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Sunshine Model 'A' tractor, c1918

This is a working model of a Sunshine Model 'A' tractor, manufactured by the H V McKay company in Sunshine, Victoria, in about 1918. Patented in 1916, the Model 'A' tractor was designed for use as the propulsion unit for a self-propelled stripper harvester, or as a stand-alone tractor. It is powered by a four-cylinder, ...

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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.

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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 ...

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Driving the tractor at Saltwater Creek, 1942

This is a posed 82 mm x 58 mm black-and-white photograph showing 18-year-old Betty Campbell (now Horne), a member of the Australian Women's Land Army, at the controls of a crawler tractor in 1942 at Saltwater Creek near Bathurst, New South Wales. The tractor is stationary with the implement used to hill rows of asparagus ...

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Using a rotary hoe to grow oranges

This is an excerpt from a government-produced documentary about the orange industry made in 1937 by the Cinema Branch of the Department of Commerce. It shows a recently invented rotary hoe being pulled by a tractor and ploughing an orchard. The audio commentary is: 'The rotary hoe is a comparatively recent invention and ...

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Caterpillar tractor hauling trailers, 1914-17

This is a black-and-white photograph made from a glass negative measuring 8.2 cm x 10.7 cm. It shows a stationary caterpillar tractor with two trailers attached behind, both of which have tarpaulin-covered loads. On the packet, the negative is described as: ''Holt' tractor hauling 2 trailers. Was used to transport wool ...

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Early scenes of Canberra, c1926 - asset 3

This is an excerpt from a reel of original, unedited black-and-white silent footage of early Canberra, shot in about 1926, compiled at the National Library of Australia. It is part of an extensive film and photographic record of the building of Canberra that was commissioned by the Australian Government of the time. Most ...

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Early scenes of Canberra, c1926 - asset 4

This is an excerpt from a reel of original, unedited black-and-white silent footage of early Canberra, shot in about 1926, compiled at the National Library of Australia. It is part of an extensive film and photographic record of the building of Canberra that was commissioned by the Australian Government of the time. It ...

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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 ...

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Snowy Hydro - Where Giants Meet, 1948: A man from Snowy River

This clip shows an excerpt from a dramatised documentary made to recruit bulldozer drivers to work on the Snowy Mountains Hydro-electric Scheme. It opens with a stockman in the Snowy Mountains deciding to sign on to the Scheme. He is then shown confidently operating a bulldozer, while a voice-over of the foreman indicates ...

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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 ...