The Lue General Store
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Don Hobbs, Preserving History
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John Wooldrick, My Mudgee beginnings
Local Character: Don Hobbs, At Home P.9
Once you step into Don’s world, you step into the times of yesteryear, and that story is told most excellently by his collection of relics he has souvenired over time.
Do you need a sulky part? Don has a collection of horse carriage and plough implements.
These parts have been collected one by one and sit on this log to save them from rusting into the ground.
Don scoops an old sulky luggage rack out of the collection. This is a very rare item and many a show buggy buff would appreciate the historic value of this seemingly old bit of steel. The luggage rack once bolted onto the back of the sulky shafts behind the seat.
This is a two horse scuffler, which breaks up the soil after ploughing. At right see a close up of the mechanism. It is still in working order.
Who can imagine what this four horse road plough was used for? This is a four horse road plough, used for making roads, but one man with a plough like this pulled by four horses could plough two to three acres of land per day.
Those same four horses hooked up to a stripper could assist one man to strip seven to eight acres of crop per day. One winnower was required for each three strippers and in 1875 operators were paid a penny a bushel.
The ingenuity of people in the olden days is amazing. If something is broken, it is now thrown out—it is fixed. And the way some things are fixed is amazing.
The handle of this old single furrow plough (right) has hexagonal handles made out of a muzzle loader barrel gun. Just the ingenious adaptability of old times.
And they had a tool for everything. This is a potato plough, the only one known to be still surviving .
It slides about a foot under the ground and lifts the potatoes out.
It was owned by Payne’s family who owned a butcher shop at Gladstone Street and lived at Putta Bucca.
Don often did work for them in return for old machinery.
This is a four horse sprung scarifier.
It is used to break up the ground as the final touch to level the ground out ready for sowing.
And this is a two row corn scuffler, for weeding between the rows of corn.
Don got this machine from Ernie Keech’s at Burrundulla.
Don’s horses are the last descendants of Ernie’s Clydesdales.
Don has kept a stock of old wheels and old machinery parts.
This is an old road scoop, or scraper.
And below, a variety of ploughs too good to be forgotten.
This is a light pony plough. Don took it to the Mudgee show about six years ago to give a demonstration. It came from Totness Valley, originally from Bathurst, and was used by Chinese gardeners at Bathurst during the gold rushes.
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