Story: Rural workers


Threshing machines were used in New Zealand for more than 80 years, finally declining in use in the mid-1940s. Forerunners of combine harvesters, they separated the grain of crops such as wheat and oats.

Listen to Jack Perkins in his radio show ‘From the Back Country’ interviewing Ron Gordon who recalls threshing mills before the Second World War.

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Carl Walrond, 'Rural workers - Grain and crops', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 16 April 2024)

Story by Carl Walrond, published 24 Nov 2008