In 2019 SteamFest and North West Axemens Association are jointly hosting a woodchop competition on Monday. See some of Tasmania’s best axemen compete while David Foster provides the commentary. $1200 in prizes have been donated by Huon Aquaculture and the Hub so that this event can be brought to you on Monday 11th March 2019.
Another first for SteamFest will see Julian Bale donate an interactive mural painted over the three days. Members of the public can paint their own little piece of history onto the wall of the Nook Building and be a part of this three day mural workshop.
The Antique Caterpiller Machinery Owners Club will be in SteamFest for the first time at SteamFest 2019. See some beautiful old farming giants.
There is a very large display of both stationary and moving Steam engines with many new exhibits this year.
Take an exciting ride. Landing area and booking office is 100 metres up Albert St from the SteamFest site – on the school oval on the right. Flight prices start from $60 per person. Come up and see the friendly ground crew at the helicopter site.
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The world’s oldest remaining Fowler steam traction engine in working condition will be displayed at Sheffield between the 9th and 11th of March.
Owned and restored by Leigh Burrill of Oatlands the 8 nhp (nominal horse power) Fowler traction engine was built at the Hunslet Works of John Fowler & Co, Leeds, England in1880. It was shipped to New Zealand, then sold to Tasmanian interests, working at Cosgroves Brickworks, Kingsmeadows, Launceston for many years.
A new boiler was installed on the engine in 1925. The machine was purchased by the current owner’s father, Bill Burrill, in 1954. Bill used it for 5 years cutting timber in a sawmill at Stonor. From 1959 it sat in a paddock in Stonor until Leigh commenced restoration three years ago.
The transformation of a rusting hulk to its factory condition of 139 years ago is a labour of love, determination and craftsmanship. Steam powered machines are ‘living things’, a unique and beautiful part of our island’s industrial and agricultural heritage.
After 3000 hours of restoration work, Leigh and his team received the much-anticipated safety ticket for his traction engine just last week.
The engine, and its poignant story, will be unveiled and displayed by the proud father and son team, Leigh and Cameron Burrill, at this year’s 25th annual SteamFest, at the Sheffield Steam and Heritage Centre grounds.
Further information can be obtained from Leigh Burrill on 62 547203