Farm­ing his­tory re­vealed

Matamata Chronicle - - Rural Delivery - By JOAN STAN­LEY

The of­fi­cial open­ing of a new ex­hi­bi­tion, From Horse to Trac­tor – Farm Ma­chin­ery Through the Years will be held on Fe­bru­ary 11 at the Firth Tower Mu­seum.

Mata­mata His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety mem­bers have been work­ing on this new pro­ject for nearly five years.

It is housed in the Mark Madill Shed which has been ex­tended to make room for all the im­ple­ments.

Ex­plana­tory text pan­els and en­larged pho­to­graphs de­scribe farm­ing prac­tices and farm ma­chin­ery from pre-euro­pean times un­til mod­ern times in the Mata­mata district.

The pro­ject is a team ef­fort by Mata­mata His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety vol­un­teers with the ser­vices of lo­cal busi­nesses when re­quired.

There will be free en­try to the Firth Tower Mu­seum all day on Fe­bru­ary 11 so ev­ery­one has a chance to look at the new ex­hibits as well as the other in­ter­est­ing dis­plays.

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