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Four of these machines were set up in the Rongotea area by Mr Holben. The first four farmers were Samuel Knight, Fred Richmond, Carl Anderson and A Broadbelt. These four Rongotea farmers were the first in New Zealand to install milking machines. The installations were made by Mr E R B Holben of Palmerston North on behalf of the Cunnington Pulsator Milking Machine Company, Christchurch. This was before the introduction of oil engines and so one was driven by man power, two by treadmills and one by a steam engine. It was not long afterwards that suitable internal combustion engines were introduced and mechanical milking became accepted practice. The body of one of these machines was used as a water trough on T G Gloyn's farm (Avalon Banks Line) until it rusted out about 1960.

Identification

Object type
Image
Relation
Public Photograph Collection Rng 62
Date
1897
Digitisation ID
2014P_Rng62_007662
Held In
Coolstore

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dairy,
milking,
rongotea,
rural towns and life,
technology,
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Related items

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Lorna Parker in the cowshed
Stumping with Bullocks, Rowe's Line, Rongotea
Milking Shed at 'Springfield', Banks Road
Sledging Milk from cowshed
Woman Holding Milking Pails
Butter churns at the Rongotea Butter Factory
Cheese Factory, Whakarongo
Edison electric trucks outside Rongotea Co-operative Dairy Company Ltd
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