ON TRACK: Peter Bartter and Jim McGann stand with the T20 International Tractor donated by Mr Bartter to Pioneer ParkFORMER Griffith businessman Peter Bartterhas donated a restoredhistorical ‘international T20’ tractor to Pioneer Park as part of Griffith’s Australia Day celebrations.
Mr Bartter, whowith his brother Davidestablished poultry giant Bartter’s before its sale in 2009, said he decided to donate the tractor due to his belief that it belongs in Griffith.
“It was here when we came to Griffith and was owned by Andy Day,but when my Dad bought farm 131 the tractor was part of the farm equipment,” he said.
Andy Day’s grandsonJim McGann was also present at the Australia Day celebrations.
“My grandfather sold the farm to Peter’s father after the war in 1946 and in those days a lot of the farm machinery like the tractors were sold with the farm,” Mr McGann said.
A horse called Prince had also been purchased with the farmhowever, sadly it was no longer around to be donated to Pioneer Park.
Jennifer O’Donnell, business and administration co-ordinatorofGriffith Pioneer Park Museum said the museum was thrilled to have acquired such a wonderful piece of Griffith’s own local farming history.
“The Day, McGann and Bartter names are well known local identities who have all contributed to the progress of Griffith. It is great that Mr Bartter, who has had the T20 tractor restored, housed and looked after meticulously, is allowing the museum to take possession.”
Speaking about the restoration, Mr Bartter praised the efforts of Renzo Rovere in restoring the tractor.
“Renzo in his spare time would take a piece off,clean it up and get it all spray painted and it looks pretty schmick,” he said, remarking that Mr Rovere had done a very good job.
As an 18-year-old kid Mr Bartter remembersmany hours spent on the tractor.
“It was a very dusty job,” he said.“It wasn’t a work of desire – you just had to do it.
“When we bought it, the trackson it were actually wearing down so I welded new ones on,they’ve since worn down from three centimetres. They’re about one centimetre now but they have stayed there and there is not one missing by the way,” he said proudly. “The welding held out.”
Griffith mayor John Dal Broi recognised Mr Bartter’s contribution at the Australia Day celebrations on Tuesday.
“Peter has decided to relocate to Sydney,”he told the crowd.
“But before he has gone he has afully restored tractor that he has spent a lot ofmoney onandhas kindly donated to Pioneer Park.”
Pioneer Park curator Jason Richardson will be documenting the provenance and stories of the tractorfor visitors to the museum.
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