Physical description

Set of two newspaper clippings pasted onto a single sheet of paper with two Punch holes on the left hand side.

First clipping from The Age, p4, dated May 31, 1971 of the setting up of the BTPS by a group of young people the previous day. Has photo of a group taking a photo of the driver (Mr. Les Bird) holding the trolley pole rope. Notes that they hope to keep six trams going, tram to be operated on a voluntary basis similar to Puffing Billy, many of the group were Melbourne students and that the Ballarat contingent was consciously small. The first cutting also has a small piece on the top edge, cut out from the same newspaper referring to the article on page 4, titled "TRAMS". (Source newspaper advised by Alan Bradley 5/7/02 and updated).

Second is from The Courier, Ballarat, 8/6/1971, about a Murray River paddle steamer company writing to the City of Ballaarat offering to undertake a feasibility study and discuss with Council the operation of pleasure craft on Lake Wendouree, Also mentions the establishment of the BTPS and its proposals and its letter to Council.

See Reg, Item 2487 for print of photograph supplied by the AGE newspaper July 2002.

Second copy from donation of the Tom Murray Estate added 20-11-2016. Full image of newspaper article added as image i2.

See also Reg Item 7033 for other photographs and tramcar notes.

Inscriptions & markings

In red ink on the second cutting, below the first paragraph "8-6-71"