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(5 pictures)
Picture relating to Mareeba - titled 'Sentinel steam trucks hauling logs in Mareeba, ca.1935'
Picture relating to Blackwater - titled 'Sandalwood loaded on a truck in Blackwater, 1935'
Picture relating to Nebo - titled 'First horse float through Nebo, ca. 1935'
Picture relating to Hamilton - titled 'Building a retaining wall on Kingsford Smith Drive, Hamilton, Brisbane, ca. 1935'
Picture relating to Burleigh Heads - titled 'Smashed car on the back of a truck at Burleigh Heads, 1935'

Sentinel steam trucks hauling logs in Mareeba, ca.1935

contributed by QldPics, taken in 1935
(contact QldPics about this picture)

These timber trucks, owned by Lawson's timberyard in Mareeba, north Queensland, are Sentinel DG series steam wagons of 5-7 tons load capacity. They are called 'undertypes' since the steam engine is mounted under the body, close to the chain drive. The boiler is a vertical type at the front of the open (and probably hot!) driver's cab, probably burning essentially free wood waste for economy of operation, but could also be set up to burn coal. Note the steam issuing from the pipe at the base of the boiler. The trucks in the photograph were manufactured around 1930-1933, as they have pneumatic tyres but retain chain drive and have no headlamps. The roadster 'overtaking' is a Standard 'Nine' (4 cyl. sidevalve, 1,3 litre) probably an Australian assembled 1933 model.

This picture is also part of the Bonzle Fire and Bushfires (open in new window) photo collection.