August saw the museum commemorate the 135th anniversary of the first horse drawn trams commencing in Brisbane as mentioned in last month’s Echo. The event was held on the 8th August and was complete with tram displays, joy rides, and special events.
Although passenger numbers were understandably down compared to previous events, alot of fun was had by all! One of the highlights of the afternoon was a ‘tram- pulling’ demonstration (using the horse drawn tram) organised by local gym Ritual HQ on behalf of the museum. The team put in a magnificent effort, pulling one of the trams over a 50 metre track. They even managed to cut their time on each pull from 22 seconds, on the first pull, down to 17 seconds on the third. Councillor Steve Toomey is shown helping out on the third pull!
Another major event was the official opening of Ashgrove The Gap Rotary Club’s new storage shed, which is erected on the museum site. Member for Ryan Julian Simmonds MP and Councillor for The Gap Ward Steve Toomey were present along with President Mitch Koroloff. Rotarians later provided the sausage sizzle for the museum’s activities. The museum would like to extend a sincere thanks to Rotary for their support.
September marks another significant anniversary for the museum – the Commemoration of the Paddington Depot fire which occurred back in 1962. Brisbane lost 65 trams in that disaster.
The commemoration will take place on Monday 28th September and will be a late afternoon/evening event. For details closer to the date, please visit www.brisbanetramwaymuseum.org or the Facebook page www.facebook.com/brisbanetramwaymuseum
The 28th September also marks the start of Australian Men’s Shed Week. Ferny Grove Men’s Shed will play host to visitors from other sheds especially on the commemoration night.
The museum would like to thank Men of The Trees for their latest garden improvement. They have now reorganized three gardens at the museum which are all looking really appealing.
Brisbane Tramway Museum is proudly supported by Brisbane City Council.