Menangle fair milks village’s dairy history

Puffy skirts, polka dots and milkshakes will pay homage to the heydays of milk production in Menangle at a fun charity event.

The Menangle Community Association will hold the Menangle Milk-Shake Up on Sunday, September 17 to remember the town’s history and to raise money to maintain its unique buildings.

The event will transport locals back to a time when Menangle was a private village of the Macarthur family.

The Macarthurs excelled in milk production by establishing a creamery and the famous rotolactor, which was a 1950s state-of-the-art milking carousel.

The nearby railway line allowed fresh milk to be transported to Sydney daily.

Association chairman Hans-Lothar Huhn said locals had positive memories of the 1950s milking era in Menangle.

“The event will remind us of a glorious time when the rotolactor was in operation,” he said. “We want people to feel like they have travelled back in time.”

The “little country fair” will include history displays, market stalls, refreshments and music with the help of volunteers who will be dressed in 1950s costumes.

The event will be held in front of the old Menangle school to highlight the conditions of the historic buildings in the town.

“We want to raise money so we can preserve and hopefully repair the old buildings,” Mr Huhn said.

He said maintaining the school was the association’s first priority then the community hall.

For more information, visit: Menangle Milk-Shake Up on Facebook.