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Link to full record and imageThe Sunshine Harvester Works changed the face of farm mechanisation and led to the establishment of Australia's broadacre wheat production on a scale never before envisaged.

The new technologies increased the size of farms, and changed the types of crops grown, the methods of farming, and the way in which land was used.

The company introduced many world-first innovations, with significant benefits to farmers.

However, these new technologies also pushed the frontiers of farming into the fragile soils of marginal lands and encouraged an unquestioning faith in mechanisation. The delayed cost of these practices is only now emerging in various forms of land degradation.

 

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