Pearn's Steam World

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Dan L
Bunbury, Australia6,668 contributions
If you want a trip down memory lane then you should visit Pearn's Steam World. Its an extensive collection of steam engines, stationery motors, tractors, etc. from the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The collection was assembled by the Pearn brothers from machinery used in their 80 year involvement in the farm contracting business and sourced from other agriculture and rural businesses throughout Tasmania. Exciting for me to view equipment similar to that used on the family farm in the 1950's. Happy memories. The display is extensive, both under cover and outdoors. Enthusiastic volunteers are on hand to answer questions, each exhibit is well signed and the introductory brochure contains details and history of a selection of the major display items. Enjoyed a ride on the mini train before we departed.
Written 15 May 2022
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Mixedtraveller
Hobart, Australia725 contributions
Family
Great BUT you need to advertise or display that you have TRAIN RIDES. I think if you advertised this and had it well displayed I stress of hiding behind bushes you would get A LOT MORE FAMILIES - we have driven past many many times but didn’t go in as we thought it would be too boring for our son. We all really enjoyed it. Keep up the great work friendly volunteers
Written 29 January 2022
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Pieter v
Traralgon South, Australia34 contributions
Friends
Went here during the week and spent 2 hours wandering around and looking at the machines
Great people to rank to more than happy to spend the time exploring different items each
Kids might get bored quick but if the train is running that will help keep them amused
Great to see that people are serious about restoring and keeping heritage alive
Well done to all the volunteers
Written 27 March 2021
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Seymour, Australia47,483 contributions
This site boasts the biggest collection of Steam Engines in the Southern Hemisphere. It is very prominent on the main road as you drive through Westbury...so it's easy to find. There is also heaps of car parking available.

I arrived late in the day and I was the only person there at the time, so I paid my entry fee and headed in. Have you ever wondered what it would be like for a toy doll...say Barbie or Ken, to be thrown into the toy box at the end of the day... ??!? Well this is what it's a bit like. Although it felt like it was a young boy's toy box... all things mechanical. :)

It's really quite interesting learning about the history of steam and there is a massive range as they promised on the advertising. The volunteers were really happy to answer any questions I had ...in fact half my time here was spent talking to them about their latest project.

And why the name? Pearn? The Pearn family agricultural contracting business operated for over 80 years in the Westbury district.

It makes for some interesting time spent... but allow yourself at least a few hours here ... as there is a hell of a lot to look at.
Written 22 February 2021
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Ed T
Stony Plain, Canada108 contributions
Couples
Very cool selection of old tractors and farm equipment. Steam powered and fuel powered. Nice people there to answer questions or find the answer if they don't know. Low price. Nice time.
Written 22 January 2020
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Mike Taylor
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Any machinery enthusiast will be fascinated by the large collection of vintage machinery. I could have spent all day there.
Written 24 November 2019
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Jodiewaterfall1969
Simpson, Australia20 contributions
Great little place with a lot of machinery restored with fact sheets. Easy to locate and most is under cover.
Written 2 July 2019
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Phil H
Brisbane, Australia28 contributions
Couples
I admit to being fascinated by steam engines but this exceeded my expectations. Geoff made us welcome and was happy to chat and show us around. Apart from many fantastic steam engines there were items from his family history, a rotating fridge and a washing machine that uses a mechanical dolly to name a couple. Dave was also happy to chip in with some history on the Harry Ferguson tractors. A train ride around the grounds was fun for the kids (not ours). A very interesting couple of hours and well worth a visit.
Written 10 May 2019
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Peter D
Cairns, Australia19 contributions
Couples
This collection and display show insight by the Pearn family to preserve the equipment that helped make the nation. A lot of the equipment has been restored some is used at some events and some is under restoration. A huge job but well worth the visit, there is also a scaled down train ride the circuits the buildings for the kids but we didn't see it operating.
Worth the visit to see so much of our mechanical history in one place.
Written 24 January 2019
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cyclinghobo
25 contributions
Friends
We visited Pearns Steam World on their annual Steam Up. There were working steam engines, steam train rides and model steam engine rides. Pearns was also celebrating the Massey Ferguson tractor with a large number of tractors from across the era of the Massey Ferguson. Pearns has recognised that now everyone wants to look at vintage and veteran machinery and has developed themed displays on specific topics around the venue. These include the role of women in developing agriculture, threshing grain , disease control and the story of the Pearn family. The collection is the best in the Southern Hemisphere. Don't miss it when you go through Westbury.
Written 5 November 2018
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