On the banks of the Edward River in the Riverina district of New South Wales stands this tribute to an icon of country Australia – the ute.
A ute, originally known as a utility, is a vehicle which can carry passengers in the front and goods in the back. In 1932 a Victorian farmer’s wife wrote to the Ford Motor Company of Australia asking for a vehicle in which she could go to church on a Sunday while her husband took the pigs to market on a Monday. Ford obliged and the first ute was released in 1934.
Since then the ute has become synonymous with rural Australia, although it’s not just country boys who are passionate about these vehicles.
This famous ute is in the town of Deniliquin, home of the Deni Ute Muster and holder of the World record for the largest gathering of utes in the world. This year’s Ute Muster will take place on 3rd and 4th October.