AUSTRALIAN TRACTORS Indigenous Tractors and Self-Propelled Machines in Rural Australia
280 x 210 mm, 176 pp, over 200 photographs and illustrations, half in colour
9781877058394, $19.95, Paperback
Graeme R. Quick
Australia has some of the world's largest and most labour-efficient farms, and trac-tors are an essential part of their opera-tions. The average Australian farm has three or more tractors. In this historical overview Graeme Quick documents the development of the indigenous tractor industry, from the McDonald Imperial of 1909 to more recent cane, olive and grape harvesters. Histories of individual manu-facturers include much technical detail, but the story also puts the industry in an economic and social history context and provides information on a wide range of Australian farmers, engineers and others who have made significant contributions.