“It’s part of a timber jinker”, said a lady who noticed me looking at the massive old piece of equipment in front of the Department of Environment and Resource Management.
Now, I knew what the word “timber” meant, but I’d never heard of a “jinker” So, it was off to my best friend, Google, when I got home. Here I found that they were used to move timber from where it was felled, to a sawmill. They were usually made of red gum, a really tough type of hard wood. The wheels were also wooden, and an iron rim was added when the wood started to crack and wear.
The jinker was pulled by a team of horses, or more usually, bullocks. The blokes who handled the teams of bullocks were called bullockies.
This old timber jinker has links with the mural on the Grand Hotel, which is featured in this post: