26 December 2013

Historic Trucks Add Fiery Start To Boxing Day Fun


Two fire trucks, more than 50 years old, are now proudly on display together at the Historic Village Herberton. 

Owners Craig and Connie Kimberley said the fire trucks were an exciting addition to the collection of antique cars and motor vehicles already on display at the Village. 

The first fire truck, a Dennis Fire Engine, arrived at the Village in September. Over the last few months, it has been restored and can now be seen next to the Chemist Shop. 

“During 1949, the ability of the Cairns Fire Brigade to quickly extinguish fires improved immediately after this Dennis Fire Engine was added to its fleet,” Craig said. 

“With the roads cleared by the twin-tone electric horn/siren, the experienced firefighters aboard this Dennis arrived at the scene with the facilities necessary to direct a high pressure stream of water at the seat of the blaze and begin containing the fire.”

The other fire truck is a little older than the Dennis, and is a 1927 AA Chevrolet 30cwt truck. 

“Little is known of its past, although someone said they thought it saw service in Mareeba. It has a rolling chassis imported from US, with most likely an Australian built cab and flat back,” Craig added.  

It has wooden spoked wheels in keeping with the style of the late twenties, is a four cylinder with an overhead valve, and it has an exposed pushrod engine of about 20 hp. The truck is fitted with a 100 gallon water tank.”

Craig said there were also a number of new attractions to be seen at the Village including the new Police and Aboriginal Exhibit, which opened last week, as well as two new extremely rare Sunlight Girls signs outside the grocer’s. 

“People can spend hours wondering through the Coach House, Day’s Garage, the old School House, new Chemist Shop and more, away from the elements.  

“Visitors are also able to see first hand some of the Village’s prized engines and machinery running daily throughout the school holidays including the 1923 Harley Davidson, 1935 John Deere Tractor and the 1927 Rushton Hornsby as well as small engines, some more than 100 years old,” he said. 


For more information visit www.historicvillageherberton.com.au


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Issued by Tanya Snelling, Strategic PR, 0417 202 663