Some years ago I attended the Echuca rally and encountered exhibits (around 20) presented by members of the Hazelman family - local to the area. Before the 2003 event Lorraine Hazelman got in touch with me and gave me some more details on these engines owned by her family. At the 2003 event I met Lorraine and Trev and of course, their monster Fowler Moses, I was looking forward to a ride on Moses, but things doing what things sometimes do this did not eventuate during the day - life is like that sometimes! This article comprises information sent to me by Lorraine, some gleaned from the 2003 rally program and my pictures from both the 1999 and 2003 events.
Built in 1920 by the John Fowler Company, Leeds, England.8hp single cylinder winching engine.1 of 6 imported by the Rural Water Commission for the construction of the Mulwala Irrigation System. Used also for snagging the Murray River to enable safe passage for paddle-steamers and for clearing agricultural land in the Finley area. Owned & Restored by Trevor Hazelman & Sons Of Tongala.Owner/Driver: Trevor HazelmanCo-driver: Lorraine HazelmanApprentices: Michael & Jesse Hazelman.
Built 1910 - 1915 by John Fowler Company, Leeds England.6 hp single cylinder engine.Last owned by the late Jack Hazelman of Tongala & used by him to saw domestic firewood for Tongala & surrounding districts. Blackie’s working life (as far as we know) Was in a sawmill in the Dandenongs & after that in Jack Hazelman’s yard. Restored & owned by Dudley Hazelman of Tongala.Driver Ashley Hazelman of Tongala
Built circa 1911 By Fodens, Sandbach, England.Owned and restored by Dudley Hazelman of Tongala. Originally an agriculture engine owned by Regal Brothers of Pyramid Hill.