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Fancy blue Sulky

c. 1920

Sulkies, such as this one, being light and easy to manage and usually drawn by smaller horses with gentle dispositions, were generally used by ladies.

It is a lovely example of a sulky used by genteel ladies of the era.

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The Sulky was originally a light, open, one-horse, four-wheeled vehicle with its single seat for only one person fixed on its shafts. It is thought to have been invented in the early 19th century by an English physician and was supposedly named for his sulkiness in wishing to sit alone. The sulky was adapted to two wheels and widely used by doctors and others who had to travel extensively by themselves.



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This sulky was used in Donnybrook in the 1920’s for town trips and visiting friends but sulkies like this one would also have been used by the ladies of Busselton.

c. 1920
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Fancy blue Sulky
Fancy blue sulky
Horse & Sulky belonging to Higgins family, Group 60,  Metricup
Horse & Sulky belonging to Higgins family, Group 60, Metricup. Photo 550 from BHS Archive