Volunteers of the Sydney Bus Museum have been working tirelessly every Wednesday and Saturday for five years to reopen the vintage bus exhibition at the restored tram sheds in Leichhardt.
Formerly located in Tempe, General Manager of the museum, David Bennett says the collection of 70 vintage buses will be ready to open in the second half of this year.
Totally run on donations, the opening of the Museum would not have be possible without a little help from some friends.
Design Collective, a group of Inner West designers, florists and illustrators mustered funds for the museum using it as the site of a collaborative photo shoot.
Founder of the collective, Enmore local Ruth Tate, said the tram sheds provided a particularly moody aesthetic to the photographs.
The museum is still in great need of funds to curate the collection, as well as mechanic and retail volunteers from the local area.
David Bennett hopes the Museum will help revive Leichhardt’s people-pull.
“It will be a real nostalgic centre to visit and will attract people from outside the Sydney area,” he said.
“We are hoping have to vintage buses connecting the city and Balmain and maybe even running up Norton Street, so we think it’s a good opportunity for businesses in the area tapping into that vintage appeal.”
You can find out more about the Sydney Bus Museum at: www.sydneybusmuseum.info. Design Collective will be holding their biannual show at 7 Wemyss St, Enmore from 10am-5pm this Saturday March 28th.
Photo credit: Mike Mamak