A Man, A Whip and A Wagonette

Tuesday, Jun 17, 2014 at 18:32

Baz - The Landy

Photos and Story: Baz - The Landy

A little while back I penned a blog titled “We can't let our old bushmen die” which covered the opening of the old Hancock’s Store in Murringo.

The store is a tribute to Syd Bayliss, a true man of the Australian Bush, and was lovingly restored to its former glory by two people of great vision, Richard and Leah Taubman.

I'll leave you to read the blog, which is on ExplorOz, by clicking here.

The purpose of this post is to highlight a recent article titled "Cedric Alfred (Syd) Bayliss" in the January edition of Australian Family Tree Connections, a monthly publication, written by Tricia Mack, the local Murringo historian.

In his early days Syd Bayliss travelled extensively throughout Queensland and the Northern Territory selling his leather goods from a Wagonette, in fact I understand he had two over the years.

Richard and Leah have been searching for Syd’s old wagonette as they would dearly love to own and restore it as a further tribute to Syd.

They are hoping that someone may have heard of it, or know what might have become of the wagonette – of course the best outcome is that someone has it tucked away in an old shearing shed, gathering dust somewhere.

If you have any information that you feel might be useful, please post it here and I will be sure to pass it on to this wonderful couple or make contact with them at a facebook page Taubman & Webb Trading Post.

Richard and Leah are travelling at this time in the very areas that Syd trod a path, selling their wares from a modern day version of the old wagonette. A visit to the facebook page will provide more details on the trip if you would like to catch up with them...

And if you are ever travelling in the Central West of New South Wales, around the Young and Murringo region, be sure to drop into the Trading Post in the main street of Murringo and say hello to Richard and Leah. They are true visionaries with a love of the Australian Bush, and in my mind, they are the sort of people that truly make our country a great place to live in...

Just in case you were wondering “Baz – The Landy” came about as a consequence of owning three Land Rover Defenders, but as you can see this has now changed...

And yes, thank you, I've recovered fully from the experience!

But “Baz – The Landy” reference has stuck...!

Cheers, Baz – The Landy, Outback Australia…
“Those who don’t think
it can be done shouldn’t
bother the person doing it…”
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