Sepia Saturday this week includes the word TRANSPORT for which The Oxford Dictionary says
That’s interesting. Does that mean if you were to deliver a parcel by horseback you are not transporting that parcel. It needs to be delivered in conjunction with a vehicle, aircraft or ship.
So I have looked at how my family have used horses for transport with the help of a WAGON.
The first photo is of my grandmother’s uncle, Bullocky Bob, ie Robert Telford (1871-1940) and his bullock wagon. He only had one eye as the result of an accident. You’ll notice his dog trotting along at the back of the wagon. There is no train line to Apollo Bay so everything came in by boat or bullock wagon.
It’s a very large wagon and we can’t see what he is carting as it has a cover over it. He lived at Apollo Bay and until 1930 the Electoral Rolls described him as a grazier. After that he and his wife were storekeepers at Duverney.
The next photo is probably early to mid 1920s on the Fricke dairy farm, Glen Avon, at Apollo Bay in south-western Victoria. The wagon is being used for a family outing, perhaps they are heading into town on market day.
It is not a very clear photo but you can see the back of the house and the pole for holding up the clothes line. From here the track to the road winds around the back of the house and down the small hill. This wagon has the front wheels smaller than the back wheels and I believe this is because the steering is controlled by the front wheels and these smaller wheels give a smaller turning circle. I think the wagon is being driven by the eldest daughter of the house, my Aunt Enid.
The wagon is also used for bringing in the hay. Here it is in the paddock at the front of the house and once again you can get a glimpse of the clothes line with its load of flapping washing.
I think it is my father, Charles Fricke Jr. who is helping with the hay when home for the holidays. This is possibly mid to late 1920s and the smaller head of the other person sitting on the wagon is possibly his younger brother Alan, born 1920.
Later there was to be a quite nice garden at the front of the house with bushes sculpted into shapes.
Another photo was taken in the front paddock that day but this time it is facing away from the house and across the valley, with Charles standing up and someone possibly tossing the hay up from the ground.
Other suggestions from this week’s Sepia Saturday image include coach rides, old transport, roof-racks, luggage, waiting, animated discussion, clowning, and cab drivers, so there will be plenty of variety waiting in the links on —–