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Project Launch for Talking Machines

The beauty of the region will be on display in the film, with settings including the Broom Factory, the Malone property, the Sturt property, and Mouat’s farm. Photo courtesy of the Riverina Museum.

The Museum of the Riverina’s Talking Machines project will premier in Wagga on May 12, featuring footage of some of Tumut and Batlow’s unique machinery in action.

The project involved filming traditional machinery being used in 11 towns across the Riverina.

It aims to reach across generations to give voice to dormant farm machinery and capture hidden histories.

In partnership with the Tumut Museum, the movie features a steam engine, an early combustion engine, a milking machine, and a millet thrashing and broom making machine.

In Batlow, viewers will be treated to the site of a traditional apple grading table, and a 1937 Imperial tractor.

Gordon Dewey was involved in the project locally, and used his depth of local knowledge and expertise with the machines to ensure the project went off without a hitch.

He is encouraging people to book their tickets to see the screening before they run out.

“The tickets are free, but they’re limited to 100,” he explained.

“People can book seats to it, and the ticket sales close on March 11.

“The film will also be available on the internet after that, if people can’t get to it, and each of the eleven museums will get a copy of their footage.”

The screening will include a session with special guest speaker Margaret Simpson, Curator of Science and Industry at the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences (also known as the Powerhouse Museum), and Australia’s foremost rural technology expert.

She will discuss the importance of the Riverina’s nationally significant collection of rural machinery.

Tickets are available from http://www.museumriverina.com.au/exhibitions/talking-machines, and can also be booked by calling 6926 9655.

The screening will take place in the Wagga Wagga City Council meeting room, corner of Baylis and Morrow Streets Wagga.

The film will also be used in classrooms, to tell the story of Australia’s role in the Industrial Revolution and international export market.