Tell us about Rum City Vintage Machinery Club?
The Bundaberg Rum City Vintage Machinery Club is a club of local enthusiasts that are involved with vintage engines, tractors, machinery and memorabilia, anything that is vintage.
Our aim is to collect, restore and show vintage machinery and equipment, particularly involved with the local Bundaberg region.
More specifically, the cane industry, because it's been such a big part of the Bundaberg Region for so many years.
It’s also a form of keeping some of our older members connected with society and socially engaged.
We meet every second month and we have a committee that meets in between those two months to make decisions that we make for the regular general meeting.
How can the community be involved?
Anyone can join the group and in fact, as young as 15 or 16 can join.
We have younger members in our group, and we'd like more younger members.
The club supports other venues and activities by participating in the Bundaberg car show, Childers and Gin Gin show and other regional shows.
We have approximately 80 members and are always open to more.
Do you have any history about your group?
Our particular club is about 17 years old, but the movement, some of these members have been part of the original movement that started in 1977.
That group was originally called the machinery collectors and restorers.
Therefore, some of our members have been involved with vintage stuff for 40 to 50 years.
Why is the group important to the Bundaberg Region?
It's so important that we can remind the younger generation of what their forebears did and how tough things were back then.
Bundaberg has so much history and we wouldn’t want to lose that, that’s why we love passing down that knowledge.