A WEATHER vane that has spent more than 60 years overlooking a property in Spearwood is about to have a new home at the Azelia Ley Homestead Museum in Hamilton Hill.
The rooster is believed to have been made by Trevor Brenzi’s father, who finished building the house in 1953.
“Back in the day people used it to see the wind direction for different reasons,” Trevor Brenzi said.
“Some would use it for wind direction for fishing, whether to stay close to Clarence Rocks as there was some good weed banks there or maybe sneak out to the deeper weed banks for a feed of fish and squid.
“Others would also keep an eye on it for spraying. If it stayed in the northwest too long and you got a smell from Watsonia you could guarantee there was going to be rain coming.
“As kids the bloody rooster knew everything as it was always “the little birdie” that told mum and dad if you done something wrong.
“I am glad to see it going to a good home, staying in Spearwood where it belongs to keep an eye on everyone.”
The Brenzi family sold the property to developers who will demolish the house to make way for a medical centre.
Duane Sain is a volunteer for the museum and will ensure the donated item is safely installed in its new home.
Mr Sain chases heritage items from the local area and plans the museum’s annual Heritage Day.