Heritage Farming in Australia

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HPAPublished by A & A Sloane, 1998
Alexander & Ann Sloane
ISBN: 0 646 3569303.

This superb soft cover book contains 220 pages, with over 220 photographs, 30 sketches, several maps, document facsimiles and fascinating statistics. The producers have taken several years to thoroughly research primary source material to write this book, and in the process they have corrected “legends” within the often accepted versions of agricultural development.

Covering the years 1860-1945, it depicts the challenges and developments within Australian agriculture, personalised through the documents and the photographs of the extensive Sloane family collection. The story of the Sloanes provides a rare insight into the human side of history, and their fascinating tale is woven throughout the book.



Facts Behind the Picture


This well known photograph of early harvesting methods has been widely published throughout Australia in books, magazines, calendars and historical publications. In 1977 it was the feature photograph on the widely circulated Denys Lascelles calendar, as promotional material for their wool broking agricultural insurance business. Unfortunately, this photograph has frequently been accompanied by incorrect information. The book provides an accurate account of its history.

Traditional Transport


Back in 1935, wheat was transported in the traditional way of individually sown bags. Yet each of the two share farmers on Savernake Station used contrasting methods, in keeping with their inclination towards old (horses) or new (tractors). After the wheat bags were sewn and branded, they were ready to market.

As the wheat carting progressed, the local unsealed roads became dustier, and the wagons were spaced out further avoid the clouds of dust that were stirred up by the horses’ hooves.





Weekly Times December 9, 1998
Cropping legends are revealed
By Kim Woods

“A new book documenting the evolution of Australia’s mixed cropping areas has blown apart some of the country’s greatest farming legends. Riverina grain growers and historians Alexander and Ann Sloane have published Heritage Farming in Australia which sets out to correct the myths created between 1883 and 1913. Hugh McKay is widely acknowledged as the inventor of the stripper harvester, but the book claims James Morrow, of J Nicholson & Co, invented a method of combining the stripper and winnower and manufactured the first commercially successful stripper harvester in Australia.”

The Land Magazine, May, 6, 1999
Sloane’s Story
By Carol Trainor

“…The Sloane family men were agricultural pioneers in Southern NSW, developing cropping, irrigation and shearing techniques from its base in the Mulwala District… …They were an innovative family and their neighbors were also innovative, so it really gives a picture of agriculture in those times, from irrigation in 1902 to large-scale fodder conservation in 1935…”