Tram museum seeks volunteers

THE BALLARAT Tram Museum is seeking more volunteers as tram restorations get under way.

Restorations are being done on one of Ballarat’s first electric trams from 1905, which Ballarat Tram Museum vice-president Paul Mong said is in need of some helping hands.

“Currently a couple of trams need restoring so we are in need of people with some carpentry skills,” he said.

“You can work at your own accord, it’s very flexible, you can work as much or as little as you like.”

Mr Mong said the museum are not only looking for volunteers to help restore trams, but also seeking volunteers to conduct and drive the trams as well as run museum tours and maintain archive collections.

“You don’t need to be an enthusiast, there are lots of areas to get involved with,” he said. 

“There are lots of people, those who are semi-retired and retired looking for work, this would be perfect for them.”

Volunteer coordinator Geoff Gardner said people of all ages have the chance to join the team of volunteers. 

“It is a great place to socialise and interact with visitors by being a driver and conductor or you can get your hands dirty by maintaining and restoring our trams and infrastructure.”

An 1887 horse tram which has been restored by volunteers at the museum will be running in the Botanical Gardens on Australia Day.

The number one horse tram that took seven years to restore was the first of a fleet of 15 to travel along Sturt Street in the 1880s. 

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