Visit the Nambour Museum on 29 November when it discloses the answer to the question – “What happened to the Shay cane locomotive?”
President Clive Plater said all will be revealed at an open day at the museum at 18 Mitchell Street, from 9am-3pm, when the gleaming, newly preserved Shay will be presented to the public. An official unveiling will be performed by Sunshine Coast Mayor Mark Jamieson @ 10am.
“On this occasion, the museum will acknowledge its three-year partnership agreement with the Sunshine Coast Council to preserve the iconic loco,” museum president Clive Plater said.
The Sunshine Coast Council provided funds from the Heritage Levy while the Nambour Museum provided labour and project management, the Shay locomotive is a community asset owned by the Council.
As well as their other work at the museum, Mr Plater and three or four other equally dedicated volunteers spent the past three years on the Shay’s preservation.
“We have provided 1000s of hours towards the preservation” Mr Plater said. The work included making new parts, a full repaint and much tender loving care has been applied to make seized parts move again.
“Many people have wondered what happened to the Shay after the mill closed in 2003. Those interested in Nambour’s bygone sugar industry as well as visitors to the town speculated because they had remembered the Shay on display in various locations around the mill and its environs following its retirement in 1960.
“Before the Shay came to the museum it was in storage at the Railways Workshop Museum at Ipswich. When council accepted the museum’s proposal it was returned to be near its old stamping grounds, for preservation and display.
“Upon completion of the Shay’s preservation its history will be told on adjacent information boards.”
Admission to the open day is $4, refreshments available for purchase and a raffle will be drawn. Phone 5441 2083 for more information.
Nambour Museum Open Day
Nambour Museum, 18 Mitchell Street, Nambour
29th of November 2014
Admission to the open day is $4, refreshments available for purchase and a raffle will be drawn.
Phone 5441 2083 for more information
Nambour Museum, Nambour
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