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Title: Moruya Club Engine Shed.
Post by: wee-allis on 03 January, 2020, 08:45:53 am


Hi all,
Just to let you know that our club engine shed which we have had at The Old Mogo Town Tourist Park for many years has been totally destroyed in the New Years Day fires.  All the engines, tractors and associated bits are gone, including our club signature engine, the 6hp York.

Very busy at home at the moment, preparing for the arrival of the fire expected here tomorrow. We have some photos which I will put up later, if we still have the facilities.

To everyone else out there, be safe and good luck.

Cheers,
Steve.
Title: Re: Moruya Club Engine Shed.
Post by: Triumphline on 03 January, 2020, 09:52:40 am
Such terrible news Steve. When I saw the photos on social media I was heartbroken to see your club's hard work destroyed.
Keep safe.
Patrick
Title: Re: Moruya Club Engine Shed.
Post by: Grasshopper on 03 January, 2020, 09:24:06 pm
Sorry to hear the news your club shed containing old and valued treasure taken by the fire.
A real tragedy that those items are gone, I am sorry for your club.
Hopefully you will be able to get back on your feet and come back stronger.
I wish you better fortunes in the future, than the past.
Regards,
Grasshopper Max from Warwick Queensland.
Title: Re: Moruya Club Engine Shed.
Post by: cobbadog on 06 January, 2020, 09:41:32 pm
Yes Steve, very sad about the total destruction. I meant to ring yesterday to see how you got on with your own property over the weekend. Hopefully all survived and are safe and well.
Title: Re: Moruya Club Engine Shed.
Post by: wee-allis on 07 January, 2020, 08:04:58 am

Some pics of the Mogo shed fire.
Title: Re: Moruya Club Engine Shed.
Post by: wee-allis on 07 January, 2020, 08:06:49 am

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Title: Re: Moruya Club Engine Shed.
Post by: wee-allis on 07 January, 2020, 08:07:31 am
Last one.
Title: Re: Moruya Club Engine Shed.
Post by: Ian on 07 January, 2020, 06:11:05 pm
Hi Steve
What a sad sight to behold, I feel so sad for everyone and everything that has suffered in this most terrible tragedy.  However the Aussie Spirit will shine through and we will all pull together and see it through.

Regards

Ian
Title: Re: Moruya Club Engine Shed.
Post by: cobbadog on 07 January, 2020, 10:03:17 pm
It does bring tears to your eyes. Soory to the owners and hope there is some that can survive and do a Pheonix and rise from the flames.
Title: Re: Moruya Club Engine Shed.
Post by: Gerilgambeth on 08 January, 2020, 07:15:50 am
This damned BLACK cloud does have a silver lining though, as all of our members and their families are safe.
All the best,
Rob
Title: Re: Moruya Club Engine Shed.
Post by: cobbadog on 08 January, 2020, 09:40:36 pm
Very true Rob and that is the best way to look at it. All of this reminds me of the total destrction over in WA of the sheds and patterns etc lost to fire years back, hope they are making some progress too.
Title: Re: Moruya Club Engine Shed.
Post by: winchester on 09 January, 2020, 10:05:23 am
Very sorry to hear of your loss ,I have never been to your shed but fully understand your sadness. I am not sure of what has happened at the Yarloop shed that was destroyed a couple of years back here in SW WA.
A word of warning I have been suspended from a couple of forums because in my anger at the political chaos that has resulted from these bush fires  I dared mention both political and religious comment.
Title: Re: Moruya Club Engine Shed.
Post by: cobbadog on 09 January, 2020, 04:40:48 pm
As stated keep politics out of the engine and tractor forum and then all is good. we all get wound up over those things but there is a time and place to spew venom on those topics and here shouldn't be one of them.
Title: Re: Moruya Club Engine Shed.
Post by: Gerilgambeth on 11 January, 2020, 11:32:18 am
As stated keep politics out of the engine and tractor forum and then all is good. we all get wound up over those things but there is a time and place to spew venom on those topics and here shouldn't be one of them.
Coming from a strong Methodist family, I was taught at a very young age that there are 3 subjects that should never be spoken about......not in a public arena anyway....
Politics, Religion and Sex.
By doing this all my life, even today, I don't have any troubles on forums etc. There are exceptions though....amongst mates for example. Just ask WeAllis after our coffee meeting this morning.
Cheers,
Rob
Title: Re: Moruya Club Engine Shed.
Post by: wee-allis on 11 January, 2020, 12:04:04 pm

Yes Rob, but you have to admit, everyone at the table were on the same page. No conflict there.
Steve.
Title: Re: Moruya Club Engine Shed.
Post by: Rustisreal on 11 January, 2020, 11:11:31 pm
My sympathies go out to all of your members over these devastating fires, so sad to see such total destruction, one can only hope that you are able to come back & fly the flag again.
Title: Re: Moruya Club Engine Shed.
Post by: Gerilgambeth on 12 January, 2020, 04:06:30 pm
We have just started a "Go Fund Me" page.
You can see it here https://www.gofundme.com/f/please-help-rebuild-some-of-our-national-heritage?utm_source=customer&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=p_cf+share-flow-1
Be generous folks......we need all the help we can get.
Cheers,
Rob
Title: Re: Moruya Club Engine Shed.
Post by: Gerilgambeth on 14 January, 2020, 05:07:39 pm
Today a few club members went to the scene to look it over and discuss our next step towards recovery.
I took quite a few photos and built a webpage.
Its not pretty, but if you're at all interested you can see it here. https://matama.weebly.com/surveying-the-damage.html
Cheers,
Rob
Title: Re: Moruya Club Engine Shed.
Post by: Ian on 14 January, 2020, 05:25:43 pm
Devastating is all I can say, saw the geese and the peacock also thought I caught a glance of a Phoenix rising from the ashes.  The recovery has begun.

Ian
Title: Re: Moruya Club Engine Shed.
Post by: Gerilgambeth on 14 January, 2020, 08:55:44 pm
Devastating is all I can say, saw the geese and the peacock also thought I caught a glance of a Phoenix rising from the ashes.  The recovery has begun.

Ian

Ian,
Yep, that was "Project Phoenix".
We'll all be driving big 60's Dodge's before we know it.
Seriously though....we have the spirit. We also have the capability. We just don't have the facilities or the money.
Cheers,
Rob
Title: Re: Moruya Club Engine Shed.
Post by: Gerilgambeth on 19 January, 2020, 04:08:09 pm
Hello,
I?ve just closed the ?Mogo Old Oilers? Go Fund Me.
I believe that once it is closed, Go Fund Me will refund all donations.
The reason for this is that GFM have made it impossible for our beneficiary, our Associations treasurer, to verify her identity in order to make the withdrawal of funds.
Thank you for thinking of us.
Regards,
Rob
Title: Re: Moruya Club Engine Shed.
Post by: cobbadog on 19 January, 2020, 04:45:41 pm
How bloody helpful. You would think that a list of office bearers sent to them along with bank details with the same names on should be enough.
I can think of another meaning for GFM  but tends be a bit rude.
Title: Re: Moruya Club Engine Shed.
Post by: Gerilgambeth on 20 January, 2020, 06:48:35 am
Hello again,
There are a couple of other ways to make a donation, should you want to help our cause.
You can see your options here.... https://matama.weebly.com/project-phoenix.html
Thanks & Cheers,
Rob
Title: Re: Moruya Club Engine Shed.
Post by: Ian on 20 January, 2020, 12:39:07 pm
Hi

Thanks for the refund info, once received I will do a direct deposit.

Regards

Ian
Title: Re: Moruya Club Engine Shed.
Post by: Gerilgambeth on 21 January, 2020, 10:59:44 am
Hello,
Its come to my attention that you may have to apply for your refund from ?Go Fund Me?.
This is despite them promising to make the refunds automatically.
If you need to go down this course then here is a link to the page to do so.
https://support.gofundme.com/hc/en-us/requests/new?ticket_form_id=360000288632
All the best,
Rob
Title: Re: Moruya Club Engine Shed.
Post by: wee-allis on 23 April, 2020, 08:41:30 pm
Finally!!!!

After almost 4 months of delays, red tape and frustration, today we finally got to retrieve what is left of our engine and tractor collection from the ruins of our club shed/museum.

Initially, the insurance company of the Tourist Park prevented us for fear of our health and well being, (They probably thought we would sue if we were hurt). Then the company hired by the Government to demolish all the fire damaged buildings and houses in the area prevented us because, "It's OUR job". That argument fell over when they realised we had Heritage listed engines in the rubble. They were afraid of doing further damage.

In frustration, this week I contacted the demo mob and suggested that we could sneak in when no-one was looking, remove the roofing iron and salvage our gear.  While they were thinking about it, some of our guys got in and got the job done today. The demo company have been told they can have access to the site as and from Monday. Sometimes, you just have to push back.

The pictures show the site after the roofing was removed and before we got our stuff out. We have yet to assess what is recoverable and what isn't.  The fire was hot enough to bow large cast iron wheels and cause the spring steel seat mounting on the Fordson to droop down to the transmission, just under the weight of the tin seat base.
Title: Re: Moruya Club Engine Shed.
Post by: wee-allis on 23 April, 2020, 08:44:01 pm

This lot didn't attach.
Title: Re: Moruya Club Engine Shed.
Post by: cobbadog on 23 April, 2020, 09:25:56 pm
Sounds like the hand had to be quicker than the eye with the demo mob.
It is so sad to see the ruins and that is from someone who doesn't have anything there never mind if you were an owner of it.