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Piece of history brings joy

Saturday, 23rd May, 2020

Rainbow Preschool’s (back from left) Jacob Cetnich, Hugo McCunnie, Sam Savage, (front from left) Anna Liston, Jacob Pedergnana and Eddison Oldsen with Early Childhood Educator and Nominated Supervisor, Nicole Delbridge. PICTURE: Emily Ferguson Rainbow Preschool’s (back from left) Jacob Cetnich, Hugo McCunnie, Sam Savage, (front from left) Anna Liston, Jacob Pedergnana and Eddison Oldsen with Early Childhood Educator and Nominated Supervisor, Nicole Delbridge. PICTURE: Emily Ferguson

By Emily Ferguson

Rainbow Preschool has added another touch of colour with their Bakers Cart getting a revamp. 

In mid-April the well-known Rainbow Preschool mural was repainted, to brighten and refresh the pieces. 

That same week their beloved Bakers Cart was craned from the grounds and taken to the workshop for its restoration. 

The Bakers Cart has been at Rainbow Preschool since 1970, after it was donated from Fawners Bakery when they sold their bakery to the Broken Hill Bakery. 

It was donated to the Rainbow Preschool; which was known as the Zinc Preschool at the time.

Early Childhood Educator and Nominated Supervisor, Nicole Delbridge said the work done on the Baker’s Cart has improved the playground and kids spirits. 

“The Bakers Cart was taken in the holidays on April 15, we actually had to get the crane in to lift it out of the grounds, so obviously that had to be done without the children present,” Nicole said.

“It was finished and so we were able to use David Edgecumbe’s car trailer so we give a huge thank you to him for letting us use that.

“With the help of my partner and the committee we had the cart returned back to preschool and they wheeled it in for us, popped it back into position and the children were just so happy.

“The comment that one of the children made was ‘It’s so clean now’ and another, ‘It’s all shiny and new’, they just flocked back to it, it was definitely missed.

“I think part of it was the children actually seeing it come back into the preschool, because when they all came back from holidays it was missing, and they’d been asking where it was. 

“So to actually have the children here when it was returned, they were full of joy and as soon as it was in position they jumped back on it.”

Anthony Vella was the man chosen for the job of restoring the fifty-year-old cart, after his work on another Bakers Cart was raved about. 

“We saw the article in the BDT that he restored the Historical Society’s Bakers Cart and the huge response of what a wonderful job he did through that article.

“It was a natural choice to follow up with Anthony again and he’s done another amazing restoration job on a part of Broken Hill’s history.

“So it was a complete repanel, it hasn’t been changed it was restored back to its original state and we also thank Anthony because he donated new tyres and hubs to the Bakers Cart so we are very grateful for that donation.

“It has a fresh coat of paint and the lining has been fixed up for us and it will be there for many more generations to come.”

Nicole praised the work of the preschool’s current Management Committee.

“The cart was in really bad disrepair it was either a choice of we get it restored or we remove it, it had come to that crunch call,” she said. 

“The Management Committee had the passion about it to have it remain a part of the playground and the history so they chose to have it restored, so there is a huge thank you to be made to the Management Committee for choosing to restore the Bakers Cart.

“It’s a huge part of the preschool, when you talk to past children who have attended and are now in their 30s and 40s, they all still remember the Bakers Cart.

“That’s just part of the history, similar to the mural it’s been here such a long time that you can’t remove or replace it, it’s just part of the building.”

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