You have a PTC 30 Memory?
in Australia may remember PTC#30 as "the Luna Park merry-go-round".
In Australia and America this was the ride's traditional name. The
word carousel is derived from the French "carrousel" and
Italian "carosello" where knights engaged in tournaments
and chariot races. On PTC#30's rounding boards is the manufacturer's
sign showing the word spelt with two rs.
been turning at Luna Park for nearly eighty years. At least three
generations of Australians remember the carousel and riding its
lifelike horses. In 1923, aged nine, Violet Larter rode the carousel.
It was the year the carousel arrived at Luna Park. She is pictured
at right in a photo taken by her father, George Lonsdale, an amateur
photographer. Violet, now aged 87, remembered him saying "get
on the still one and I'll take your photo". However, Violet's
favourite horses were the "ones that went up and down",
She didn't like the chariots . "I never wanted to sit on them,
they were too mundane. I liked to be on a horse".
on Violet's photo and see her again on the same standing horse in
Luna Park has
been relaunched with new attractions and rides on a number of occasions.
The poster at right announced the "Gala Opening" on Saturday
September 24, 1938, for Luna Park's silver anniversary. It
was discovered under the lino floor covering in a house in Hawthorn,
Melbourne. If you have any memorabilia related to the PTC#30 Carousel
or Luna Park, we would love to see it here at Equus Art. Stories
or memories of the carousel would also be welcome for inclusion
on the website. Photos etc. entered on this site will of course
be acknowledged if you wish.
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