Cockburn’s market garden history on show at vintage vehicle and machinery event

Cockburn’s market garden history on show at vintage vehicle and machinery event

ENSURING Cockburn’s market garden history is not forgotten remains a key driver for the team behind the Vintage Vehicle and Market Garden Machinery Day held at Manning Park each year, according to co-organiser Duane Sain.

Mr Sain, whose family has run market gardens locally since 1962, continues to farm his property in Wattleup, with produce including parsley, mint and leek sold at markets in Canning Vale and Fremantle each week.

He also has a neat collection of vintage vehicles and machinery, and is keen to ensure Cockburn’s past remains a part of its future.

“The Vintage Vehicle and Market Garden Machinery Day is about keeping the history of Cockburn going,” he said.

“It’s for the farmers and market gardeners of Cockburn that used to run all Cockburn in the early days.

“It’s for our children and grandchildren to know what went before them.”

Mr Sain said the event, co-organised by the award-winning Historical Society of Cockburn, was growing all the time.

He said the 2017 edition would feature vintage motorbikes, cars, tractors, trucks and old machinery.

The Old Machinery Club of WA will exhibit stationary engines, while the local Men’s Shed will host a woodturning stall.

“Every year it gets bigger, bigger and bigger,” Mr Sain said.

“The biggest reactions we get are ‘wow, I didn’t realise this existed’ or ‘my father or grandfather had one of them or used to do that’.

“We’re aiming to keep the history alive.”

Mr Sain said he was looking at establishing a Cockburn restoration club, with the paperwork already under way.

“The aim is to preserve the history of Cockburn with vintage machinery and to get people out and about,” he said.

The Azelia Ley Homestead Museum’s Vintage Vehicle and Market Garden Machinery Day, with Patchwork in the Park is on from 10am to 4.30pm, May 14 at Manning Park, Hamilton Hill. Call Mr Sain on 0419 040 766 for details.