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Bread cart’s fresh look

Thursday, 9th May, 2019

Co-ordinator of the Silverton Gaol, Ross Wecker, in the freshly-painted and restored bread cart once used by Forner’s Bakery. The bread cart was restored by Anthony Vella Spray Painting after the Broken Hill Historical Society were tasked with revitalising the historical item. PICTURE: Myles Burt Co-ordinator of the Silverton Gaol, Ross Wecker, in the freshly-painted and restored bread cart once used by Forner’s Bakery. The bread cart was restored by Anthony Vella Spray Painting after the Broken Hill Historical Society were tasked with revitalising the historical item. PICTURE: Myles Burt

By Myles Burt

The old Forner’s Bakery bread cart has been fully restored and waiting to be put on display at the Silverton Gaol. 

The bread cart was restored by Anthony Vella Spray Painting after the Broken Hill Historical Society were tasked with revitalising the historical item. 

It is one of five that John Forner, 98 years old, brought back from Adelaide in the early 1950s for his rounds. 

Mr Forner painted each cart with the colours of the suburb it delivered to, with this one in North’s blue and white livery. 

The cart is now being stored at the Broken Hill Historical Society’s headquarters while the Silverton Gaol museum undergoes renovation, said to co-ordinator Ross Wecker.

“We’re getting new roofs put on out there, we’re getting the roofs dusted and then getting them painted,” Mr Wecker said.

“Carpenters are fixing windows, doors, floors and putting in little access ramps around the place.

“The big shed where we’re going to put this, until we get things organised it’s probably going to take a couple of days to clean that out.”

Mr Wecker said the bread cart will be a great nostalgic piece for the Silverton Gaol, as a lot of locals would remember it.

“I can remember as a child I used to chase after them down at North Broken Hill and get a loaf out of the back,” he said.

“I used to live not far from the bakery so I used to get the smell every morning when the bakers were in action.

“Every now and then we’d get a horse that’d decide to bolt and go home. They’d always run back to the bakery and leave the driver behind somewhere.

“It’s another old relic of Broken Hill’s history and the businesses that used to be here.

“But times have changed and we had to mechanise them eventually, so all these things become relics, unfortunately.

“It’s probably lucky they found this and had something to do up so we can remember it.”

As repairs continue at the Silverton Gaol, Mr Wecker will be on the hunt for a replica horse to place with the bread cart to add a sense of realism to piece.

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