Clydesdales pulling wagons laden with beer are the oldest form of delivery in Australia. They delivered beer commercially, as late as the 1950s, after being replaced by motorised transport.
The two-horse team regularly delivers to licensed outlets in both city and country areas. While the six-horse team travels across the country for a variety of events like major agricultural shows including the Sydney Royal Easter Show the Brisbane Royal Show and the Melbourne Royal Show.
An award winning timber pavilion complete with upper level function room at Sydney's Royal Agricultural Society Showground at Sydney Olympic Park, is the permanent home of Carlton's Clydesdales.
The bold expression of heavy timbers and joint details that make up the ten-stable pavilion is in sympathy with the massive size of the Clydesdale itself.
Much of the timber was recovered from old buildings and structures including Birkenhead Wharf, Pyrmont Wharf, Grace Bros in Broadway, and Customs Bond Store at Botany.
A unique feature of the pavilion is a stained glass window showing the Clydesdale team pulling a traditional wagon. It was designed and leaded in the traditional way by a local artist, using more than 1500 separate pieces of hand-made coloured glass.
Harness and Wagons
The entire harness is crafted from leather. It takes up to three sides of top quality hide and two months in the making. Naturally, the harness is fully adjustable. Each horse has its own collar that's perfectly shaped to the neck and shoulder, creating an individual fit essential for comfort while working.
The two-horse delivery lorry has a flat tray making it easy to load and unload both packaged beer and kegs for delivery to hotels, bottle shops, and clubs.
The six-horse delivery lorry, was built in 1988 as a completely new vehicle. Crafted from Spotted gum, Red gum, and Hardwood, it's an impressive looking wagon loaded with 36 oak barrels. And all three and half tonnes come to grinding halt with rear wheel hub brakes.
Victoria or 'VB', the Dalmatian mascot, rides high on the wagon with the Teamster and Grooms, bearing the traditional role of the coach dog. The Guardian of the Wheel started her career with Carlton in March 1997 at the age of 8 months.