Only in OZ #14 – Tractor Monument, Wentworth, New South Wales
|TE20 Harry Ferguson Tractor Monument, Wentworth|
In a parallel universe, the Australian government and public service pantheon would have been well placed to see first hand the effects of ‘policies’ governing the Murray Darling Basin in the capital Wentworth, at the junction of the Murray and Darling rivers.
BUT … while iconic Wentworth, once busiest inland port in the country, was one of several locations considered as potential Australian capital sites post Federation, it lost out to Canberra. Australia thereby forever losing the opportunity to take the capital to the people … But I digress!
|‘Grey Fergie’, Wentworth NSW|
The first monument to a tractor in the WORLD, it commemorates the vital part played by the ‘grey Fergie’ in protecting the town from destruction by the extraordinary 1956 flood that devastated downstream South Australian towns.
The TE20 Harry Ferguson tractor, of course!! An actual ‘grey Fergie’ tractor greets visitors entering the town across the river – a much more showy monument to this humble farming implement than the small bronze cast of the original.
|First Tractor Monument in the world!|
|‘Grey Fergie’ Monument wording|