Diesel donation

FROM generating power on Hayman Island to pumping water on Doug Ashton's property, this old diesel engine has done a mountain of work.

Now it's finally time for it to be preserved.

Thursday Doug, from Dingo, owner of Rockhampton's Ashton Engineering, donated the vintage 1955 300 horse-power, nine-foot high Lincoln Ruston engine to the Rockhampton Heritage Village.

Doug's two sons, Jack and Paul, and other family members were at the Village yesterday where Doug was presented with a certificate of appreciation from Rockhampton Regional Council.

Doug purchased the engine in 1997 for $5000 and set it up on his cattle property, near the Mackenzie River, as a power unit for an irrigation pump.

The engine had been one of two or three used to generate power on Hayman Island.

“It's important for the young people to see how times have changed,” he said.

Doug's son Paul said the engine still worked, with the volunteers at the Heritage Village cleaning it and making it “as good as new”.

Deputy Mayor Rose Swadling, who presented the certificate, said the Ashton family had been a long time supporter in the community and had made a significant contribution.

“The Ashton family have had a long presence in Rockhampton and had a long history of a family who believes in preserving the history of Rockhampton,” she said.

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