The Sunshine header.

The famous 'THE LAND' photo of the Maunders and the sunshine header

Sunshine header belonging to Ray Hynes.

Another sunshine header belong to Ray Hynes.

Earl Kelahers sunshine header. Owned previously by Albert Saunders of Lochinvar, Millers creek. Before that, owned by the Doyles of Big Jacks creek.

Earl Kelehers sunshine

Earl Kelahers sunshine.

A sunshine header on the property 'Sandstone' owned by Geoff Barwick. This header was once owned and used by the Chad family when the property was called Burnslea. Anything that was wood on this old header has gone.

This is an immaculate sunshine header owned by Barry Avard. It would still be in working order. This header did not originate in the district though.

Barry Avards sunshine

Barry Avards sunshine

Old header on block 42, 1912 subdivision. Drawn by the Graham family. This header is a Gaston lite draught, Australian made in Kensington Victoria.

A sunshine header on block 42, 1912 subdivision. This header is almost certainly the one owned by Billy Maunder.

Another shot of the Billy Maunder sunshine. Note that the shed has fallen down over the old header. It is in very goor condition for it's age, and the shed would have helped preserve it.

A sunshine stripper harvester, in Quirindi's cottage museum. These headers were manufactured from 1904 to 1914, and predate the later HST headers. These strippers pulled off the wheat heads, rather than cutting them.

Sunshine headers in the subdivisions.

One of the most famous and well known photos taken in the early days of the subdivision was of a sunshine header, pulled by horses, and driven by Billy and Neville Maunder. The horses were owned by neighbours Clide and Sam Saunders.The photo was taken by Angus Spence, one of the first photographers for 'The Land', on the property 'Alroy' Big Jacks Creek. Block 56. Taken late 1930's.

This is the photo that was used for the cover of the '1912 Warrah subdivision' book, published in 1996.

Sunshine headers were common in the subdivision, and old ones can still be seen where they last were used, often under a tree.

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06.01 | 15:43

Which farm did "Pop Mackelvane" have, I was there during the last part of the second war.

21.11 | 15:34

We had a property, "Werribon" on the road that intersected with the road where Binghams store (name?) was to go to St. Josephs in Quirindi on Rafie's bus.

21.11 | 15:28

I remember the excitement of Rafie getting the "cab-over" bus and used to ride up front with him. We had a property, Werribon, just down the road (name??) from

16.11 | 21:09

I found this a very interesting page, even though I am from WA all the old farm practices were practically the same.
Rita Stinson

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