13 June 2013

Melbourne Cup Discovers Australia's Pioneering Past

Historic Village Herberton will be home to the Emirates Melbourne Cup for one day when the prized 18-carat gold trophy visits on July 25 as part of a three-month journey around Australia and New Zealand in the lead up to this year’s big race. 

Herberton is one of only 34 towns to host the Emirates Melbourne Cup Tour this year, with the $175,000 cup to be displayed throughout the day at the Historic Village so locals and visitors can have their photo taken alongside the world’s most travelled sporting trophy. 

Owners Craig and Connie Kimberley said to celebrate the occasion the Village would host a free Community Cup Charity Day for people living on the Atherton Tablelands (identification required), with a gold coin donation on entry appreciated. 

All money raised will be given to the Atherton-Herberton Historic Railway Inc, which is run by a group of volunteers establishing a working historic train line in Herberton.

“There is noting people love more in Herberton than a good old fashioned celebration, add the Melbourne Cup and you have something truly special and life changing. The Melbourne Cup is one of Australia’s favourite sporting and cultural events and to have the Cup Tour visit Historic Village Herberton is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity,” he said.

“We all love the Melbourne Cup – the horses, the fashion and the excitement – and I’m sure locals, children and visitors on the Atherton Tablelands will make the most of the chance to have their photo taken with one of Australia’s true sporting icons.”

Craig said the Village would open in a field day format for the one-day event,with live music and experts demonstrating blacksmithing, printing and more.

However, he believed the real highlight would the be the start up of the Village’s iconic vehicles and machinery. 

“There will be working displays all day including the 1923 Harley Davidson, the extremely rare 1925 Indian motorcycle, and the 1935 John Deere Tractor.”

On top of this, the 1930s diesel powered Ruston Hornsby will also run along with the turn of the century stampers from the new tin mine, which is currently under construction, and the large steam engine from 1900.  

There will be cake stalls and sausage sizzles, run by local charities including the anglican Guild and the Lions Club, as well as free train rides and the Pioneer Camp serving fresh stew, damper and billy tea.

For more information visit the website www.herbertonhistoricvillage.com.au or find the Village on Facebook at www.facebook.com/herbertonhistoricvillage.

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