Author(s): John Wilson
A popular history of that essential piece of farm equipment - the tractor - in New Zealand, including profiles of specific vintage tractors that have been lovingly restored by their owners. A look back at how the role of the tractor has changed, from the time they took over from working horses, to present day developments and the latest models. Fordsons, John Deere, Kubota, Farmall, Massey Harris and then Massey Ferguson - a range of makes and models. Fully illustrated with historic shots of tractors at work in the early nineteenth century right through to portraits of restored tractors, and some of the newest tractors available today. The information in this book has been developed and updated from two earlier and now out of print books by the same author - Tractors Across New Zealand - a history of working the land; and Tractor Tracks - vintage tractors in New Zealand.
Born in Timaru in 1943 and educated in Christchurch, John Wilson studied history at Canterbury and Harvard universities. Returning to New Zealand in 1974 with a PhD in Chinese history, he worked as a leader writer for the Christchurch Press before becoming the founding editor of the magazine of the New Zealand Historic Places Trust. He has written extensively on Christchurch history and architecture, Canterbury rural history and New Zealand mountaineering history. He travelled all over New Zealand interviewing farmers who had lovingly restored tractors, and spoke to many tractor experts to pull together the information for this book.