Change of scenery for vintage machine society

THE Hobart Vintage Machinery Society has relocated its activities due to the redevelopment of the Hobart Showgrounds in Glenorchy.

The society was formed more than 35 years ago with the primary aim of preserving heritage and restoring vintage machinery.

“The machine of yesteryear is still very important, people like seeing the old machinery working and for a lot of them it reminds them of their earlier days,” Hobart Vintage Machinery Society president Phil Brooke said.

“We currently have 95 members and have a workday every Wednesday between 9am and 2pm where we work on various projects.”

Mr Brooke said the club had been forced to relocate its base from the Showground because of renovations.

“The club had its own building in the Showground complex which has been demolished and moved to a new site at Penna,” he said.

“This site has been secured on a long-term lease from the Sorell Council.

“It will be some time before the club moves there as there is a lot of planning work required.

“When we’ve been at the Showgrounds, we’ve only been able to work out of our shed, but with the move to Penna we’ll have more land so we intend to hold more open days where people can come along and see some of the old equipment.”

Mr Brooke said the society would be able to continue holding its activities at the Goat Pavilion at the Showgrounds in the meantime until the new site was ready for use.

“We’re currently doing up a 1932 Fargo Truck, which we’ll use as a water tanker when we go to Penna,” he said.

“We also own a massive tractor that we’ve done up to use – there’s plenty to keep people that come along active and everyone is having a good day.”

Caption: Club members Ray Willing, left, and Brian McDermott working on an ‘Old Fergy’ tractor.

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