One Hundred Years Of The Tractor Celebrated In New Zealand

| September/October 1989

Waithohi Road, R.D. 6 Palmerston North New Zealand

Here are some photos of the 100th year of the tractor rally put on by the Manawata Vintage Machinery Club, held at Glen Oroua in the Manawata (near Palmerston North), New Zealand, April 15 and 15, 1989.

The first day was fine except for a cool breeze. Ploughing was done on both days. A portable sawmill was operating more or less continuously through both days, driven by a portable steam engine and a traction engine coupled together. Threshing took place at 3 o'clock on Saturday and on Sunday it was held a little later because of some rain. Sunday started out with a light rain which cleared at lunchtime but started again about halfway through the parade. About an hour later it started to clear, so we hurried the rest of the wheat through the Case tin mill. At the bottom of the stack there were quite a few fat rats and mice which scampered away through the crowd, which did not seem to notice them. It was quite a good display for the public and exhibitors alike, despite the rain.

As a matter of interest, the Emerson Brantingham was the oldest tractor there, and is in original condition, owned by the family. Seems it survived well because it was not very good at ploughing, etc., and was used only for stationary work such as cuff cutters, sawmill, and so on.