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At the farm
In the early decades of European settlement, farmers relied on people working with hand tools to plant, harvest and process crops. Horses and bullocks were in short supply, as was equipment for them to pull.
Then, from the 1830s, draught horses and lighter workhorses became increasingly available and equine muscle became the key form of power on Australian farms.
For more than a century, horses coupled to an expanding range of machines worked the land, helping to drive agricultural expansion, defining farm life and reshaping the land.
Explore some of the stories and objects
McCormick advertising sign
Tin sign promoting horsedrawn farm equipment.
Harrison McGregor & Co model used to turn hay into chaff.
Cowey family photographs
Life, work and leisure on a farm in Victoria in the early 1900s.