A Pederick Gas producer has been donated to the Rushworth Museum by Mr Ray Whiteacre of Rushworth,.
Ray operated a cartage business in Rushworth for many years
This Gas producer was mounted to the front bumper bar of his Bedford truck which he used to deliver goods and fuel in the Seymour and Rushworth Districts. This was when fuel was in very short supply and it was rationed during World War 11.
All fuel was carted by the Victorian Railways to fuel depots, which were in all Major Country Towns it was then distributed to Service station, farm’s and essential services, by cartage contractors.
The Gas Producer which burnt Charcoal to produced a gas which was enough to run the truck, the motor would be started on petrol and when there was enough gas it would be switched over to the gas supply. Once the charcoal was burnt the driver was required to stop and refill the hopper with fresh charcoal and start all over again.
Ray told me that the Charcoal which was made from the Rushworth Ironbark timber, was a much better quality then the charcoal produced from Red Gum Timber.
With the rising price of fuel today, maybe we may have to convert back to the old gas Producers??
Ray convened on to me a story that when he drove his Truck into the Fuel depot in Seymour he was required to leave his tobacco and matches at the gate, But his Gas producer would be operating near red hot he said it was lucky that Seymour was not blown off the map if the fuel stored at the depot was ignited..
Attached is a Operators instruction on how the Gas producer was operated.
So next time you are near the Museum why not call in and view the Pederick Gas Producer