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Horsedrawn stripper harvesters, c1884-1914

This black-and-white photograph shows teams of horsedrawn stripper harvesters in a large unharvested wheat field. The Nicholson and Morrow stripper harvester in the centre of the image is harnessed to four horses and controlled by a driver sitting directly behind them. Similar stripper harvesters can be seen nearby. All ...


Wagon loaded with wheat, 1880-1900

This is a black-and-white photograph from a silver gelatin dry-plate glass negative, attributed to George Bell and produced by the studio of Charles Kerry and Co, Sydney. It shows a horsedrawn wagon at Narromine railway station, fully loaded with bags of wheat. The cart is harnessed to ten horses. Two men face each other ...

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Where does bread come from?

Do you know where your bread comes from? Discover how many other foods can be made from wheat flour. This clip tells the story of wheat from the farm to the factory. See how the big machines in a flour mill make flour from grains of wheat.

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Tough times in the wheatbelt

Just north of Dubbo in New South Wales lies a town called Walgett, a rural town that relies on wheat farming. This clip reveals the effects of prolonged drought, showing how the community of Walgett was suffering in 2003. While things looked grim, find out what one good season could do.


Growing wheat in 19th- and 20th-century Australia

This collection of 15 digital curriculum resources focuses on the work involved in growing wheat in 19th- and 20th-century Australia. It contains five sections - clearing land; ploughing and sowing; harvesting; the Sunshine harvester; and the effect of drought. The collection includes photographs, images of machinery and ...


Ploughing for wheat and harvesting

This is an excerpt from an Australian silent documentary about wheat farming near Aldinga in South Australia. It shows ploughing and harvesting, using horse-drawn and motorised farm equipment.


Making hay using tractors

This is an excerpt from an Australian silent documentary about wheat farming near Aldinga in South Australia. The film uses wheat farming to highlight the changing farming methods of South Australia's staple agricultural industry as tractors become more commonplace. It shows men gathering sheaves that a tractor-drawn harvester ...


The port of Geraldton

This is an excerpt from a 6-minute silent documentary entitled 'The new nor' west', showing the port of Geraldton, Western Australia. It was filmed in 1929. The excerpt opens with an intertitle, which reads 'The Port is young but the district's rich yield of wool and wheat attracts the maritime envoys of overseas trade'. ...


Storing the harvester, 1884-1917

This is a black-and-white photograph from a silver gelatin dry-plate glass negative, produced by the studio of Charles Kerry and Co, Sydney. It shows a 'Sunshine' stripper-harvester, with the name 'Hugh V. McKay' inscribed on it, being moved by two men and three young boys into storage in a hay shed. A young girl is sitting ...


Sunshine header harvester

This is a coloured graphic depicting the harvester comb of a Sunshine header harvester, a device invented by Headley Shipard Taylor (1883-1957) and patented in 1913. It shows the dark, jagged comb that separates grain stalks prior to cutting off their heads. Two dark bands attach the comb to the rest of the harvester, which ...


Wheat farming in 'The golden west', 1929

This is an excerpt from the short film 'The golden west', made in 1929 to commemorate the centenary of British settlement of Western Australia. The excerpt begins with an elaborate intertitle on which are overlaid the words: 'Every year additional / thousands of acres are / brought under cultivation.' The excerpt contains ...


Loading wheat at Roseworthy Agricultural College, c1920

This is a black-and-white photograph from about 1920 showing four men at Roseworthy Agricultural College in South Australia tossing and stacking wheat sheaths onto a platform on a horse-drawn wagon. There is a wooden frame at the rear of the platform to prevent the sheaths falling. The wagon has large, spoked, wooden wheels ...


Sunshine stripper harvester, 1884

This is a Sunshine stripper harvester, the design of which was developed by Hugh Victor McKay on his father's property at Drummartin, Victoria, in 1884. The harvester has three wheels, one at the front and two at the back. It is designed to strip, thresh and clean wheat grain. It is painted in brown and yellow, and features ...


A Nation is Built, 1938: Reaping the harvests of history

This black-and-white clip shows wheat being harvested by tractor-drawn machines, while the narrator says that Australians are now 'reaping the harvests' of the hard work and foresight of the nation's pioneers. Images of the wheat harvest are superimposed over footage of William Farrer, played by an actor, talking about ...


New Holland combine harvester

This is a twin-rotor combine harvester, shown unloading grain into a large truck in a newly harvested wheat field. The grain is being transferred from a tank on top of the tractor into the truck bed through a pipe known as an unloading augur. The header that cuts the wheat can be seen at the front of the combine, while ...


Wheat Harvesting with Reaper and Binder at Jimbour, Qld, 1899

This clip shows a farmer on a horse-drawn Buckeye Mower and Reaper, harvesting wheat. Men walk alongside the machine, stacking the sheaves (bundles) of wheat in neat rows. A child and dog can also be seen playing among the sheaves. The footage, which is silent and black and white, was shot at Jimbour in Queensland's Darling ...


Factory to Farm, c1925: Benefits of mechanical harvesting

This silent black-and-white clip shows a hay or grain crop being reaped and bound into sheaves first by hand and then by machine. A man in late-19th-century dress is shown cutting the crop with a scythe while a group of women dressed for the same period collect and bundle the stalks into sheaves. An intertitle that reads ...

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BBSRC: an international vision for wheat improvement

This is a video accompanied by detailed text and still images describing the vision for the Wheat Initiative, an international consortium of public institutions and private companies created to coordinate global wheat research and contribute to global food security, arising from the 2011 action plan of the G20 Agricultural ...


Researchers find grain's memory gene

This brief ABC News in Science article from 2009 gives an excellent example of responses of plants to temperature change and current Australian science. Plants use a genetic memory to recognise when it is spring and can even count the number of cold days.

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From Paddock to Plate

Discover where our food comes from and how it gets to our table. Explore farming practices and the processes involved in producing familiar food products. Use video clips to investigate the biological needs of food crops and farm animals. Explore the diversity of foods that may be produced from a range of agricultural produce.