Story: Farm mechanisation

Early tractor (1st of 4)

Early tractor

This Ivel tractor is pulling a plough on a South Canterbury farm in 1913. Ivel tractors were first imported from England in 1904. However, the early machines were very large and heavy, limiting their usefulness, and were slow to be adopted by farmers.

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James Watson, 'Farm mechanisation - Vehicles', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/18396/early-tractor (accessed 18 June 2021)

Story by James Watson, published 24 Nov 2008