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Wednesday, 26 July 2017

Aveling & Porter roller

Horsham Rural City Council is seeking information or original photographs of the Aveling & Porter steam roller, that was purchased by the Borough of Horsham in 1924.
The steam roller was purchased to compact the roads prior to sealing with bitumen, and used throughout the 1930s and 40s in the Horsham area.
After being decommissioned by the Council, it was loaned to the Horsham Apex Club, where members painted it in red, green & black, and placed it on display in Apex Park at the corner of Bennett and Natimuk Road.
Following asbestos fears it was removed from the Park and  went to the Wool Factory, and later on to Murtoa.
In 2017 the Horsham Rural City Council regained the steam roller and it is now at the Council Depot.
In the future the Council hopes that with voluntary staff and public help they can undertake the steam roller's restoration to the original colour, equipment and signage. 
If you have any photos or information on the Aveling & Porter steam roller, you can contact Council's Fleet Manager Warren Kennedy on 538209608 during business hours.

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