"I painted it up brightly and wrote signs and decorated it to make it attractive to the public. I called myself “The Sharpening King”, thinking this would attract more business and make life a bit easier.” Harold Wright, 1957
In the early 1930’s Harold Wright took to the road in a horse drawn wagonette. He travelled with his wife Jean and daughter Evelyn through Eastern Australia until 1969.
One side of the wagon housed a wide range of sharpening tools and devices. The other side was set aside for domestic appliances and tools. The wagon is now in the National Museum of Australia Collection.
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Film by Raimond DeWeerdt, Karlie Hawking, Chris Pidd, and Jenni Munday, featuring Dennis Shephard, Ian Cramer, Neil Ramsay.
Project Director: Malcolm McKinnon.
Project Coordinator: Karlie Hawking.
Project Assistance from National Museum Australia: Adam Blackshaw
Produced in partnership with National Museum Australia.
Archival video reproduced with kind permission of the National Museum Australia. Archival still images reproduced with kind permission of Peter and Wyn Herry, and the National Museum Australia.
This video was created as part of the Murray Arts “Stories of the Upper Murray” project, with assistance from the Commonwealth Government’s Regional Arts Fund, Regional Arts Victoria, National Museum of Australia, City of Wodonga, Shire of Towong, and Museums Australia (Victoria).
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