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Ralph Martin - Part of our farming heritage

Ralph Martin lived mainly in Portarlington and Drysdale in an era of steam traction engines and innovative (but primitive) threshing machines and chaff cutters and mobile huts (see first image) all pulled in series by linked chains along rudimentary dirt roads at top speeds approaching 5 miles per hour, which was in itself a contentious issue. Ralph appeared to endure more than his fair share of hardship as evidenced by the articles attached from the Geelong advertiser at the time.Our early farmers were a tough and resilient group. The images of Ralph's machines are from the Museum of Victoria image collection and have been added to our holdings of Bellarine pictures.

Click on the images and cuttings to enlarge them.