Model wool drays (2) and base, 1: 20 scale, timber / metal / brass / calico, used by the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences, made by Alain Bianchini / Michael Laroche, Jenolan, New South Wales, Australia, 1988

Made by Laroche, Michael in Jenolan, New South Wales, 1988.

The wool dray was a very important road vehicle in the economic development of the Australian colonies in the mid. decades of the nineteenth century. Few full size examples survive of this type of horse or bullock-drawn vehicle, so a model was commissioned by the Museum in the mid-1980s and built by model makers Alan Bianchini and Michel Laroche in 1988.

The models represents the heavy two-wheeled drays used from the 1820s in colonial Australia to transport thousands of bales of wool from inla...

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The models comprise two wool drays made of timber. The larger model is made of timber with a clear finish. It is loaded with eight miniature calico-covered imitation wool bales which are tied to the dray with metal wire. The wire is tied around a small stick to secure the bales in place. A small wooden bucket is tied to the wire at the back of the model. It has two, large metal-rimmed spoked wheels with timber and brass fittings and supports. The model sits on a timber stand.

The smaller wool dray is also made of timber with a clear finish. This model is thought to have been a practise model and is made from silver birch. It does not have the wool bales and has railings instead of the full sides.

Production

During the development of the Museum's "Transport" exhibition in the mid-1980s, it was proposed that a model of a wool dray be included in the sub-theme called "Lines Across Australia". One of the few surviving examples of this type of two-wheeled vehicle was located in the Armidale Folk Museum in NW New South Wales. The Powerhouse Museum's model maker, Iain Scott-Stevenson, was sent to Armidale to measure and then draw up this vehicle which provided the basic dimensions and proportions for the model, although the vehicle in Armidale lacked the superstructure of the body.

Two private model makers were then commissioned to build the model based on Iain's drawing and photographs provided by the Museum. Two models were made, one with and without wool bales, by Alain Bianchini and Michel (Michael) Laroche. At the time Michel was the manager of "Caves House", Jenolan Caves, near the Blue Mountains, west of Sydney.
Laroche, Michael 1988

History

Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences 1988

Source

Purchased 1988
3 May, 1988

Cite this Object

Model wool drays (2) and base, 1: 20 scale, timber / metal / brass / calico, used by the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences, made by Alain Bianchini / Michael Laroche, Jenolan, New South Wales, Australia, 1988 2016, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 24 November 2017, <https://ma.as/84277>
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