Beauford 3373,Victoria, Australia
I always look forward to reading your most interesting magazine. When I finish, it goes into circulation around the local steam enthusiasts. Since I have taken the magazine for the past two years, there has been no mention of steam, engines or threshers in Australia.
Our Society, formed about six years ago, to preserve a few of the old relics for future generations. We were sorry to see them being cut up by scrap iron buyers so started saving a few. Since then, there have been about fifty collected and most of them restored. We also have two threshers and quite a few tractors, plus some other implements.
The oldest relic I have is a one horse tread power, built by Wheelers in New York, U. S. A., 1858. The only steam engines built in U. S. A. around this area are Buffalo Pitts, Case, Birdsall and Kelly. Perhaps there are others that I have not heard of.
Most of the traction engines were English made and the Fowlers were the most popular. I think there were only four different makes of engines built in Australia and am enclosing pictures of two of them.
We hold two rallies every year, one in May and the other in November. Ours was the first to be held in Australia and although we are not in a thickly populated area, we have had a crowd of three thousand.