Steam Traction Engine
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RICHARD GARRETT & SONS Ltd \ LEISON WORKS
CLEAN OUT THE BOILER \ AFTER EVERY 100 WORKING \ HOURS
RICHARD GARRETT & SONS Ltd \ LBS \ 27788 180 1914 \ PER INCH \ LEISTON ENGLAND
CLARK & FAUSET \ AGENTS \ THE "GARRETT" TRACTION \ BRISBANE
The engine was imported to Australia in 1914 by the Brisbane machine agents Clark & Fauset. These agents sold it later that year to the Normanby Shire Council, Harrisville. The Council used the engine to power a rock crusher and to tow trailers of crushed rock to road building sites south of Ipswich. From the 1930s to the 60s, it was used by its various owners to drive sawmills, winch logs and clear land.
The Queensland Museum purchased the engine in 1979 from an owner in Crows Nest, NSW. With the help of the Army, the engine was transported back to Brisbane and restored. Its first public steaming after restoration was on 18 May 1982.