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Californian hay lift

Date: 1900-1920
Overall: 150 x 200 mm
Medium: Silver gelatin print
Credit Line: ANMM Collection Gift from Robert D McKilliam
Object Name: Photograph
Object No: ANMS0227[065]

User Terms

    A black and white view of recently harvested land with central stack of hay. Men stand on stack, and there is a an overshot stacker in use.
    The title of the image is 'Californian hay lift'.
    SignificanceThis image is a part of the Captain Robert McKilliam collection. Captain McKilliam worked for the Aberdeen White Star Line for 32 years and sailed aboard such famous clipper ships as SALAMIS and THERMOPYLAE. He moved to Sydney in 1913 where he served as Assistant Wharf Master on Darling Island.
    HistoryThe hay lift was also known as the 'overshot stacker' or 'hay stacker'.
    Hay was placed on the fork of the lift by a 'buck rake', horses then pulled on the cables and the hay was lifted overhead and dropped on the stack.
    The shape and style of stack varied with conditions. In California, stacks were usually square and flat topped which suited areas of low rainfall.
    Additional Titles

    Assigned title: View of recently harvested land with central stack of hay man standing on stack to left of stack is two horses with a californian hay lift farming implement between

    Collection title: Californian hay lift

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