DVD gives rare insight into genius of Headlie Taylor

Headlie Shipard Taylor presented his HST header to the public at the Henty showground in 1914.

A documentary on Henty’s own Headlie Taylor will be released at the Henty Machinery Field Days by West Wyalong Movies.

Producer and West Wyalong farmer, Ross Harmer, said the documentary was originally made for the Henty header museum and the Milthorpe Golden Memories museum as a display aid.

Titled “HST- The Headlie Taylor Story’’, the story line of the original DVD was expanded with the inclusion of original footage shot by Headlie Taylor before and during his trip to Canada in 1931 to open a factory.

The factory produced his Sunshine Auto Header Harvester for the North American market under the Massey-Harris brand.

During the visit, Taylor visited the Massey-Harris development farm to witness and film the Massey-Harris engineers testing and evaluating their own experimental designs, and those of their competitors.

“This DVD gives people the chance to view never seen before footage outside the Taylor family of harvesting machinery shot from the perspective of a man who was arguably Australia’s greatest ever inventor, Headlie Taylor, father of the HST,’’ Mr Harmer said.

HST – The Headlie Taylor Story will be officially launched at the field days by V8 Supercars reporter Kylie King at The Stump at 10.30am on Wednesday, September 20.