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Harvester working with a crop of wheat
Title : Harvester working with a crop of wheat Harvester working with a crop of wheat
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Date of creation : 1905
Format : Photograph
Dimensions : 190 x 275
Contributor : State Library catalogue
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Harvester working with a crop of wheat.

The horse-drawn stripper harvester revolutionised wheat farming in South Australia in the 1840s. Harvesting had previously been done by hand and this laborious task was difficult with the shortage of farm workers in the early days of the colony.
The mechanised stripper used a comb to lift the wheat heads, then beaters behind the comb removed the heads and they were stored in a box at the back of the machine; the wheat and chaff were separated later.
For more information see Innovations: Ridley stripper
Coverage year : 1905
Further reading :

Conigrave, JF. Agriculture in South Australia: a description of the South Australian seed-sower, stripper, and winnower, Adelaide: E. Spiller, 1883

Kelly, WS. Rural development in South Australia, Adelaide: Rigby, 1962

Port, Leo with Brian Murray. Australian inventors, Stanmore, NSW: Cassell Australia, 1978

Reddin, JW. The first stripper : settling an historical argument, Glen Osmond, S. Aust. : J.W. Reddin, 1992



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