Newspaper trolley used by Beatrice Bush

Made 1985-1995

This newspaper trolley documents the working life and conditions of a newspaper seller in Sydney between 1971 and 1996. Its significance comes from its association with paper seller and local White Bay character Beatrice Bush.

For 25 years until 1996 Beatrice Bush sold newspapers seven days a week from the traffic island at the intersection of Victoria Road and The Crescent, White Bay, Sydney. Her weather-beaten face, small stature and eccentric attire were known to the estimated 70,000 vehicl...


Newspaper trolley, metal / rubber / paper, owned by White Bay newsagent, used by Beatrice Bush, White Bay, New South Wales, Australia, made by Kelso, Australia, [1985-1995]

The newspaper trolley consists of an orange tray supported on a steel undercarriage with two rubber tyres. A long double steel handle extends from the undercarriage to allow the trolley to pulled along. The handle is powder-coated in blue paint much of which is now faded A metal stand at the front of the undercarriage allows the trolley to rest in a stable, angled position with the handle in the air. Both long sides of the tray feature a coloured sticker advertising the text 'THE AUSTRALIAN/ Your Country - Your Paper'. The inside face of the tray is embossed with the words 'Kelso IXL'. The top two corners of the front of the tray have been covered in masking tape, probably to prevent the metal from scratching Beatrice Bush while she worked. A worn sticker centered on the base of the tray floor features text about the trolley's construction. The majority of text is illegible although the words 'Kelso', 'Australian-made' and 'steel undercarriage' are visible.


930 mm
530 mm


The trolley was made by Australian company Kelso. The date of manufacture is unknown but was probably during the late 1980s or early 1990s.


Gift of Mr Glen & Phillip Bush, 2005
23 March, 2005

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Newspaper trolley used by Beatrice Bush 2016, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 23 November 2017, <>
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