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Ridley reaping machine
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Date of creation : ca. 1843
Format : Photograph
Dimensions : 760 x 1520 mm
Contributor : State Library catalogue
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Records of the South Australian Chamber of Manufactures comprising minutes, letter books, subscription book, cash books, photographs, score sheets, architectural plan, painting of Ridley stripper, cartoon of H.E. Winterbottom, exhibits, including silk grown by Mrs Beetson 1866 and silver engraving by W.E. Ward, registers of awards and draft histories

John Ridley demonstrated his reaping machine in November 1843 and it won a prize from the Agricultural and Horticultural Society the following year. Some years later, John Wrathall Bull claimed that Ridley had seen his prototype for a reaping machine on display in September 1843 and had based his design on Bull's work. It is unlikely, however, that Ridley could have constructed an entirely new machine in just two months and thus he is generally credited with the invention.
Related names :

Bull, John Wrathall, 1804-1886

Ridley, John, 1806-1887

Period : 1836-1851
Further reading :

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

'The death of Mr John Ridley',The Adelaide Observer, 3 December 1887, p. 30, col. b-d

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

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

'Reaping machines', The Adelaide Observer, 28 January 1860, p. 2, col. e

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

Reddin, JW. Papers relating to 'The First Stripper: Settling an Historical Argument', D 8127(Misc)

Schomburgk, Ian. 'The Ridley Stripper - the debate continues', History SA : newsletter of the Historical Society of SA Inc, 7 May 2007, p. 10

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