One only needs to travel outside any of the key Australian capital cities and before too long you can find evidence of our agricultural past. Rusting remains of old horse drawn implements, an aged seeder as a garden ornament in a rural town front yard, the rusting hulk of an old kero tractor, once the prized working tool of a farmer.
Author and historian, Ken Arnold, has spent numerous hours and travelled thousands of kilometres in his most challenging undertaking to date, that of compiling and writing an encyclopaedic record of the machines, the manufacturers, the histories, the advertisements and the photographs that depicted the evolution of Australia’s agricultural mechanization from the late 1800s to the early 1900.
This massive undertaking has produced a work that is surely the standard on the subject, not only for collectors and enthusiasts, but also for local and international academia. Encyclopaedia of Farm Yard Relics provides valuable information that illustrates and chronicles the aspirations of our nation at this time of our agricultural progress and growth.
The wonderful thing about collectors is that they collect anything from the most esoteric to the most prosaic. All they have to be is interested for personal, idiosyncratic or nostalgic reasons.
The Century of Farmyard Relics collection will definitely appeal to the right person, presumably the person with roots in the bush. You know the one - the one who already has a beloved Fergie TE20 in the house paddock, just for its decorative qualities.
For Ages: 12+ years old
Format: Not Supplied By Publisher
Number Of Pages: 3130
Published: 1st August 2011
Publisher: Crown Castleton Publishers
Dimensions (cm): 30.0 x 21.0