Story: Farm mechanisation

Steam-powered threshing machine

Steam-powered threshing machine

A steam engine powers this threshing machine in Hawke’s Bay, around 1900. Steam traction engines were brought to New Zealand from around 1880, and were widely used to run threshing machines and chaff cutters, and to haul heavy loads of wool and grain.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, W. McRae Collection
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James Watson, 'Farm mechanisation - Steam, wind, water and oil', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 8 December 2021)

Story by James Watson, published 24 Nov 2008