Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Harvesters on trial at Smithfield

In a history of Smithfield written by the CWA fifty years ago (1965) there is a mention of the an event in Smithfield.  Sounds uninteresting by todays standard, but it made the newspaper.

The first harvester, designed and built by May Brothers who had a machinery factory in Gawler was demonstrated in the Smithfield district on the property owned by Mr Smith.  His son John was presented with a gold watch for driving the machine

Trial of Harvesters

Thes trial of harvesters arranged by the Royal Agricultural Society took place at the farm of Mr. W. Smith, Smithfield on Friday last. The weather was ideal, the crop as even one of Marshall's No.3 averaging upwards of 20 bushells to the acre, there was a large attendance of the public, and eleven machines competed.
Lots were drawn for plots, which bad been cut in sections of about 2 1/2 acres each, and: at 10 minutes to eleven the machines took up their positions in the following order: — Nicholson and Morrow''s The Union. H. V. McKay's, Th eSunshine no.2, May Brothers' The Climax No. 2.

Bunyip (Gawler, SA ) Friday 5 December 1902
You can view a Climax harvester here

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