Farm machinery heritage celebrated at Henty field days

The Schulz family of Jindera will have one of only seven John Deere 435 tractors in Australia on show in the John Deere centenary display at Henty.

Iconic John Deere tractors in their famous green and yellow livery will take centre stage at an outdoor and indoor display at Henty, saluting 100 years of tractor manufacture.

Henty and District Antique Farm Machinery Club will present a comprehensive collection of vintage John Deere tractors and stationary engines, alongside John Deere balers, headers and ploughs.

Taking the spotlight will be a rare 1918 Waterloo Boy, owned by Ballarat woolgrower John Kirkpatrick.

John Deere, impressed by product quality of its tractor products, bought the Waterloo Gasoline Engine Company, Iowa, in 1918.

By 1921, the two-plough Waterloo Boy tractor had established itself as an industry leader.

It was superseded in 1923 by a powerful new machine, the John Deere Model D, marking the beginning of a new era in global agriculture.

Henty and District Antique Farm Machinery Club president Trevor Terlich said the theme celebrated the affinity Australian farmers have with the John Deere brand.

Club members will man both outdoor and indoor sites this year at Henty with a plethora of rare and collectable tractors bound to interest all machinery buffs, young and old.

The display will range from a 1908 Waterloo Boy stationary engine from Henry Huon, Leneva, through to a 1500hp John Deere “smoker’’ from Allan Arthur, Albury.

Mr Terlich said the display, supported by Hutcheon and Pearce, had generated much interest among John Deere enthusiasts with many expected to travel to Henty to see the collection.

Corowa farmer Russell Black will contribute a Waterloo Boy stationary engine along with a John Deere 420 tractor.

Jindera farmers Arnold and Jonathan Schulz will display a John Deere 435 tractor, one of only seven in Australia, and a restored 1926 D Model.

The father and son vintage tractor collectors will also have a 1928 D Model, a 1946 G Model rowcrop tractor, a diesel R Model, a 25hp 40C crawler tractor, a 1960 435, a 730 and 4020 and a Lanz Bulldog H Model (before Lanz was purchased by John Deere in 1956).

A carcass of a 1927 D Model will give field day visitors an inside view of an unrestored vintage tractor.

Life member Len Schilg, Albury, will contribute a 1937 John Deere BR tractor and a 1947 AR rowcrop tractor.

Colin Eulenstein will have his restored 1964 John Deere 2010 on show, along with John Kingston’s 1947 G Model, and Bryan Trethowan’s John Deere D 195 electric tractor.

Cameron Turner has a Chamberlain 4490 (manufactured in Australia by John Deere) and a John Deere 55 Series.

In the green and yellow liveried farm machinery, Ian Ballentine, Brocklesby, will display a single furrow plough, Kerry Pietsch, Pleasant Hills, has a John Deere baler (engine function), John Kingston, and if there is enough room, a JD header.

The indoor display will be near The Stump in the centre of the field days, and feature memorabilia including collectible manuals, advertising material and even John Deere quilts made by Lyn Jacobsen, Albury.