John Wooldrick, My Mudgee beginnings
Local Character: Don Hobbs, Preserving History P.2
This is a stubble rake. It is still in perfect working order. Note the inscription: The Ipswich Solid Axle Rake, Ransome Sims and Jefferies Ltd and the number BBL9. For more information on the company click: http://www.nzrcranes.org/MANUFACT.HTML
Left we have a Lister Blackstone two furrow plough, the brand nameplate still shiny and ledgeable. This was used to plough long straight rows ready to plant the corn, potatoes etc. It once belonged to Clive McDonald, who share farmed Burrundulla farm for more than 47 years. This is the only one of that make that I know is still working. I use it on my own property now.
Left: Now this old sled was used to drag lots of things around the farm—old logs, to move heavy machinery etc. Note the old butter shed behind, used in later years as a hay storage room. In the olden days they used to pour the butter on the floor of this shed, which was cement rendered with tiles on the side walls. Then they cut up the butter and packaged it when it had settled.