MANNUM WWAS ALL STEAMED UP IN NOVEMBER
Thursday, November 29, 2018
Mannum was certainly all steamed up on the Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th November with the celebration of boats, blacksmiths, engines and steam.
The 2018 All Steamed UP event attracted 9000 visitors over the two days with heritage paddle steamers and private paddle, wooden and classic boats lining the picturesque Mary Ann Reserve. May heritage vessel volunteers made the long journeys to Mannum including he PS Oscar W from Goolwa and the PS Industry making the trip down from Renmark. Mannum’s PS Marion and PW Mayflower joined the celebrations along with the largest congregation of blacksmiths in South Australia including 37 volunteers from the South Australian Artist Blacksmith Association and visiting international blacksmith John McLellan from California.
Mayor Dave Burgess officially launched the replica Shearer Steam Carriage project on the Sunday and highlighted the amazing efforts of Doug Baker who has lead the replica project over the past two years.
“We are extremely fortunate in our Council region to have so many wonderful volunteers as without them we would not have seen such a magnificent event this weekend”.
“The inventive genius and commitment of Doug Baker, Bruce Weir-Smith here today and the many volunteers involved in the replica carriage project to bring the project to life today is truly outstanding.”
“We certainly look forward to the day the car is operational and we see Mannum’s engineering heritage operate down the Main Street of Mannum as David Shearer did 120 years ago.”
“I would certainly like to thank the many volunteers involved in the All Steamed Up event and the Building Betters Regions fund for their support.”
Engine displays of all shapes and sizes lined Arnold Park next to the ferry and the Museum opened its doors as part of the vent with outdoor drag saw demonstrations, the iconic Key Beam Engine steaming in the Randell Steam Shed and the All Steamed UP interactive display was moving fasting than the many boats on the water on the day!
Steam traction engines moved around Mary Ann Reserve and we even saw a Steam Truck make its way down Mannum’s main street to the delight of many visitors.
There were vintage and classic car displays, Mannum rowers challenging paddle boats, high speedboat displays, steam trains, all was need was aeroplanes and they would have had it all.
Mannum was certainly the Echuca of South Australia on the All Steamed Up weekend celebrating Mannum as the birthplace of the paddle steamer the PS Mary Ann in 1853 and Australia’s first steam carriage with a differential by David Shearer in 1897.
Mannum and the Murray River was showcased with a story in the Sunday Mail and Brenton Ragless and his family visited the event and sent for a cruise on the PS Marion. Brenton loves steam engines and had a chat with our steam volunteers including Ian ‘Johno’ Johnson in the Randell Steam Shed.
Congratulations to our Mannum Freshwater Classic winners:
MY OLD BOAT – winner of Best Classic Boat under 16 feet
IONE Π – winner of Best Classic Boat over 16 feet
FLAMMING GALAH – winner of best Classic Steam Boat under 22 feet
PS OSCAR W – winner of best Classic Steam Boat over 22 feet
TJ – winner of best overall boat
AH “Dig” Traeger, Hydroplane “The Sting” who won the Best Exhibitor Overall .
A big thank you to our many volunteers involved in this event and Max Lindsay and Peter Thomas did a fantastic job as MC’s at the event.
We look forward to the 2020 event!