September 12, 2014
To mark the centenary of public debut of the HST header at the Henty show, a restored version will be displayed at this year’s Henty Machinery Field Days by the Headlie Taylor Header Museum committee.
Museum committee members and Taylor’s great nephews, Bruce Taylor and Colin Wood, are spearheading a memorial project to recognise the remarkable man in bronze.
A sculpture of Taylor toiling over an anvil in his Emerald Hill workshop will be placed in front of the museum, fronting the Olympic Way at Henty.
Committee members will use the header display at the field days to seek public donations towards the $100,000 cost of the sculpture.
The project will also provide an ongoing memorial scholarship to support innovation in agricultural equipment.
Mr Taylor said the scholarship would be generated from a memorial trust fund.
“To recognise history where it happened in a small, rural town with an iconic sculpture telling the story of part of our rural beginnings would be a fitting and responsible achievement,’’ he said.
“Headlie had high principles and was a patriotic Australian – he was a man of moderate stature brought up in a religious family.’’
Mr Taylor said extensive research combined with historic family photographs would be used to give the sculpture authenticity.