Feb 8, 2014

Horses and history

Do you remember milk being delivered by horse and cart? If you've lived in Essendon awhile, it's not unlikely that you do. Remarkably, the Tighe family who ran the Lincoln Park Dairy, were still making milk deliveries in Essendon with a Clydesdale driven cart until 1987, decades after horse-drawn deliveries had ended in most suburbs!

The National Museum are now preparing an exhibition about horses in Australia that will feature the Tighe's yellow cart. And Essendon Historical Society members provided information and memories about the Tighe family milk delivery service that Museum staff found so fascinating they decided to make a documentary featuring them which will be part of the show.

Painting of Princess and Pat Tighe delivering milk in Essendon, by Susan Dowling, (from the Magic1278 blog).

You can read more about this story, and see a wonderful image of the Tighe's horse and cart, in the Moonee Valley Leader of 27th January 2014 (page 11).

Congratulations to the Essendon Historical Society for making such a wonderful contribution!


PS. If you have memories of these horse-drawn milk deliveries that you would like to share with the National Museum, email Martha Sear: marthasear@nma.gov.au

And of course if you'd like to share any memories or pictures of the Moonee Valley area with your local community, I'm always interested to hear from you. Send an email to librarian@mvcc.vic.gov.au, or call or visit the Library and ask for Julia.


Jenny Macaffer said...

There was a Travoncore dairy in Robertson street in 1940's and it delivered milk around mponds . The horse and cart with clydsdale horse and the cart had blown up rubber tyres so it didnt make so much noise on the road. When the milky came to our house we would leave the billy out with a note asking for 1 or 2 pints. When the milky came early in the morning he would have 2 gallon buckets and ladle to spoon out the milk and it would wake me up in the early hours of the morning.

Malcolm Macaffer

Moonee Valley Library Services said...

Thanks for sharing this memory Malcolm! Julia.

Jill and Ray said...

I remember the Tighe family. They delivered milk to my Granny's house in William Street, Essendon. And when we were short of something my Mum would drop into the dairy where I was allowed to ring a litle bell (i think it was hanging on a tap or so ething similar) and one of the Tighe family woukd come out and serve us.

Moonee Valley Library Services said...

Thanks Jill and Ray. Does anyone else remember the bell?

James said...

I definitely remember the bell and everything about the dairy, the bell was on a piece of spring steel and was attached to the tap above the gully trap which was to the right of the back doorand when you rang it old Mr Tighe would come to the door then go out to the big fridge that was in the yard and get you what you wanted. I would get up early and help Conway on the tail end of his run, I grew up in William st, I would feed the horse and muck out his stable all for a pint of milk. Conway also taught me how to crack a whip, he was a great man whom I remember being very gentle and caring, he was a major part of my growing up and I spent countless hours with him on that cart as a young boy, memories that I treasure. I moved three times as a kid, from 14 to 7 then over the fence to number 9 William st, it was a great area to grow up and I absolutely treasure the memories. I was so touched to see that the National museum had restored and preserved the cart and I very much look forward to a trip to Canberra to see it. James (Jimmy) Brown.