Story: Rural workers

Header harvester, 1930

Header harvester, 1930

In the late 1920s the first Sunshine header harvesters were imported from Australia, followed by American machines. Header harvesters cut and threshed wheat and bagged the grain. They were the death knell for threshing machines, which had been used in New Zealand for more than 80 years, but declined in use in the mid-1940s. By 1966 there were some 3,000 header harvesters working in the South Island.

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Carl Walrond, 'Rural workers - Changes in the rural sector', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 28 March 2023)

Story by Carl Walrond, published 24 Nov 2008