Vintage machinery on display

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Cherished . . . Otago Vintage Machinery Club member Ray Elfield in front of a joinery machine from the New Zealand and South Seas Expedition. It will be one of the many pieces of machinery on display at the club's open day next month. PHOTO: JESSICA WILSON

Dunedin’s best-kept machinery secret is opening its doors to the public next month.

The Otago Vintage Machinery Club is holding an open day on November 3 at its premises at the Taieri Historical Park, Museum and Picnic Gardens in Outram.

Club member Ray Elfield said the club had more than 1000 pieces of machinery, most of which had been donated.

“Bits and pieces just arrive. That’s basically how it happens.”

Items on display included a fog horn, a Ruston and Hornsby engine which is believed to have been used in a dam, a steam engine from Roslyn Mills, a hat lathe from the Toitu Otago Early Settlers Museum, agriculture equipment, a tea bag machine from Bell Tea and a bulldozer from the Antarctic.

The fog horn, which is Mr Elfield’s favourite piece of machinery in the club, would sound at noon on the open day.

“It makes a big loud noise.”

The club, which has been operating for about 25 years and has about 40 members, mostly takes its machinery to A&P Shows. The open day will run from 10am until 4pm.