30 September - Oct.2nd 2016
Centenary Celebrations of Bulk Grain Handling.
27th September, 1916 the first experimental load of wheat on rail in Australia, was despatched by Webster Brothers, agents of Ariah Park, to Lindley Walker, of Sydney.
Cementing Ariah Park place in history, as the Birth place of Bulk wheat transport in Australia.

The Ariah Park Community will be celebrating 100 years of bulk grain handing when they host Centenary Celebrations over the October Long Weekend in 2016.
The Ariah Park Bulk Grain Handling Centenary Weekend will be held from Friday, September 30, and include Saturday, October 1, and Sunday, October 2, 2016.
The weekend will commence on :
Friday evening, September 30th
With a Centenary Ball with a 1960s theme, and featuring well known Temora band, "Silverhair".
Bar Facilities will be available, but patrons are asked to bring any food they require.

Saturday, October 1.
Our main day, will be the Centenary Street Parade will gather at the Ariah Park Showground, and commence at 11.00a.m.
Featured in the Parade will be grain handling machinery from every decade over the past 100 years.
There will be a number of food outlets in the main street following the Parade.
After the Parade, the Regency Ramblers Street Rods will move into the main street, and conduct their Annual Show & Shine.
Also on Saturday afternoon, there will big screen TVs featuring the AFL Grand Final.
Screens will be at both the Ariah Park Hotel and the Ariah Park Bowling Club
Highlight of the Saturday will be the unveiling of the Tribute to the Wheat Lumper Statue at the northern end of the Ariah Park main street.

Sunday, October 2 :
Will start with Reunion Church Services at the Catholic, Anglican and Baptist Churches.
This will be followed by a Community Luncheon at the Ariah Park Showground.
In the afternoon, there will Sunday School Picnic type activities at the Showground.

The Centenary Weekend will wind up with a Centenary Concert in the Ariah Park Memorial Hall.

Pictured are Committee members - ( L to R)
Des Delaney, Terry Walker, Bill Speirs, Jen Walker, Rita Bromfield, Ian Sherwood (President and Lumper) Joel Fairman (Landmark -sponsor) Nigel Judd (Committee) and Mark Breust (Elders - sponsor) Progress: update 6th June 2016
The Ariah Park community is celebrating this week after the tender for the casting of the Bronze Wheat Lumper Statue was awarded to Crawford's Castings of South Strathfield, Sydney.
The original clay model was created by Margot Stephens of Mudgee and consists of a wheat lumper with a wheat bag on his shoulders, plus climbing up three wheat bags.

The statue will take 12 weeks to be moulded and then cast in bronze, and should be ready by mid September, then erected at the northern end of the main street in Ariah Park, and unveiled at the Centenary of Australian Bulk Handling Weekend on Saturday, October 1, 2016.

Progress: update 12th June 2016
Dear Friends,
Just some of the 18 photos that were posted by our sculptor, Margot Stephens, of Mudgee on Facebook, when the team from Crawford's Castings, of South Strathfield, came to Mudgee for 8 days to do the moulding process.

How it works
The Sculptor does a clay model
Then a Polymer mould is made of that model
That mould is taken back to South Strathfield, and then filled with Wax.
The mould is removed.

A much stronger mould is then put around the wax model.
This is then heated enough so the wax melts, and is poured out.
That new mould is then sectioned so an internal frame can be inserted.
This frame will be built around a two inch solid stainless steel which will run from the top wheat bag, through the head, through the body, out through the two bags, into the three bottom bags and then finally into the foundation base.
Once the internal frame has been inserted, the body mould is put back together again, and will be ready for pouring the molten silicon bronze.
This mould is placed in a liquid solution vat to help combat the high pressure from the 1200 degrees molten bronze, which is poured from a large crucible, held on a long shaft resting on the shoulders of two strong men.
I learnt this from my recent visit to Crawford's Castings at South Strathfield. This may not be 100% correct but it gives you some idea.
The Wheat Lumper will be ready by mid September ready to be erected and then unveiled on Saturday, October 1, 2016.
Please post these photos on your websites and Facebook Pages.

 Starting the mould!  Starting the mould!  Starting the mould!  Starting the mould!

On September 27, 1916, Ariah Park took a special place in the development of the Australian grain industry.
When, for the first time anywhere in rural Australia, a shipment of bulk wheat was loaded into railway truck No. 15,148, for transport to the coast.

This restored "S" truck wagon (simular to the one used) stands as a proud memorial in in Coolamon Street, Ariah Park.
The birthplace of bulk grain haulage in Australia. Another reminder of the important part of Australia's history, this historic town has been.

Bulk Wheat Wagon

Photograph by Peter F Williams

On Thursday last Messrs. Webster Bros., Ariah Park, consigned a railway truck (No. 15,148), loaded with wheat In bulk, to Messrs. Lindley, Walker, and Co., Sydney.
The object was to find out how many bags an ordinary 15-ton iron truck would contain, time it would take to reload, and how it would stand the journey.
The truck should arrive in Sydney early this week.
This is understood to bo the first occasion on which wheat has been carried In, bulk on the railways In Australia, and the .result will be watched with interest.

The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954) Tue 3 Oct 1916 Page 5 BULK HANDLING.

New South Wales Government Railways launched its first bulk-wheat loading operation in the town in 1916

"GrainCorp has a long, rich history beginning in 1916.
Originally part of the New South Wales Government's Department of Agriculture, GrainCorp was established as the Grain Elevators Board.

In 1917 Canadian architect J.S. Metcalf designed a bulk grain terminal in the Sydney suburb, Glebe. Completed in 1922 it was Australia's first bulk grain terminal and was complimented by GrainCorp's first elevator built in Peak Hill, 50 km north of Parkes, NSW.
These projects laid the foundation for GrainCorp's grain handling and storage network.
In 1939, the Australian Wheat Board was founded who held a monopoly on wheat exporting for the next 60 years.

For further details, contact
Bill Speirs on 0428 771 291 email - lynndene1@bigpond.com
Nigel Judd on 0428 741 026 or nigeljudd@bigpond.com