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Record 32/83
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A black and white photograph showing a three horse team towing a harvester in a hillside paddock. The crop is wheat, barley, or oats. Three men are working in the field stooking. Written on the back in an unknown hand is, "Alex Gunns, Seddon". Lloyd Kerr has added "Seaview area". A scan of this photograph is to be used in the Changing European History Gallery 2 display in commemoration of the Marlborough Provincial 150th anniversary on 1 November 2009. ............................................................................................................................................................................... Caption 33 Hillside harvesting on Alex Gunn's property near Seddon. Around 1900, it was common to see grain crops thriving in all directions, much the same as we today view our enormous expanses of vineyards. In the photograph, a reaper and binder, pulled by three horses, traverses quite a steep hillside. The machine evenly tied the stalks into sheaves, and we can see how neatly it dropped them off sideways as it passed. This more advanced harvester was known as the side-delivery reaper and binder. Farm hands, under protective sunhats, are seen stooking the sheaves, six or seven at a time, just in case of rain. The height of the crop is truly amazing. We know now that these hill soils couldn't support this sort of production for too long. The cereal plants quickly used up the nutrients in the soil. 1996.053.0005
Harvesting in the Seaview Area -Photographs of Marlborough 1859-1909 -Copyright Marlborough Museum - Marlborough Historical Society Inc
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1996.053.0005

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