great job the 2 Harbecks men have done with it. All motors were sold and by Monday morning 11am the whole auction have been cleaned up, paid for and the engines on their way to the new Owners. Once again thanks for the support and I hope to see you at an auction again one day.

    Kind Regards David Rumens


    Report by Ralph Thomas State Rep W.A.
    Photographs by Ken Bock and Julie Schoonderbeek.

    Converging into the area from far and wide always presents logistics which require a fair bit of organising with regular emails and phone calls.

    Those of us who need to fly in to attend, rely on the assistance of other Committee members.

    To be met by a friend who supplies transport and accommodation is very welcome, and in my case thanks must go to Alan and Kerry Shepherd, for making several of us welcome to their home in Melbourne. Alan made several trips to the airport picking up Alf Shand, Brian Scott and myself then driving us up to Lockington for the meetings.

    What a great location to hold a NHMA Committee Meeting and AGM. It is certainly encouraging for the Executive and State Reps when they come together from all over Australia, to be made most welcome and feel comfortable with the members they represent. The Lockington Club provided the NHMA with good facilities for our Committee meeting on the Saturday, where we went through a very busy agenda, dealing with issues that currently confront the movement. It was then back to our accommodation at the Town Hotel for a quick shower and change and back to the Club Rooms for the Rally Dinner. Gas heaters were lit to keep the hall warm during the dinner and the following entertainment; where the Committee had the opportunity to mingle with the locals. This is always a great way to pick up vibes on how the clubs perceive the NHMA, and I found that most greatly appreciate the efforts put in by the Committee, to ensure we all are able to enjoy our hobby safely.

    Sunday morning saw us back at the Club Rooms enjoying a lovely cooked breakfast prior to the AGM. This was well attended and all the business was taken care of, including the election of officers where required. At the finish there was a Question and Answer session on OH&S by Mr Lance Mason (OH&S Consultant), which was very well received, with several safety issues being clarified. After the meeting the visiting Committee Members had an opportunity to look around the Rally Field and Club Rooms. I was very fortunate as Fenton Phillips, the Lockington Club President took me on a tour of their facilities; and he is justifiably proud of the Club's members and their achievements. As we had to leave Lockington by 1 pm to get Brian Scott, the Tasmanian Representative, to catch his flight home, our time to peruse the Rally compounds was limited to a quick walk around. However, what we did see was very pleasing and judging by the spectator numbers, very popular. Summing up; for a small town with a populat ion of only about 400, they undoubtedly have a fantastic community spirit and should be commended for this, and in addition to this, they should be an inspiration to other Clubs.

    Both days were fine and sunny, albeit a bit cool for those of us from the warmer states; however there was plenty of delicious home cooked meals available to keep us warm and full, aptly cooked by the Ladies and served with the help of their Junior members.

    The following is an extract from a memo sent by NHMA Secretary Ken Bock to NHMA Committee members following the Lockington weekend.

    "The AGM at Lockington was the best-attended by member clubs for the in-between year that I have seen in ten years of being Secretary". The vibes around the Lockington Rally Grounds were very positive - great to see so many member clubs in attendance - good to see some positive issues being addressed - nice to know what the affiliation & insurance will cost this coming year - good to know so early (before our club's AGM) what the cost will be - the Q & A was good, we learnt a lot - these were some of the positive things that exhibitors were saying around the Lockington Rally Ground after lunch on Sunday! I thought the decision to hold the Committee Meeting and the AGM at that location was a good one. Thank you too to those who were able to attend, it was a busy weekend but I feel that the NHMA is now just a bit stronger having made some positive decisions".

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    Report by Julie Schoonderbeek.

    After a few early showers on Sunday it stayed overcast, windy and cold, but there was still a good turnout of exhibitors and general public. The event was well signposted which made the site easy to find.

    There were around 30 trade stalls; most dealing with horse related items, including Harness and Wagons. There was also a mechanical Bull ride, calves and a miniature horse for the public to pat.

    Tractors were on display also. Some of these were TE Fergusons, Case, Fordson Majors and Fordson Dexter, Minneapolis Moline, McCormick Deering, Field Marshal, an Oliver Standard 80 and an Oliver Crawler.

    There was a tractor pull on the Sunday as well as the static display.

    There were also some vintage engines; which included a 2hp horizontal Buzacott, TA Cooper driving a pump, and International Titan, KE Cooper shearing plant, a Wolseley and a Mogul, plus a Buffalo Pitts Thrasher.

    Army Vehicles were also on display - Jeeps, Chev and Ford Trucks and a Bren Gun Carrier were amongst what was there to see.

    There was also a team of 8 Bullocks being driven around.

    The time for the record attempt was originally set at 11.30 am. This was put back to 12 noon as there was still cars as far as you could see down the road trying to enter. By noon all the cars were parked and the public was assembled ready to witness this unusual record attempt. The reported count for attendance numbers was over 3000 cars, approximately 6000 people.

    28 Horses were assembled for the record. Standing patiently while the National Anthem was sang to the playing of Bagpipes.

    The official ploughing was over in just over 1 minute but the horses kept going to give the crowd a great demonstration of horse handling and how farming was done in the early days. Teams came from as far as WA and SA.

    The highest horse on the day was 18hh (hands high, each hand is equivalent to 4 inches) 6 feet or 180cm; the heaviest was 875kg.

    There was a Vet on hand, who gave a demonstration of teeth Dentistry (Floating).

    Other things for the crowd to look at were old water tanks, silt scoops, and a demonstration of how Horse Works operate. There was a horse drawn wagon giving rides, plus music & singing.

    A very different event bringing a wide variety of people together.

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    Report by WA State Rep Ralph Thomas.
    Photographs by John Victor and the Oily Rag.

    Most of the NHMA Executive and Committee members travelled to Launceston, Tasmania, for its general meeting on the weekend of the 23rd and 24th of November.

    Cold wet and windy weather was the greeting for my first ever trip to the Apple Isle, and as we had been having record hot weather in Perth I found this a little different.

    Fellow Committee member Graham Hein from SA, was on the same flight as myself and joined me on the shuttle bus to be dropped at the Olde Tudor Motor Inn. Upon arrival we were informed by reception staff that Launceston had been hit by a deluge of rain that morning and the forecourt and Bottle shop had been under water. Several of the Motel units had also suffered from flooding, although my unit was not too bad, with only the bathroom flooded and some carpet showing signs of water ingress. The only happy person around was the local carpet cleaner as he was on a call out fee with lots of promised work for the evening.

    Graham and I made our way to the bar after settling in, for a pre-dinner drink and to sample the local brew of Boag draft which was given the thumbs up from both of us. We met up with Kevin Lord who joined us for dinner, and found the meals reasonably priced and very enjoyable. The Motel's problems continued, as during breakfast there was a power failure, caused no doubt by the wet weather. We finished breakfast by candlelight, which was not at all romantic for three NHMA Representatives.

    Those who had not arrived on Friday, turned up Saturday morning and we all assembled in the conference room and got down to business. I was made aware that several others were also experiencing their first trip to Tasmania. For our Treasurer Julie Schoonderbeek, it was a bit special, as it was not only her birthday but also the first time she had flown; husband Rob will now very likely accumulate frequent flyer points.

    President Alan Shepherd welcomed us all, with a special welcome to the 2015 National Rally Committee. Secretary Ken Bock read the minutes of the previous meeting, which was followed by the Treasurer's report, read by Julie Schoonderbeek. After completing the business relating to the minutes we moved on to the important part and the main reason for holding the meeting in Tasmania, giving the floor to the Rally representatives. At this point of time we again had another power failure, we trust this was not an omen!!

    Lots of discussion ensued from around the table, covering the many topics relating to the successful running of a National Rally. It certainly would seem that they have a good handle on all the important issues, plus they have the advantage of having members who have had experience with past rallies. With the enthusiasm I observed from their committee, their intention to ensure all who attend will be well satisfied with the Rally arrangements. The NHMA Committee applauded their plans and assured them that they would get all the support possible and any help that may be required should it be requested.

    Business then turned to the lively topic of Health and Safety, which followed on from the OH&S Workshop conducted by Lance Mason, OHS Consultant, and held in Bendigo in July. It is the intention of the NHMA Committee to keep abreast of OH&S issues to ensure you, the members, can pursue your hobby in the safest possible way. To do this we have to constantly be aware of changes that affect the way we do things and satisfy our insurers that all risks are assessed and minimised. You will be kept informed of developments that the Committee thinks will help your Club be safer for all concerned.

    The meeting closed about 6 pm and we all met for pre-dinner drinks in the bar, where a more relaxed atmosphere allowed us to discuss some lighter topics. This continued in the dining room over a lovely meal of one's choice, from a well varied menu. Most of us retired early as we were instructed to be up for breakfast by 8 am, as our job was not yet finished. One of Tasmania's NHMA Reps, Graeme Bellette, had kindly acquired a small coach to transport us the 20 kilometres out to Quercus Park, where the Rally is to be held. This was the same venue used when the last National Rally was held there in March 2001, which to the best of my knowledge, was a very successful venue and I see no reason this would be any different. As this Park is used on a regular basis for this type of event all avenues have been well catered for. Some productive discussion took place on the event, but again all things seem to be in hand. After some group photos were taken, we said our goodbyes and went our different ways.

    Some of the contingent had to get the 1 pm plane, so Graeme headed for the Airport, although we had time to visit a local market on the way, where one or two picked up bargains in the antique section. Three of us, Alan Shepherd, Graham Hein and myself were not flying out until 5pm, so we had some time to kill. Graeme, who lives in Hobart, very kindly offered to give us a tour of Launceston and its surrounds. As he is in the business of driving tour buses we knew we were in good hands, and having a sound knowledge of the history of the place, we could not have had a better guide; we even went to places his wife Margaret had not seen, and we were delivered back to the airport in good time to get our flight back to Melbourne.

    All in all, I think those who attended would agree it was a very successful weekend. Bringing Committee members from across Australia is not a task to be taken lightly, and I must commend the efforts of President Alan Shepherd, Secretary Ken Bock, Vice President Rob Schoonderbeek, and Treasurer Julie Schoonderbeek, for their part in organising and having paperwork in order, which was a great help in getting on with the business.

    To the two Tasmanian Reps Graeme Bellette and Brian Scott, whose efforts must not go unnoticed, we thank you. Grateful thanks also to the members of the 2015 Rally Committee for their hospitality and cooperation; we look forward to sharing a successful 2015 Rally with you.

    For those of you reading this article, as members of many clubs across Australia, may you have a better understanding of the NHMA Committee that you elected, and know they are very dedicated to the betterment of your hobby. You may be aware that we the Committee Members, get some financial assistance to attend these Committee meetings, but I can assure you that we do not escape personal expense either. Many of our Committee spend countless hours working only for the reward of knowing they have contributed to the success of our organisation.

    In closing, for those of you who intend heading across the Tasman in 2015, it would be of great benefit to the organisers to receive your bookings early, and this will also avoid the disappointment of not getting what you want. I can recommend the Olde Tudor Motor Inn, to those of you who require Motel bookings, and it is an easy drive to the Rally ground.

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    Record Price for the sale of a Tractor in W.A, possibly Australia by Ralph Thomas,
    WA NHMA Representative.

    At the late Norm Bates Auction in Welbungin, Western Australia, on 17th October, a Benz Sendling Tractor sold for $102,000.00.
    Bidding started at $60,000 and soon reached the record price at the fall of the hammer.

    Mr. Norm Bates was a well-known identity and collector in Western Australia and lived on his property at Welbungin, approximately 300km NE of Perth.
    A more detailed report will follow shortly.

    A rare Chamberlain 40K Prototype, only two of which were produced, was sold for $40,000.
    This has now gone to the locality of Williams, approximately 300km S of Perth.


    SHOW REPORT By Ralph and Wendy Thomas.

    The display by the MPC at this year's Canning Show was an excellent one, with a wide range of different exhibits; from Stewart Macpherson's Shearing Display, to Victor James' always popular working Drag Saw.

    We added a touch of Fairground Music to our Steam Display this year, and this encouraged a bit of community singing amongst members as they walked past.
    Other displays included Hand Tools by Bob Wallis, Shearing Plant by Les and Diane, engines by George C, George and Kerry, Les and Rene, Ross and Colleen, John and Tina and Steve, plus Jack with his Hot Air engine.

    David Pether and Keith Chappell attended on the Friday night, but could not make the Saturday. Attendance on Saturday was excellent, with a total of over 20 members and 60 meters of exhibits. This in turn bought many compliments from the Canning Agricultural Society Committee members, who were extremely pleased with the great display, which enhanced their 2013 show. Their Committee have plans for big changes to the site, which include relocating the Greyhound Track, and these may affect future Canning Shows in the short term.

    As per usual, Wendy and I did the 2 night security, and had no trouble except for the fence blowing over during Saturday night.

    BBQs were used by members on both nights, and we finished up on Sunday morning with a communal BBQ breakfast. Thanks go to John and Tina, Stewart, Les and Diane and Ross and Colleen, for providing most of the provisions.

    A vote of thanks must also go to Victor James, who had to make two trips to Midland to collect and return the trailer.

    According to comments made by those present, it was one of the best shows for some time, with the added advantage of a great social atmosphere, which must be seen as great value to the MPC.

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    NORM BATES AUCTION - Welbungin.

    Report and Photographs By Ralph Thomas.

    On one of our Easter trips a good number of years ago, a group of members from the MPC were invited through Frank Waters, to visit the property of Norm Bates. Norm was a well-known identity throughout the vintage machinery movement and had a great collection for us to view.

    Sadly, Norm recently passed away after suffering bad health for some time.
    Anyone passing through many of the Northern wheat-belt towns will see many legacies, which will ensure the name of Norm Bates will live on for a very long time.

    Wendy and I attended the auction held on the property on the 17th October. We booked into the Bencubbin Caravan Park, which is conveniently a short distance from the Welbungin Bates Property. Arriving on site early to get a good parking spot we found a line of assorted vehicles, comprised of trucks, cars and utes; some with trailers attached ready to take home the bargains they hoped to purchase. I am sure the area has never had such an invasion of outsiders as that day.

    Over a thousand bidders registered and they would have been only a third of the crowd, in my estimation. Naturally there were lots of people known to each other and a lot of time spent shaking hands with old friends and acquaintances, and wondering if they would be bidding against you when trying to acquire your bargain.

    All the items were well laid out in the usual rows, with two covered sheds containing the smaller collectable items. There was adequate time for all to peruse the lots, providing you kept on the move and not stop to chat with friends.

    The auction, by Landmark, which comprised of a good team of Auctioneers, got off to a flying start; with a mine kibble fetching close on $200. I made the second bid of $60 but was quickly left behind. This set the trend and most things made high prices, a lot of which were not of high quality. To become noticed as a bidder you had to push in close to the Auctioneer, not easy with the huge crowd milling around, and all wanting to see the action. There was a PA system provided and this helped identify what lot was under the hammer, if you were on the fringes of the crowd. The local services club took care of parking, security and catering; and this would have been a big boost for the finances of the community. I am sure they are grateful to the Bates Family for this opportunity; although it was a win-win situation for both parties.

    At three o'clock it was time for the highlight of the day, with the collection of tractors being auctioned. Three pm was to correspond with internet and phone bidders, some from the Eastern states and Overseas. All of the tractors made good prices, with the exception of the Emerson Brangindham, which was passed in at $15.000. Highest price of the day was, as expected, $102,000 paid for the Benz Sendling. This made what I would think a WA and maybe an Australian record. The second highest price of the day was for the Chamberlain 40K Protoype, which went to Kevin Martin from Williams for $40.000. Kevin and his wife were camped next to us in the caravan park and he told me he came to the auction with the express intention of taking this tractor home, so he was naturally very pleased with his acquisition. This he said would be a great addition to his collection of tractors, particularly the Chamberlains.

    Not much went at bargain prices however; I think I got one of the few, when I purchased five acre meters for $10.00, the other went to member Dan Houston who bought the Land Rover for $20.00. It cost him another $20.00 to have it lifted onto his trailer. This fee again went to the local community. There was no buyer's premium added to the sale price, which is a rare thing these days and was applauded by buyers.

    We left about five pm and there were still quite a number of lots to go in the collectables shed. I think it was close on six pm before the final hammer fell.

    This meant one man's huge effort and dedication to the historic past has now been split up and hopefully will grace other collections. I think all the purchasers should remember that they can thank Norm Bates for rescuing and caring for their purchases until this time, and now it is their turn to look after them and protect our very important historical past.

    Following is a selection of prices for other gear sold on the day.

    Lanz Bulldog Model P $15.000; HSCS Steel Horse $22.000; KL Bulldog $18.500; Hart-Parr with Gas Producer $20.500; Mc Donald Imperial $11.500; Rider Ericson Hot Air Engine $8.000; 2 Ton Holt $6.500; Fordson Bell City Crawler $16.500; Munktells $12.000; Caterpillar 15 Crawler $16.700; Sunshine Engine $900; McDonald Lighting Plant $400; Blackstone 22hp Engine $2700; Hay Rake $525; Chaff Cutter $500; Pony Works $2000; Sunshine Grister $500; Dam Scoop $750; 2nd Caravan Licenced in WA. $1900; Stuart Sheep Shearing Machine $1100; Shaft Co Sheep Shearing Machine $2000; Scythe $175; Horse Hobbles $350; Singer 6 Drawer Sewing Machine $450; Kununoppin Operating Table $160; Jones Electric Sewing Machine $2000; Wooden Trike - hand made for the family in 1935 $450; Federal Republic Truck $15000

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    Waroona Vintage Rally/Show 2013

    SHOW REPORT by Neil and Sandra Twaddle.

    The Rally was a huge success with over 4000 visitors on the day coming from as far as NSW. We have received many phone calls post Rally, with each reflection of the day being very positive.

    The formalities of the day begun with the Indigenous blessing of the Land and greeting for everyone attending, the “thank you sponsors speech”, some country and western singing and the playing of the Brass Band.
    We had many vintage machines on display at this year’s Rally comprising of an awesome array of vintage stationery-diesel-steam and petrol engines, an immaculate display of vintage chainsaws, a great selection of vintage motorcycles, a large variety of vintage cars and a fantastic display of vintage tractors with owners doing a victory lap of the oval that was enjoyed by all watching and a very interesting wood machinist who kept many interested during the day.

    The sheds housed great displays of vintage sewing machines, wool weavers, wood turning, toys, steam engines, rabbit traps and many antique tools.

    The Memorial Hall -supper room held a large display of antiques.

    The ladies in the large front hall were kept busy displaying their sewing and explaining their crafty talents to the many interested visitors.

    On organising this event, Importance was put into ensuring that a good selection of food and beverages would be available for our visitors to choose from on the day.

    A lot of time and effort went into contacting stall holders that could show case products that may interest both men and woman. On speaking too many of the stall holders, their sales were up and they were ready to book their spot for next year’s Rally.

    Our Rally also catered for Children in the way of having available free rides on the Lions club train; free face painting and free bouncy castle jumping.


    The Rally would not be possible without the support of our sponsors and the support of our helpers who contributed to making this Rally what it was.

    We are so glad you enjoyed the day and look forward to your continued support at the next Vintage Machinery Rally.

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    Mudgee Rally 2013

    MPC Members standing in front of the Trusty engine at Mudgee
    SHOW REPORT by Ralph and Wendy Thomas.

    Taking the Trusty to Mudgee was certainly a worthwhile effort, and it ran perfectly for three days, under the watchful eye of George Chappell and his two sons, Keith and Ian.

    The engine was a huge drawcard for the MPC and will be featured in the 14th National Rally DVD. This venture has been great in promoting the MPC in the restoration of historic engines.

    Already we have been asked to display it at the next NHMA Rally in Tasmania.

    Murray Stokes: Baler Weekend

    Story & Photos: Ken Bock

    Meet Victoria's Baler Man!!
    On Saturday the 9th & Sunday 10th March 2013, a group of heritage baler enthusiasts converged on Goorambat, a small town about twenty kms north- west of Benalla, Victoria.

    In the corner of a stubble paddock, forty heritage balers were lined up; some in their working clothes, others carefully restored; twenty-four of these were owned by the host of the day, Murray Stokes.

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    Briagolong Tractor Pull Report

    A great 2 days of pulling. Hooking up the Sled 150 times each day, 300 pulls in all.

    A great variety of Tractors pulling amongst the gum trees, with plenty of other attractions.

    Maffra Shed Vintage Cars; Trafalgar Vintage Truck Club; Heyfield Steamers; Glenmaggie Speed Boat Club and Stationary Engines.

    A great weekend raising money for Local Charities

    Neerim Agricultural Show Report

    A Tractor Pull for the 1st time. Vinnie from the Korumburra Club; along with a few others, ran the day smoothly.

    About 40 Tractors pulling on the day. Daisy’s Garden Supplies turned up with 2 truckloads of German Machines - 3 Bullies, 1 Hanomag and a Deutz; a pretty impressive sight heading up the Highway.

    The Reeves Boys also rolled in with the smart looking Super 70 and 90 on board and pulled well.

    Heritage Opening,
    Burdekin, Queensland.

    Member for Burdekin, Mrs R Menkens, with Alf Shand [second from right] at the shed opening.
    (taken from a newspaper report on November 14 in "The Advocate" by Alycia Park)

    Local history was made at the Brandon Historical Precinct on Sunday, as the Burdekin Machinery Preservationists Inc hosted the official opening of their recently-built blacksmiths shop and Fielding Engine shed named in honour of Club treasurer, Alf Shand.

    The event saw blacksmith Noel Giles from Mackay turn out to give residents a demonstration in creating objects from wrought iron using a hammer followed by a ceremony performed by the Member for Burdekin, Rosemary Menkens, to officially unveil the Alf Shand Blacksmiths Shop.

    The Club was also successful in putting five Fielding engines on display for the day, with the oldest dating back to 1899. Mr Shand said it was very rare "to have five on display". Having remained as treasurer since the club's inception in 1984, Mr Shand was successful in obtaining a $22,000 grant from the Queensland government for the project.

    The Burdekin Shire Council also contributed around $50,000 in funding for the club's tractor, including an additional grant of $2400 to assist the club in getting the motor working. Kalamla Mill also donated an old power hammer, guillotine and forge equipment, to be housed at the shop.

    The project, which started in February this year and finished on October 22, took about 1230 hours of labour. Proud to officially open the Blacksmith Shop and Fielding Shed, Mrs Menkens described Mr Shand as a quiet achiever, who does not seek recognition.

    "When it comes to engineers, I am told there is not much Alf Shand does not know…he has dedicated many long hours to this club and indeed to many other clubs in the Burdekin and I can assure you he is a regular visitor to my office, saying 'now, we need a grant for such and such'. He works extremely hard on them, but you can see the success of it," she said. "It now gives me great pleasure in declaring the Alf Shand Blacksmith Shop and Fielding Engine Shed officially open."

    Goldfields Rally 2012,
    Dunolly, Victoria.

    On the weekend of October 6th & 7th the Central Goldfields Historic Machinery Society Inc. held their Annual Vintage Machinery Rally and Tractor Pull at the Clubs grounds, the Old Race Course, Dunolly Vic.

    Although the weather was a little damp on the Saturday, Sunday turned out fine bringing along 40 tractors for the pull and also some on display.
    These included John Deere 830,Chamberlain Super 70, International Super WD9, P & N Model Bulldogs, Nuffield M4 and the ever reliable Fordsons with a couple of International Crawlers. These along with a couple of headers and a binder made an interesting display. A number of vintage cars and trucks were also on show.

    The engine numbers were down, due to the weather, with only about 60 on show including the secretary's new toy, a 6hp stationary Austral, a local Dunolly engine since 1921; a number of engines from the Port Philip club including Guy Hyde's Blackstone; an interesting display by Glen Olsson of Carisbrook was a completely disassembled 4hp Austral awaiting assembly, two of our members had a display of chain saws and tyre vulcanizing clamps, something different. Also the ladies had a display, making lavender bags using the old hand operated sewing machines keeping the younger ones interested.

    Saturday night 62 exhibitors sat down for the evening meal, 3 courses to warm the heart was well accepted; special guest Ken Bock Secretary of the NHMA said a few words on the NHMA over the past 2Syears and where it is heading in the future. This was then followed by a warm around the bonfire.

    A big attraction this year was the working horses put together by Bruce Hill from Clunes & Brian Randle from Deniliquin under the watchful eye of Morrie Oxley (the horse whisperer from Raywood). First thing on the Friday they set up a five abreast team on the clubs 7 furrow plough, first time these horses had been together with only one having been broken in a couple of months earlier it's no wonder they are called the gentle giants, well behaved in their new role, later four were put on the club's grader, it's been a long time since the grader had seen horses coupled up to it (70yrs) and the driver even put the blade down to show how it is done, but the real show was the wagon a 5 ton hay wagon built in 1934 by W. J. Knight of Bendigo for W.E. Oxley of Raywood now owned by M. & J. E. Oxley; the wagons last trip to the Raywood silo was in 1949. Sixty bags of wheat [5 ton] per load. It also took many loads of chaff to the mill in Bendigo 20 miles each way, pulled by five horses starting early in the m orning a nd not returning until after dark. Then in the 1960's used on the farm by three horses to cart hay to the stack, and last used in 1997 pulled by a tractor to the hay stack. The wagon was stored in a shed until 2012 when painted by M. Oxley. This display was made possible by Bruce Hill, Brian Randle & friends of the Oxley family under the guidance of Morrie Oxley.

    With a good public attendance and exhibitor support this rally is gaining prominence and growing each year so remember the first weekend in October each year Dunolly. Below are some photos of the action:

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    Henty & District Antique Farm Machinery Club Inc.
    Report on display at the Henty Field Days 2012

    The third week in September each year heralds the start of the Henty Machinery Field Days, with millions of dollars worth of new machinery and stuff on display. The public come along in their thousands to drool over the goodies, some putting equipment on the wish list, others making purchases of the machinery that is needed to keep the farm up to date.
    Although new machinery is the main attraction, the antique machines of yesteryear are not forgotten.
    The Henty & District Antique Farm Machinery Club Inc. invite restorers from near and far to come along to enhance the vintage theme that is chosen for the year.

    This year the chosen theme was 'Lanz Bulldog Tractors' being the 100th year since this old faithful was first manufactured. The Bulldog had a great reputation; being able to be run on the cheapest of fuels, crude oil, making them cheap to run and having enormous lugging power. When the governors opened up, the smoke would pour from the exhaust, the noise became thunderous and the thump of the engine could be felt on your chest!

    These were the 'good old days' old timers say time & time again, but the modern lad just sits back and smiles thinking of his air conditioned cab with the radio and stereo blaring at full volume!

    The Henty Club's display this year attracted many models of this famous tractor. An interested photographer captured the scene beautifully and below you can now enjoy the display as seen through the lens:

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    24th & 25th November 2012

    The Fordson Tractor Club of Australia held their Weekend Gathering of Members at Mandurang in central Victoria on 24th & 25th November 2012. Saturday afternoon, members, partners and friends began to gather at the local Mandurang Hall, where there was an excellent display of Fordson collectables, brochures, posters, etc. Display cases housed a collection of Fordson, Perkins, Ebro, County, and other badges, Identification Plates from tractors and samples of Fordson Playing Cards, Pens, Pencils and Post Cards.
    Several large colored posters featuring early Fordson tractors were displayed on the walls.

    As everyone arrived, they were greeted by other members and new members were made welcome. We had four special guests from the UK attend our Gathering, Nick and Phil Battelle from 'Old 20 Parts Company' and Ann and Brian Dye from 'Fordson Tractor Pages'. After the evening meal, Nick & Phil presented a Film Show featuring original Ford Motor Company promotional films from the 1950's onwards. These were very interesting to watch.

    Sunday morning, everyone arrived back at the Mandurang Hall for a final look at the Collection. After a 10.30am Morning Tea, the Club's General Meeting was held. This was followed by lunch. Then it was time to move on to Dawn & Barry Milsom's for an afternoon of Fordson tractors. There were 38 tractors on show. The highlight of the display was an excellent restored 1957 Fordson New Major (E1ADDN) Tricycle Tractor. These are a very rare tractor and created a lot of interest.

    As the afternoon weather began to heat up, the ladies gathered under the gum trees and chatted, whilst the men checked out all the tractors. Afternoon Tea was served, before some Members had to leave and travel home.

    Tractors on display included:-
    • Fordson Detroit x 2.
    • Fordson Cork N x 1.
    • Fordson Blue N x 1.
    • Fordson Orange N x 1.
    • Fordson Green N x 1.
    • Fordson E27N with Front Mounted Saw Bench x 2.
    • Fordson Super Major with Front Mounted Saw Bench x 1.
    • Fordson Super Major with Front Mounted Blade x 1.
    • Fordson New Major Kero with Front Mounted Blade x 1
    • Fordson E27N with Maidrite Conversion x 1.
    • Fordson E27N Petrol/Kero x 8.
    • Fordson E27N Petrol/Kero Rowcrop x 1.
    • Fordson E27N Petrol/Kero with Mid Mounted Disc Plough x 1.
    • Fordson E27N Petrol/Kero Industrial x 1.
    • Fordson E27N Petrol/Kero Half Track x 1.
    • Fordson E27N Perkins P6 x 3.
    • Fordson New Major Tricycle x 1
    • Fordson New Major Kero x 1
    • Fordson New Major Kero Row crop x 1.
    • Fordson Super Major x 1
    • Fordson Power Major x 1
    • Fordson Farm Major with Slasher x 1
    • Fordson Farm Major with Fork Lift x 1
    • Ford 2000 Petrol x 1.
    • Ferguson Kero x 1
    • Ramsome MG6 x 2.

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    Wedderburn - The 22nd Annual Engine Rally 2012
    8th & 9th September 2012

    The 22nd Annual Engine Rally of the Wedderburn Historical Engine and Machinery Society was one of the most successful for some time, and made more enjoyable by the fact that this year, unlike 16 of the previous 22, it did not rain!

    The weekend began with cold winds, but on Saturday the sun came out, and Sunday was almost warm, with plenty of sunshine and less wind.
    The event drew exhibitors and spectators from many different areas, and all were lavish in their praise. Exhibitors displayed approximately 25 tractors, 250 engines, 10 trucks and 14 collector cars.
    A particular feature was the display of 11 tractors from the Ferguson Tractor Club, some of which came from as far away as Swan Hill!

    The McLaren demonstration also attracted a lot of interest; one of the members of the Bendigo Model Engineers told us that he was confident that this engine was one on which he had worked and fully reconditioned some 45 years ago. He said that it had been a marine engine purchased by the State Rivers and Water Supply Commission, which was how he had become involved. He was also able to provide information which assisted with easier starting of the engine.

    The re-creation of our shearing shed drew plenty of attention - and please note that this is an ongoing project, and we are hoping for a donation of second-hand pine flooring boards. Also attracting attention was our Club project, the restoration of the 1938 Ruston Hornsby engine, which formerly provided Wedderburn with electricity between 1938 and 1953, after which the SEC took over supply.

    Other popular exhibits included:
    • A very interesting display of model engines by the Bendigo Model Engineers, in the Mens Shed. The intricate work required to create these miniatures is intriguing.
    • A working drag saw, and axe-handle making
    • Chaff cutting display
    • Market stalls which all reported good patronage

    On Friday night, the wind was too strong to light the bonfire, so we erred on the side of safety; however on Saturday it was lit, and gave off plenty of warmth to counter the cold breeze.

    On the catering side, the Club ladies kept the inner man content, providing BBQs, pies, pasties, pancakes and plenty of home-cooked fare. 170 exhibitors sat down to the Saturday night meal provided free of charge by the Club. Thanks again, Ladies!

    The competitions were won by 6 very happy people, all present to collect their prizes.

    The Wedderburn Engine Club is very appreciative of the support of the Wedderburn and district community, which allowed us to organise and present another successful rally - perhaps one of the best!

    As our rally is always held on the second weekend of September, please keep that weekend clear for next year (the 7th and 8th of September).

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    Annual Steamer's Day,
    and Dedication of 'Bert',
    The Clayton & Shuttleworth Traction Engine.

    Article by Ralph Thomas

    The long awaited day was finally here; it was now time for 'Bert' to be introduced to the public, and what a day it was! After several years of hard work; peppered with many frustrations, caused by minor set backs and long waiting times for jobs being done at 'mates rates' to reduce costs, the dedicated 'Steam Team', lead by Club President Peter Dymond, did not falter; instead finding ways to overcome problems, and continuously making headway in their quest to complete the task.
    Lots of planning had also gone into the Steamer's Day to ensure that 'Bert' was presented to all in the best possible way, and a Steamer's Breakfast was seen as a fitting start to the day. With the 'Barbeque Brigade' busy cooking from early morning, the visitors were soon filing in to partake of a hearty meal of bacon, sausages, eggs, hash-browns, baked beans and toast, followed by tea or coffee. After the meal our visitors were treated to a vast array of working vintage machinery, historic static displays, and 'Sunday Trading' sales tables, which offered a great range of second hand vintage equipment. This was all spread throughout the club's newly extended area at the Workshops.

    At the far end of the display, 'Bert', looking very much the guest of honor in his splendid new livery, and gleaming illuminated brass work, had been puffing away contentedly since early morning, even pushing extra steam into 'Cousin Jenny', the Ruston and Hornsby steam engine.

    Many dignitaries and special guests had been invited to witness this long awaited occasion and to be made aware of how the very generous grant from Lotterywest, plus help from several corporate bodies, had been extremely well used. The official dedication went off very smoothly, with speeches kept to a minimum and to the point.

    As MC for the day I introduced President Peter Dymond, who spoke about the restoration of 'Bert' and what it meant to the MPC; being in the position to respect our early settlers, to restore and save examples of the rich West Australian Heritage they created.

    Life member Bert Tyler, after whom the Traction Engine has been named, then told the story of how the MPC acquired the Clayton and Shuttleworth and its early days of restoration.

    I next introduced Bob Wallis, who spoke about the future of the MPC and what we can contribute to the Midland area, stressing we would need support to achieve this goal.

    Finally Peter finished off the proceedings with the dedication and officially named the Traction Engine, 'Bert' (did I detect a lump in Peter's throat?) This was received by all present with three rousing cheers and a very long blast of 'Bert's' steam whistle.

    Morning tea was then served to the Special Guests in our new Tea Room, which included several MPC members who had assisted in the restoration project.

    Whilst 'Bert' and the 'Steam Team' were the stars of the day; we cannot discount the efforts of other members, in making the day the success it was. To all of those we extend a big vote of thanks for their massive input.

    A special vote of thanks must go to the Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority, formerly Midland Redevelopment Authority, for their on-going assistance and support for our Steamer's Day.

    We were also well supported by the local press, The Midland Reporter and The Hills Gazette; with articles and photos promoting the day, which we are sure helped in bringing in the locals for an early Sunday morning breakfast, with entertainment included.

    We had visitors from several other clubs, including The Old Machinery Club of WA; The Hugh Manning Museum; The Tractor Club of WA, and The Tractor and Vintage Machinery Club.

    Other clubs who participated in the day, include The Northern Suburbs Model Railway Club; The Toodyay Model Railway Club; The Historic Bicycle Club of WA; The Hand Tool Club of WA; plus several Vintage Vehicle clubs. It was great to get their support, a point worth remembering when they invite us to any of their events. I apologize here if I have missed anyone.

    The Club was well rewarded financially for the day and this will be well for further restoration projects and general club upkeep.

    For those of you wishing to see 'Bert' put through his paces, his next appearance will be at The Royal Show. This, to the best of my knowledge, will be the first time in the history of the Royal Show, that a Traction Engine has ever been driven around the arena.

    Click for complete photo gallery
    Photographs by Wendy Thomas

    Vintage Motor Cycle Club Visit
    22nd July, 2012.

    Report by Ralph and Wendy Thomas

    Click on the right to see gallery The Annual visit of the VMCC to the Midland Railway Workshops home of the MPC, was one again a great success.
    The MPC supplied the venue and tea and coffee, while the VMCC supplied the biscuits and BBQ lunch for all.

    The number of vintage motor bikes had increased since the last visit, and other members and visitors were very interested in looking at all the different exhibits.
    The MPC members ran a selection of their vintage engines and associated memorabilia for all to enjoy.

    The star of the MPC exhibits on the day would have to be the first public airing of Les and Diane Jones Ice-cream making machine - and it tasted good too!

    As usual, a fun day which was greatly enjoyed by all who attended.

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    Photographs by Wendy Thomas and Diane Jones.

    Mt. Alexander Vintage Engine Club Inc. [Vic.]
    Rally Report 2012

    Report by Graham Mason; Secretary MAVEC

    On the weekend of April 14/15th the quiet little town of Guildford came alive to the sound of stationary engines and tractors as the Mt. Alexander Vintage Engine Club's 16th annual Rally got under way.

    Click for larger image There were approximately 120 engines and about 24 tractors - some well restored & presented as this H V McKay Massey Harris; some still in their working clothes.

    There were a number of static displays including an impressive chainsaw collection, a good display of separators & milk bottles and a great display of shearing gear that included handpieces, combs, cutters, sheep ear tags and wool bale stencils.
    Along with all this there were a couple of drag saws, two swing saws and barrel mowers. For the ladies there were two displays of china knick knacks; although many ladies now share in their partner's exhibit. A rope maker, powered by a R & T engine was making rope, using poly baler twine; there was also a great display of axes.

    One unusual item was a model fruit grader, which is one of two, made for the Royal Melbourne and Sydney Royal Show Societies. Our President has owned this model for about ten years!

    The Mt. Alexander Vintage Engine Club take great pleasure in providing a free three-course meal to all exhibitors on the Saturday night, we are always grateful that the ladies of the club do the catering and they put on a great meal!!
    After the meal local artists, including some of our members put on a night of country music around a log fire. A good meal; some light entertainment around a log fire. What a way to relax & unwind!

    On the Sunday morning a group of tractors took part in a trek along bush roads through nearby farmland. We put on a grand parade and the public really enjoy watching the old machines moving along. There was a free jumping castle for the kids and refreshments could be bought on the grounds. Over the whole weekend the weather was perfect sunshine!

    As many of our exhibitors travel some distance to our rally, they are able to camp on ground and we have a brand new toilet/shower block for them to use. Feedback to our members has been good and we are already planning our 17th Rally for April 13/14th 2013, we hope to see you at Guildford.
    This is the weekend before the NHMA National Rally at Mudgee NSW.

    Graham Mason; Secretary MAVEC

    Click to see larger image General view of part of the rally grounds

    Click to see larger image McCormick International

    Click to see larger image Chamberlain Super Ninety

    Click to see larger image Rock Crusher powered by a Jelbart Tractor

    Lockington Living Heritage Complex Inc

    Rally Report, 21st & 22nd April 2012.

    Visitors and exhibitors quickly adapted to the sounds, smells and vibrations of elderly pistons moving up and down to a rhythm long forgotten by some, but quickly remembered by others at our District's Rally, 21 & 22 April.

    Click for larger image All were amazed by the support given by 400 visitors through the gate over the two days, coming to see some great history relived.

    The 215 registered exhibitors put on a thumping display of stationary engines, sparkling and lovingly restored tractors. These were complimented by some fine classic cars, restored trucks and motorcycles.

    There were many features at this year's display, such as the Bolans Ridgemaster garden tractor from Deniliquin, manufactured around 1947; a 1954 Austin Healy from Elmore and of course a 1946, 50hp Blackstone engine having its first run and creating great interest. It is hoped that this well presented engine can be shown at the 2013 NHMA National Rally at Mudgee!
    People came from Narromine, Sebastopol, Dunolly and Rosebud to put on a show, to laugh, catch up on old friends, and enjoy the fellowship on the Saturday night.

    Around 70 people set up camp at our 'Travellers Rest' and some preferred to camp under the stars.

    On Saturday night after a great meal, about 80 people stayed on to chat and then watch a DVD on the building of the Panama Canal over the period 1876 to 1913, then off to bed!

    People may have run out of fuel, put up with bindies in their tyres or thongs, blocked showers [but hot], but never ran out of enthusiasm for their coming. All meal times were well patronised, with 30 exhibitors fronting up for full breakfast on Sunday morning.

    Our Rally this year was one of the most successful with 1.5 Grand Parades [it 'rained on our parade' on Sunday], a relaxed atmosphere, scrumptious food and amazing displays of collectables.

    This 'Petrol/Kerosene' powered Fordson and the HSCS Crude Oil tractors were just two of the tractors on display.

    There were also a number of well restored John Deere tractors on display. These ranged from this 'J D 730' to a couple of J D crawlers down to some smaller models. In all, a great collection of this make of tractor!

    At least two new projects have been undertaken this past year [shop front painting & display extensions] for the benefit of visitors and exhibitors. Many jokes were told, many yarns extended to eager ears and plans made to find that missing part [I know a bloke who knows a bloke ……].

    To the Heritage Committee members who gave their all to put on this rally; to the Lions Members who always excel at whatever they do; to the many volunteers who came to help from near and far, we the community say thank you.

    The Lockington Living Heritage is open every Sunday from 1.00pm to 4.00pm or by appointment by ringing 04 2888 2215, you will be made most welcome.

    Contributed by the Secretary of the Lockington Living Heritage Complex Inc.

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