Historic wagons coming home

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old picture of the bennett wagon

old picture of the bennett wagon

SOUTH Creek Park in St Marys will soon be home to not one or two but three Bennett wagons.

Penrith Council has started construction of an expanded enclosure at the park to house three wagons, which are part of St Marys' early history.

Until now, Maxina was the only wagon based at South Creek Park.

It's expected the other two wagons currently based at Penrith Council's nursery will join Maxina in South Creek Park early in the new year.

St Marys District Historical Society welcomed the news.

"It will be great for when we do our tours in South Creek," secretary Norma Thorburn said.

"We've seen the plans and artist's impressions. It's created a lot of interest and everyone's excited."

The Bennett wagons represent the early manufacturing days of St Marys.

Established in the mid-1800s, James Bennett and his two sons produced wagons for the horse-drawn transportation of wheat and wool.

Their wagons were sold across the colony and transported by rail from the St Marys Goods Yard.

"They were such icons and were probably one of the most important things to happen for St Marys," Mrs Thorburn said.

"The wagons were sold all over Australia. The Bennetts were huge employers of workers in the St Marys area. They put St Marys on the map and had the world record for the largest load in 1920."

Mrs Thorburn and husband Tom recently drove to Melbourne to meet descendants of the Bennett family.

They came home with 11 framed photographs and a bag of Bennett wagon memorabilia now on display at their headquarters at St Marys Corner.

"It made the trip worthwhile and enhances the stories of the Bennett wagon," Mrs Thorburn said.

The Chambers are open Wednesday and Saturday, 10am-2pm.

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