When David Bell, now 92, was on leave from World War II service, his dad said he was thinking of buying a tractor. So David ordered one right away.December 3, 2013 4:02am
When David Bell, now 92, was on leave from World War II service, his dad said he was thinking of buying a tractor. So David ordered one right away.
‘‘I couldn’t wait to see the back of the draught horse,’’ David said.
‘‘I always said they were machines that kept eating and going through fences.’’
David plans to join his son James and grandson David at the Moora Harvest Festival on December 8 to demonstrate how he and other farmers did things decades ago.
The three generations will put a circa 1930s Mitchell hand-fed stationary baler into action at the third annual event to be held at Moora Racecourse and Recreation Reserve.
Rev ’n’ Rec motor club will host the event that will celebrate the farm machinery of yesteryear including steam engines, sleeper cutters, chaff cutters, stationary engines, tractors and vintage tools, as well as vintage cars and bikes. There will also be shearing, blacksmithing and morse code demonstrations, and working and agility dogs will be showing their skills.
James, also Rev ’n’ Rec’s treasurer, said decades ago baling was a four-man operation.
‘‘You had a man driving the tractor, another on a horse sweep picking up hay, another fed hay in with a pitchfork. It was fed through and then a man tied the bale with wire or straw,’’ James said.
He said the number of machines and people involved in the Moora Harvest Festival was growing each year and it was a great day out for the whole family with plenty to see and do. Food and drinks will be available on site. Entry is $2/adult, children are free.
Moora Racecourse and Recreation Reserve is on Moora-Heathcote Rd, west of Rushworth.
Police are appealing for witnesses to an overnight theft at Kialla’s Riverside Plaza.
The Yarrawonga and District Cemetery Trust has been awarded a $50,000 grant from the Department of Health to undertake development work at the Yarrawonga cemetery.
Members of Murchison Book Club are hosting a literary lunch with Vivien Achia, author of Marrying Italian — When Love is Not Enough.
Echuca shearer Franky Atkinson has earned himself a return trip to New Zealand next year after an impressive run of performances in shearing competitions.
William Napier, whose remains lie in Rochester cemetery, received the Empire's highest honour for gallantry while fighting for the British army during the Indian Mutiny.
Tongala family hopes for transplant call for six-year-old.
Family of former Seymour man killed in a road crash in Los Angeles before Christmas set up a Melbourne University scholarship in his honour.
Tocumwal's Don Elgin is aiming to compete at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Scotland
The Cancer Council Relay For Life fundraiser is a cause close to the hearts, and feet, of many district residents.
Redgum sculpture is carved at Thompsons Beach, Cobram.
As well as being a massive success, the Deniliquin Lawn Tennis Club's annual Easter tournament featured several locals playing in grand finals.
Murray Goulburn has lifted its milk prices to about $6.66 kg milk solids.
Benalla's Joda Plex was named Goulburn Ovens Institute of TAFEs student of the year at her graduation this month.
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