Esperance Mechanical Restoration Group opens new sheds

The Esperance Mechanical Restoration Group will hold a Grand Opening this Sunday, January 14, for two new sheds at McLean Road.

The group received grants from the state government and LotteryWest along with their own fundraising to purchase and erect the sheds.

Group president Dave Ovans said the sheds were purchased to accommodate for the ‘growing’ amount of historical machinery and memorabilia collected by members.

Mr Ovans commended the group’s members on their hard work in preparing the site.

“Members have done a lot of the site groundwork, preparation for electricians, plumbers and builders for the recently constructed sheds,” he said.

“We extend a special thanks to Mr Len Marsh, a great benefactor of Esperance Mechanical Restoration Group.”

The restoration group formed in 1990 and consists of like-minded members who Mr Ovans said wish to ‘preserve the past’.

“The club has grown from strength to strength, with five sheds housing a club room full of retro memorabilia, library of old historical info, stationary engines, tractors, trucks, cars, bikes and farm machinery,” he said.

“The shed features a 110-year-old restored Chaff Cutter which is used to make chaff.”

The shed also features the old Esperance Dodge ambulance ‘Gertie’, which has ‘pride of place’ in Shed number three.

Esperance Shire president Victoria Brown will officiate the opening at 11am on January 14.

Mr Ovans invited residents and visitors to attend the ceremony and visit the sheds, which are open for tours of the ‘interesting’ items on display.