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Photograph - Massey Ferguson, Ferguson Tractor being Unloaded from Ship, 1965 Image Reg. No: MM 118269

Photograph of a TE20 Ferguson Tractor fitted with caterpillar tracks being unloaded from a ship from Antarctica, 1965. The Massey-Ferguson Review June 1965 records 'Showing still signs of wear, but still unconquered. A famous 'Fergie' - the first mechanical vehicle to reach the South Pole is unloaded at London docks on its last stages of its journey 'home' to the MF factory at Coventry. It was one of Sir Edmund Hillary's three famous 'Fergies' that carried Sir Edmund in his epic 1200-mile journey to the pole in 1958. It has been working at the pole ever since. In the last 500-mile, 14-day dash to the South Pole the tractors traversed soft snow and crevasses at altitudes of more than 10,000 feet. Sir Edmund, cabling from the Pole on arrival said: 'Despite quite unsuitable conditions of soft snow and high altitude, our Fergusons performed magnificently and it was their extreme reliability that made our trip possible'.'

This image forms part of the extensive McKay Sunshine collection which includes images, film, objects, trade publications and oral histories.
Black and white photograph
Description Of Content:
A Ferguson TE20 fitted with full caterpillar tracks being unloaded from a ship via a crane and sling. Three men standing on the ship are watching.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Massey Ferguson Iseki Australia Ltd
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 165 mm (Height), 220 mm (Width)

More information

Tagged with: manufacturing, agricultural equipment, industry, exploration, tractors, shipping docks, antarctica, snow vehicles, snowmobiles, tractor wheel grips
Themes this item is part of: Sustainable Futures Collection, H.V. McKay Sunshine Collection
Primary Classification: MANUFACTURING & INDUSTRY
Secondary Classification: Agricultural & Horticultural Equipment
Tertiary Classification: transportation
Inscriptions: Handwritten pencil on back, 'PROBABLY FERGUSON TE20 TRACTOR / BEING SHIPPED TO ANTARCTICA'

In black stamp pad ink in box, 'Photographer / IAN COOK / 84 HIDE ROAD / HARROW, MIDDX. / UND 2564 COL 1317'
Model Name/Number: TE20
Format: Photograph: Black & White
Manufacturer of Item Depicted: Massey Ferguson, England, Great Britain, circa 1965
Person Named: Sir Edmund Hillary, Jun 1965

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