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Assembly floor

The Harvester Works had three main assembly areas, where all the parts of a machine were brought together from the different manufacturing departments. Workers laboured in a production line, progressively adding components to create a complete machine. Each finished product was then tested and put through a final inspection.

Harvesters were assembled in distinct stages. The frame and wheels were put together first, then sub-assemblies added. Each sub-assembly had been built in a separate workshop.

Constructing and testing implements following assembly, 1919

The Digger Carries On, 1919. National Film and Sound Archive of Australia.


The winnower (a device for separating the chaff from the grain) would have been brought to the main assembly floor fully assembled.

Close up colour photo of the metal prongs of the Sunshine harvester winnower.
Photo: Lannon Harley.
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