Bridgetown Heritage Day

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THE Bridgetown Heritage Day will be held on Sunday, March 25, at Russell’s Farm, six kilometres along Glentulloch Road, off the South West Highway (watch for the signs).

The event will run from 9am-4.30pm and entry is $10 for adults with children under 16 years old free.

Described as a great day out for the entire family, visitors can see working machines from the past.

The boys with their old tractors, bulldozers, and graders will show the true grit of these vintage icons.

Watch the old tractors and bulldozers working the ground, along with dam sinking, ploughing, haymaking, chaff cutting, stationary engines, scale model steam engines, drag saws, vintage cars, trucks, bikes and many more large and small old machines.

An additional attraction will be the Australian built, left-hand drive, Rhodes Ridley truck, the brainchild of mining-earthmoving entrepreneur Don Rhodes and his colleague Harold Ridley.

The truck was built in the 1950s and was the biggest of its kind in WA. It was built to cart 50 plus tonnes of manganese ore from the Woody Woody mine in the Pilbara to Port Hedland after World War II.

Due to bureaucratic problems the truck only worked in other areas and eventually fell into disrepair.

It was later restored by the Rhodes family and Bill McConnell, who strangely enough, had been an apprentice for the Rhodes at the time when it was built.

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This wonderful truck is still owned by the Rhodes family and will be taken to the show by mechanic Terry Joyce.

Children can make and keep their own rope, and there will also be beautiful leatherwork on sale, featuring bridle designs. 

The art of wheelwrighting will make a rare appearance along with many static displays and implements used in the past.

Take a leisurely horse and wagon ride around the Russell Family Farm.

There will be handmade cards, locally-written books, raffles and free activities for the children – a sandpit and bouncy castle.

Watch the heavy horses in action, the tractor pull and the grand parade or enjoy traditional “road kill stew”, billy tea and damper with lashings of local jam and honey.

Other food, drinks and icecream will be available.

The Tomorrow’s Vintage Show and Shine will be introduced, encouraging participation from people who have newer or unusual motors or exhibits they are proud of and want to display.

Register your interesting items from the past to be displayed by calling Gerald on 9761 1613 or 0428 611 617 or Ed on 9761 9055 or 0429 379 089.

To arrange a stall site, call Graeme on 0428 221 507.