AUSTRALIAN Threshing Plant

| July/August 1984

This threshing plant consisted of a Foden compound 8 HP steam engine manufactured in England in about 1905. The thresher is a Clayton and shuttle with a 5-foot wide drum, also made in England about the same year. Judging by the belts, it was a wide belt model and the side board was lowered to pitch the sheaves on for the band cutters to throw into the drum. Notice the engine, front light and mud grips hung on the side of the wood base. It must have been dry weather as the engine has the spark catcher on the chimney. This was a very popular engine for this job, as the wheels were higher and there were springs on the back axle also. These engines could pull the threshing plants at six miles an hour easily. A plant consisted of thresher, straw elevator wagon, water cart and a two-man travelling hut, all hooked together. The water pump on the side of the boiler was easy to get at and those on the engine could get a better view ahead as the steam cylinder valves were on the side of the steam chest. This outfit in good oats would thresh a three-bushel bag per minute. It was owned by Newman Brothers of Terang and the chap standing beside the wheel is retired and living in Terang.

Submitted by Jack Kirkpatrick, Warrawong, Beaufort 3373, Victoria, Australia.