Doctors Buggy and Horse Display
This display is composed of a reproduction 1920s Doctor’s Buggy and a hand-made model horse.
A buggy is an Americanised term for a light, simple, two-person carriage with a folding or falling top. They were common from the late 18th to early 20th centuries and were drawn by one or sometimes two horses. They were also called a roadster or a trap and generally made with two wheels.
The reproduction Buggy was built by local Busselton man Richard (Dick) Hanmer at his Ambergate farm in the 1990’s. For many years Dick competed with this buggy, pulled by his 15 hand buckskin gelding Sol, in the Harness Horse section at Agricultural Shows and equestrian events, where they won many prizes. After Dick’s death, his family donated the ribbons they won and these ribbons are on display behind the carriage.
Malcolm Paine, who was the resident Blacksmith at the Museum for many years, purchased this buggy from Dick Hanmer and donated it to the Museum. The horse pulling the carriage in this display was made by Malcolm with the assistance of other members of the Busselton Historical Society