When I was a kid, one of the favourite school holiday pastimes was the building of a billy-cart and the subsequent racing of it down the nearest hill - the steeper the better. The day I had my sister in the cart with me and we lost a rear wheel during a race still lives in my memory. She jumped out of the cart after we had jarred to a stop and ran after the wheel which had careered off without us. Unfortunately there was another billy-cart right behind us, and it knocked my sister over onto the bitumen road. Result for her - bruises and grazed knees. Result for me - bruises to the buttocks from the "lesson" I learned later. My mother wanted to impress on me that my sister might have been hit by a motor-car instead of a billy-cart. Here's a picture of a billy-cart. This one is a proper one, and it shows how the name originated. It is being pulled by a "billy goat" and it is chauffeuring some kids past the Waterloo Bay Hotel at Wynnum. The photo was taken sometime around 1915 when the licencee was Robert Connell - his name can be seen above the name of the hotel.(Photo: State Library of Queensland and John Oxley Library; #183257)
The Waterloo Bay Hotel was built in 1889 by a Mr George Gibbs, a stonemason from England. He was granted the licence to the hotel after its completion, and so he became a publican. Gibbs owned the hotel until ill-health forced him to sell it in 1892. The hotel was extended in 1918 to designs by architect GHM Addison, and here is a photo of it from 1940.(Photo: State Library of Queensland and John Oxley Library; #183528)
The Waterloo Bay is still a popular bayside watering-hole down at Wynnum. The hotel's web site gives details of its current list of attractions, and here is a picture of the way it looks these days.(Photo: © 2010 the foto fanatic)
And, dear reader, there is still the occasional "billy-cart" around the tff household - at the request of mrs tff! This is the type she favours - the luscious Billecart-Salmon champagne. It's much less dangerous than the other one! And, I'm sure you can buy it at the Waterloo Bay Hotel!
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