Explore local history with the Twin Shire Ride

January 12, 2017

Brian with a 1950s Bushells clock amid the fascinating collection of more than 400 clocks.

The annual Twin Shire Ride will provide vehicle enthusiasts and history buffs with an interesting prelude to the Sun Country Motorcycle Show ‘n’ Shine, Swap Meet and Lifestyle Fair in February.

The Lifestyle Fair will be held on Sunday, February 5, but the fun kicks off a day early for those interested in joining the Twin Shire Ride and Drive Tour from midday on Saturday, February 4.

The Yarrawonga Mulwala area has a multitude of history for everyone to enjoy through several local museums.

The Twin Shire Ride and Drive Tour starts at the Federation Shire Mulwala Pioneer Museum at midday.

A key feature at the museum is a biplane designed and built by Douglas Sloane, made mostly of wood, and based on the shape of a Wedge-tailed Eagle.

Other eye-catching items are the horse buggy collection and Furphy tanks along with war and historic vehicles plus all the local household kitchenware and dairy equipment.

The next visit will be to the Yarrawonga Clock Museum at Brian and Joan Williamson’s beautiful Lynch Street, Yarrawonga, tudor-style home.

Brian opened the clock museum in November 1984 and to the public January 1985, 31 years ago.

The collection has more than 400 clocks with only 1% of the collection Australian-made and the rest from America, Germany, Switzerland, France, England and Italy.

A highlight of the collection are the two 1730 clocks and it is worth noting the museum the does not have one battery operated time piece.

An interesting sideline to Brian’s clock collection is his wife Joan’s display of 6000 salt and pepper shakers which include a set of Harley Davidson boots.

The collection contains Royal Family memorabilia, tractors, foxes and snakes – just to name a few – and a special treat are the double-faced shakers which proved to be a great talking point at the dinner table of yesteryear.

Next is a visit to the Indian Motorcycle Museum of Peter and Toni Birthisel at Bundalong which has a fascinating collection of restored motorcycles, many dating back to the early 1900s.

Finally, the tour concludes with a cuppa at McDonald’s in what will be a very interesting Saturday afternoon prior to Sunday’s Sun Country Motorcycle Show ‘n’ Shine, Swap Meet and Lifestyle Fair on the Yarrawonga Foreshore.

For more information on the Sun Country Motorcycle Show ‘n Shine, Swap Meet and Lifestyle Fair call co-ordinator Helen Copeland on 5744 1989.

For information on the Twin Shire Ride contact Barry Bennett on 0358 73 4267.

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