More about the Geelong Carousel
The Geelong Carousel started its life in 19tha century New York, the horss hand-carved Dare horses. The Armitage-Herschell Company manufactured the Carousel in 1892. It came to Australia and was located at the Mordialloc Carnival from 1920 to to 1950s. (Eh? I've been on it then, as we holidayed in Mordiallic one year!) It was finally dismantled and left in a paddock at far away Echuca (on the Murray River), and eventually auctioned and stored at Castlemaine.
A vintage car restorer Rick Furlong bought it and the City of Greater Geelong engaged him to organize the restoration project. It took two years as forty layers of paint were scraped back to reveal the original colours. 24 of the horses are the originals and the two chariots are replicas based on originals in America.
The Carousel is located at the Geelong Watefront these days. There is also a replica of the organ of a Gavioli and Co Band Organ circa 1898 which has its own set of drums and a glockenspiel as part of its mechanics.