A piece of Benalla’s history is being brought back to life by volunteers at the Men’s Shed with a project to restore the old Bertalli’s horse-drawn bread cart.
The cart, which was used by Dick Bertalli, grandfather of current Bertalli’s Bakery Owner Andrew, was a fixture on Benalla’s streets decades ago.
‘‘It was kept in the old stable behind what was the bakery on the corner of Carrier St and Church St, where the vets are now,’’ Andrew Bertalli said.
‘‘It’s a bit before my time. I don’t even remember seeing it in the shed, but Dad knew all about it. It was how we delivered bread back then.
‘‘One thing I do know is the delivery guys did not like having to round the horses up in the morning.’’
Roman Kaminski, who is secretary of the Men’s shed and involved in the restoration said the project was an exciting one.
‘‘One chap here at the shed remembers the cart driver calling out, ‘BREADO... BREADO, buy your BREADO’,’’ Mr Kaminski said.
‘‘Like a lot of people he remembers when milk came in bottles and was delivered to your doorstep with bread in the early mornings.’’
Andrew said he was ‘‘over the moon’’ as the old cart is not so much simply Bertalli’s history, but a part of Benalla’s history, which belongs to the whole community.
‘‘It’s not my horse and cart, it’s Benalla’s. The work being done by the guys at the men’s shed is amazing and I hope it ends up displayed somewhere in town where everyone can appreciate it,’’ he said.
‘‘And it’s just great to see the enjoyment in these guys eyes. It’s unreal as they’ve got a project that belongs to Benalla that people can enjoy.
‘‘It was great to see the expression on their faces, it was like excited kids.’’