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B2254-6 Horsedrawn vehicle model, gig, made by Edward Manners, North Ryde, NSW, 1970-1976. Click to enlarge.

Model horse drawn gig

Made 1970-1976

This gig is part of a collection of seven, horsedrawn vehicle models made between 1970 and 1976 by Edward Manners, a Sydney sign writer and artist. The vehicles are interesting because they illustrate the types of horsedrawn vehicles used in Sydney up to about the Second World War. Rather than being scale models, the vehicles exhibit a naive yet charming quality.

The full-size gig was a domestic light passenger vehicle for one or two people and used for personal travel in towns and the country...


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Object Statement

Horsedrawn vehicle model, gig, made by Edward Manners, North Ryde, NSW, 1970-1976

Physical Description

Horse-drawn vehicle model, gig, made by Edward Manners, North Ryde, NSW, 1970-1976

This two-wheeled vehicle is called a gig. It has a seat accessible by a step and mudguards over the wheels to protect the driver and passenger from mud. The gig is decorated and is pulled by a carved timber horse which is fitted with a light buggy-style leather harness. The harness is fairly well detailed and includes a loin straps, crupper, and back band.

The gig is part of a collection of horsedrawn vehicles which also comprises, a two-wheel tip dray drawn by one horse, a two-wheel spring cart drawn by one horse, a four-wheel wagon pulled by one horse, a four-wheel wheat and wool wagon drawn by two horses, a two-wheel pony barrow drawn by one horse and a two-wheel covered cart drawn by one horse. The vehicles and horses are made of wood and painted in bright colours.



110 mm


210 mm



The gig model was made by Edward Manners, a sign writer, coach painter and artist by profession, of the Sydney suburb of North Ryde, NSW. Edward was born in 1911, probably in Sydney, the son of William Edward Manners, a coach painter, and Grace Amelia nee Walker. His mother died in childbirth in 1917 and his father remarried in 1920 to Helen Jessie Perch. Edward married Elsie E Miller in 1934 at Newtown and then Joy Mary Hill in 1948. It is said that Edward developed his talent for coach painting from his grandfather, an agricultural implement and coach manufacturer. Edward died in 1976.

Information supplied by Shirley Xanthos, 2009.





The model was purchased in 1977.

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Model horse drawn gig 2018, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 23 August 2019, <>


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This object is currently on display in Store 3 at the Museums Discovery Centre.

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