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McCormick advertising sign

McCormick advertising sign

Embossed tin sign advertising McCormick agricultural machinery available through McLean Brothers & Rigg Ltd, Adelaide, around 1920.
Embossed tin sign advertising McCormick agricultural machinery available through McLean Brothers & Rigg Ltd, Adelaide, about 1920. National Museum of Australia.

Horsedrawn farm equipment

Horses performed a variety of jobs on Australian farms, enabling agricultural production to increase steadily from the early 19th century.

Horses could work harder and pull much heavier loads than farmhands, and work faster and longer than oxen.

As horses became more common on Australian farms, agricultural machinery manufacturers developed equipment to harness their strength and stamina and improve the efficiency of crop production.

From Chicago to Adelaide

This embossed tin sign shows the range of horsedrawn farm equipment made by McCormick in Chicago and sold by McLean Bros & Rigg in Adelaide.

It shows horses pulling a daisy reaper, mower with reaping attachment, binder, mower and hay rake.

 


People and the Environment

Horses in Australia is part of the National Museum's People and the Environment program. Discover more stories about people's relationships with Australia's natural and built environments on our People and the Environment website.