German Wagon 2


This four-wheeled vehicle is easily constructed with minimum iron work and no springs. It has four upright standards set into the ends of the cross support timbers over the axle beds. Attached to the standards are the distinctive slatted sides which angle outwards and are readily removed providing numerous adaptations. There is a hand brake on the near side.


Pale green body and faded pink undercarriage; the ironwork is black.


These vehicles were brought to South Australia by the first German settlers in the 1840s and to south-east Queensland in the1860s. They were found on many farms in the district carrying all manner of produce, timber and even passengers.

Painted by the Queensland Museum in the late 1960s to represent faded colours of a working vehicle, though a red/blue colour scheme would have been more common on the Darling Downs.



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