Outback towns deliver mail milestone celebration
Posted Thursday 1 April 2010 at 10:17am
Two small towns in outback Queensland will celebrate a centenary this weekend, marking 100 years of motorised mail delivery.
The mail run between Ilfracombe and Isisford in the state's central west was the first motorised delivery formally undertaken in the Commonwealth.
One of the centenary organisers, Sandy Williams, says there will be activities in both towns and a re-enactment of the historic first run.
"It actually left on the 1st of April 1910. It's always been a significant mail run," she said.
"It became a lot more significant when they decided to become the first mail route to ever use a motor driven vehicle to deliver mail. There were a lot of knockers, a lot of people said it would never last."
A vintage Winton model car is preparing to make a re-enactment drive.
Ms Williams says the car will drive part of the route taken 100 years ago but time constraints mean it will not go the whole way.
"It's an American-made vehicle. It's top speed is sort of 25 kilometres an hour. I think there's only a couple of them in the world," she said.
"It was actually manufactured in 1899. There is some conjecture about which vehicle did the first run but our records show us that this is the one. It'll be in Ilfracombe on the day and down in Isisford down in the afternoon."
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