Crawshaw John Deere
for all things
Deere’ has culminated in Otaki farmer Ferg Crawshaw’s
outstanding collection of historic John Deere tractors and machinery. Over 30
vehicles and machines have been painstakingly restored by one dedicated John
Deere man and are now proudly displayed for all John Deere enthusiasts to enjoy.
Four’ Tractor & Stationary Engine Collection
the rarest and internationally significant items of machinery in our Museum
collection can be found within the Spall Collection
an impressive private collection of restored vehicles and stationary engines,
including the rare 'Fitch Four' Tractor (one of only a few in existence world-wide).
Higgins Group Company Historic Vehicles
The Higgins Company
grew from a small, contracting business established in the Manawatu by Irish
immigrant Dan Higgins. It is now a leading New Zealand civil construction contractor
Higgins are important
supporters of the Museum and have generously provided the property to house
collections. A collection of historically significant Higgins vehicles have
been restored and are on display, including one of New Zealand’s
first road-making machines.
From Bush to Butter
- The Family Dairy Farm
When the ship Dunedin
left New Zealand on 15th February 1882 with the first shipment of
frozen meat on-board, she also carried a small quantity of frozen butter. When
the butter was then sold in England in perfect condition, dairy farming in New
Zealand was changed forever….