Story: Farm mechanisation

Petrol-powered milking machine

Petrol-powered milking machine

A. W. Reid, a dairy farmer from Stratford, invented a petrol-driven milking machine, seen here at the 1915 New Plymouth Agricultural and Pastoral Show. Petrol was used to run milking machines in the early 1900s, before electricity became more widely available.

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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