Roller returns

02 May, 2007

First test
First steam test at Scienceworks after restoration, 26 April 2007. Workshop Manager Des Lang is at the controls.
Image: Paula Collins
Source: Museum Victoria

The last steam road roller manufactured in Australia has been restored.

A team of Museum Victoria staff and volunteers carried out the restoration over 15 months at Scienceworks.

The roller originally left Cowley's Eureka Ironworks, Ballarat, in 1939. It now carries the paint scheme it wore during its long working life in Queensland as the Rockhampton City Council's No. 4 roller.

For the first time in 68 years this historic roller will return to the Ballarat region when Museum Victoria unveils its latest machinery restoration at the Lake Goldsmith Steam Rally on 5-6 May 2007. It will appear alongside Museum Victoria's unique 1916 Cowley Steam Traction Engine.

Afterwards, the old roller will begin a new career as part of the working machinery collection at Scienceworks, where it will be used to demonstrate steam power during Machines in Action days and other public events.

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