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Drop Axle Spring Cart

c. 1920

An Australian spring cart was a simple cart designed for carrying goods and did not have seating for driver or passengers. The driver usually sat on the sacks or goods carried. The shafts were wider than usual to accommodate a draught horse or a part bred one.

A dropped axle is where the vehicle axle is bent upwards towards the ends i.e. the centre is dropped. This design gives the advantages of lowering the centre of gravity to improve stability and allowing the use of larger wheels to provide a smoother ride over a rough surface.

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The State Implement and Engineering Works were established in Fremantle in 1913. They were a major employer with several hundred employees which made most of the farming implements and transport vehicles used in Western Australia until they became the State Engineering Works in about 1942.



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Spring Carts were very popular on dairy farms for carting milk and cream cans. This one dates from the 1920s and was possibly made by the State Engineering Works, which were then known as the State Implement and Engineering Works.

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c. 1920
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Drop Axle Spring Cart
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