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Negative - Contract Chaff-Cutting Team at Work, Ballarat, Victoria, Mar 1948 Image Reg. No: MM 7768

Description Of Content:
Contractor's team cutting chaff at 611-613 Doveton Street North, Ballarat, using John Fowler & Co 8 nominal horsepower single-cylinder steam traction engine, serial no.8841 of 1900, driving a Cliff & Bunting 'New Reliance' chaff cutter. The traction engine was owned by Richard Barry of Dana Street, Ballarat. The stack of oaten hay in the background was estimated to be approximately 120 tons prior to cutting. This team, working two to three hours a day could produce 200 bags of chaff.

The contributor's oldest brother, Tom Smith, is pictured feeding the hay into the chaff cutter under the roof in the centre of the photo. Bill Smith, as an 11 year old boy, is depicted on the haystack on the left of photograph.
Acquisition Information:
Copied from Bill Smith, 1990
The Biggest Family Album of Australia, Museum Victoria
Discipline: Technology

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Tagged with: agricultural equipment, chaffcutters, haystacks, sacks, steam traction engines
Themes this item is part of: Engineering Collection, Images & Image Making Collection, Sustainable Futures Collection, The Biggest Family Album in Australia Collection
Primary Classification: AGRICULTURE & RURAL LIFE
Secondary Classification: Crop Management - Processing
Tertiary Classification: chaff cutting
People Depicted: Smith, Bill; Smith, Tom; Green, Mick; Smith, Frank; Beaston, Reg; Gladman, George; Hill, Horrie
Model Name/Number: 'New Reliance'
Format: Negative: Black & White; 35 mm
Place & Date Depicted: Ballarat, Victoria, Australia, Mar 1948
Creator: Ballarat Courier, Mar 1948
References: Additonal information added to record in response to Collection Online comment from Bill Smith, 01/04/2012.


Bill Smith, the 11 year old boy on the left of the photo in 1948 Posted on 31 Mar 2012 10:24 PM
Chaff-cutting in the city was at 611&613 Doveton St. Ballarat Nth. March 1948. My oldest brother Tom is pictured feeding chaff cutter in the centre under the roof of the cutter.
Bill Smith' Posted on 31 Mar 2012 10:38 PM
Fowler traction engine was No.8841 of 1900 and owned by Richard Barry of Dana Street Ballarat. Single cylinder 8 hp

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