Old Fernvale Bakery's own slice of history
THE Old Fernvale Bakery has got its hands on a slice of history, with a 1911 Ford Model T baker's van arriving last week.
Owner Bill Rose bought it from fellow baking family, the Waacks in Victoria, who wanted to keep it in the hands of someone in the industry after deciding to move it on.
Mr Rose said it had already made a big impression on customers.
"As soon as people see it they want to go up and touch it,” Mr Rose said.
"As soon as they realise what it is, everybody wants to go up and look, it is a piece of history.
"It's been here almost a week and it's still having an impact on me.”
One 89-year-old visitor had especially fond memories on seeing the vehicle.
"I think she said her first boyfriend took her out in an old (Model T Ford),” Mr Rose laughed.
"The younger generation just want to be part of it as well, because it's history - there's a lot to like about it.”
The veteran vehicle is a boost to the bakery's effort to raise $40,000 before Easter for the Children's Hospital Foundation.
On top of donating $1 from every pack of hot cross buns sold towards the cause, the bakery has started holding online auctions each Wednesday for a number of first release gourmet buns.
Mr Rose urged businesses to get more involved.
"The auctions are a little disappointing,” he said.
"I have high expectations of what people should be doing... we want them to support the Children's Hospital Foundation. That's what it's all about.”
To get involved, visit the Old Fernvale Bakery Facebook page.