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TAS Country : July 21st 2011
Friday, July 22, 2011 Tasmanian Country 11 News KEEPING A RECORD: Antique dealer and self-publisher Ken Hall with his farm books. Picture: SARAH ANDERSON Labour of love OLD farm machinery has become a passion for 63-year-old Bendigo author Ken Arnold. So much so, the self-publisher has spent three years producing a series of five books recording machinery used on farms from 1840 to 1940. Each book in the A Century of Farmyard Relics in Australia is 680 pages long and weighs 2.2kg. Ken travelled two hours each way on a train to Melbourne each Tuesday for three years to research his subject at the State Library. ''I hammered the hell out of all State libraries,'' Ken said. ''I read everything I could lay me hands on.'' Ken read every edition of the rural newspaper The Weekly Times from its inception in 1869 to 1940. He went to field days and steam days to meet machinery enthusiasts. ''My wife Jean was very patient. I'd just stand there and talk to the fellas.'' The set of books has been designed for readers who want to buy one volume or five. The first volume features stationary, portable and traction engines and early tractors. ''You don't have to buy the whole set,'' Ken said. Ken grew up helping his father cut crops for sheaf hay, cart hay and oats, often on machinery that features in the Farmyard collection. There are very few technical details in his books, just a wide range of machinery and some ''queer looking tractors''. ''There's old harvesters, ploughs, windmills, the works, anything you could find on the farm,'' he said. Ken has published 80 books, worked for himself since 1975 and owns an antique shop in Bendigo. ''I started with nothing,'' he said. ''I'm happy. I can pay my bills and I don't have to answer to anybody.'' The books are availabe from firstname.lastname@example.org This month when you purchase any New Holland baler it will come fully stocked with twine or net so you can wrap up your first bales on us.To find out more contact your local New Holland dealer today. www.newholland.com You don t have to go far to get a great deal from New Holland Own a bright future
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