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John Ridley
Title : John Ridley John Ridley
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Date of creation : ca. 1877
Format : Photograph
Dimensions : 200 x 150 mm
Contributor : State Library catalogue
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Description :

Portrait of John Ridley, inventor of the'Ridley Reaper' harvesting machine.

John Ridley was born in Durham, England and immigrated with his wife and young children to South Australia in 1839. He established a flour mill on land at Hindmarsh near Adelaide. As there was a labour shortage in South Australia in the 1840s, Ridley experimented with designs for a machine to reap wheat. His machine was to revolutionise the harvesting of wheat.
Ridley returned in England in 1853 and died there in 1887.
Related names :

Bull, John Wrathall, 1804-1886

Ridley, John, 1806-1887

Period : 1852-1883
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, J.W. 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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