billy cartsPosted: January 17, 2012
The billy-goat cart, shortened to billy cart, was one of Australia’s favourite make-yourself-amusements. Sydney’s Powerhouse Museum has a billycart in its collection and a comprehensive historical background is available in the object’s Statement of Significance. A couple of articles from the 1930s appear below. I can’t help feeling less than warm towards the ‘socially important resident’ whose influence on Parliament might put a stop to some fun in the streets of Elizabeth Bay. Australian Women’s Weekly – 10 February 1934. I love that the police were foiled from solving billy cart crime because the kids weren’t moving the stolen goods on. Sydney Morning Herald – 26 May 1932
Unfortunately though, many newspaper reports about billy carts are of injuries and fatalities that occurred as a result of collisions with motor vehicles or falls off fast moving carts.