The Rise and Fall of the Australian Tractor Industry

Remembering the glory days of Australian tractor manufacture from A.H. McDonald to International Harvester.

1906 cartoon
Between 1906 and 1930, Australian industrialists mounted a campaign in the rural press, vociferously contending that Americans – depicted variously as sharks, vultures, wolves, an octopus and grizzly bears – were out to destroy the local farm machinery industry. In this 1906 cartoon, American industry is portrayed as an aggressive octopus.
Image courtesy Graeme Quick