All hands to the pump

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Aeroview function venue owners Peter and Larraine McQuarters are after the old petrol pumps that once graced Mid Canterbury service stations.

Many, when no longer in commercial use, ended up on farms.

Aeroview is keen to flush them out.

The function venue already has many historical items – including a restored bowser which has pride of place in front of “Arthur Oily Wraggs’s Garage”. Also being restored is a 1920s Pallo Carbox hand pump.

The pumps had brand names such as Palometer, Gilbarco, Avery-Hardoll, Vickers, Beckmeter and Hawke.

Mr McQuarters said they were not fussy about condition and realised that after decades, old pumps may not hold much interest, but they could offer hard-to-find bits to complete another.

The pumps are wanted to build on what they already have. Venue guests always comment about the yesteryear gear on display, including the old Mayfield telephone exchange (retired in the 1970s), an early Marconi television camera used by the NZBC and dozens of valve radios and cameras.

Aeroview – as its name suggests, overlooks the Ashburton airfield – is a popular venue for all types of events, and Larraine has just been granted a licence to work as a marriage celebrant.