Hawkesbury District Independent June 2017 #85 - Page 9

local life Preserving a piece of Australian history riverlands dental Looking for a great dentist? Here’s why you should call me now! A teenage Dulcie Hodge and an uncle aboard the sulky at Hill End circa 1916. by Greg Martin The late, great “Sitting” Pat Farrell, my first sports editor back in 1968 on the sadly demised Daily Mirror, taught me many things, one of which was not to make Jim Beam and Jack Daniels your best friends! Another was that our readers loved The superbly restored 129-year-old sulky with mighty mare May nostalgia. “People between the shafts. Tony Ingersole on the reins and Helen Tudor love thinking about “riding shot-gun”. the past when they believe life was better - they want to read was born in 1902 and lived to the ripe old about historic events, old sportsmen and age of 102! Well, cutting to the chase, the women, old racehorses,” he said. trio all chipped in and bought the sulky And old sulkies! So, this is a story from the bloke who confirmed it was the about a vintage - and fair dinkum vintage Hodge family sulky. - sulky which has been faithfully restored “It was in pretty ordinary condition by well-known local horseman, Tony so I sent it off to a horse-drawn vehicle Ingersole. renovator and he restored all the Restored as such that at last month’s steelwork and timber to as good as new,” Hawkesbury Show, Tony’s pride and joy Tony said. was awarded the blue riband for its class! Tony, a noted saddle and harness There’s a good yarn behind the sulky maker, has always “been into horses” and coming into Tony’s possession. began riding and driving neddies while The superbly-crafted hickory and Silky still at primary school. Oak sulky was purchased brand new back Around the time the Hodge family in 1888 by Tony’s great grandparents, sulky was purchased, Tony got into Frederick and Alice Hodge, who were endurance events for horse drawn vehicles graziers out at Hill End and operated a and down the years he and his horses horse-drawn transport business. have had plenty of success. The new sulky was the family’s “going For Tony, “plenty of success” equates out” vehicle and was their transport until to completing the course with both rider 1917 when Frederick and Alice replaced and horse in good health! horse power with horse-powered cars and “I didn’t want to use the old sulky for trucks. “The drays and wagons were sold those long runs so it was once again put off but my great grandparents opted not into a shed on our property at Kurrajong to offload the sulky and flung an old tarp where it remained until April last year over it and stashed in in a shed on the when I began to fully restore it with the property,” Tony explained. purpose of using it for pleasure drives. That’s where it remained until the “It was a tedious task polishing all the early 1980s when, unbeknownst to Tony, brass fittings such as the two foot-plates, his great uncles sold it to a Bathurst man the shaft ends, tugstops, dashboard and who later moved to Sydney, taking the the breeching dee harness fittings. sulky with him before realising it took up “Cri key, it took me a whole day to too much space on his suburban block. polish just one of the foot-plates!” “In 1985, I was browsing through a Tony then cleaned and re-polished all carriage drivers’ newsletter and noticed the timber and steel parts and by early this advertisement for a sulky for sale,” this year the sulky looked as though it had Tony said. “I showed the advert to my appeared in 1888! Earlier this year, Tony mother, Leonie and grandmother, Dulcie, was at it again, buying a sulky which he and mum told me the bloke who placed later sold but not before he removed two the advert was an old school friend from vintage lamps which he then placed on Bathurst and that the picture of the sulky his old girl. Tony and his partner in love as looked like ours at Hill End. well as passion for horses, Helen Tudor, “And then Gran put in her two-bob’s intend hitching 10-year-old mare, May, worth and said: ‘I rode in that sulky from a between the shafts and taking the outfit to child until into my teens - that’s definitely shows and equestrian events. the Hodge family sulky’.” Now, was Sitting Pat right or was he Tony’s grandmother, Dulcie Hodge, right! 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