Ancient History of Wheelbarrows

Amirmasoud Tamadoni

Wheelbarrows as a design have been around for a long time. An early Han Dynasty wall shows Chinese labourers struggling with a load using a single free wheeling platform already not far from our present day concepts. These were used to move around weapons and people! In some, sails were used to help momentum, although it would be interesting to experiment with how stable this would be...it would be more suitable for medium distance travel than around a building site In Ancient Greece they were used to move building materials. Medieval Europe saw the first ones in around the year...

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Harry the Wheelbarrow Man

Harry the Wheelbarrow Man

Amirmasoud Tamadoni

Harry Townsend is a keen gardener and has appeared on Radio helping field questions on various gardening programs. He has also pushed a wheelbarrow across New Zealand for a very good reason. He set up the charity Myfanwy Townsend Melanoma Research Fund in 1999 after his wife Myfanwy died of Melanoma. He has since dedicated his waking hours to raising awareness and as much money as possible to help prevent this cancer destroying other lives and families. In 2004 Harry walked 800 miles in 68 days, from one end of the North Island of New Zealand to the other with...

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