Binder, International Harvester, made in Geelong, Victoria, [c. 1940].
The donors (V and D White) bought this machine for binding flax specifically – for the three years or so that flax was grown in the district as part of Tasmania’s war effort. It was later used for oats, etc.
‘Flax straw is of a tough fibrous texture, but may be readily cut with a binder, provided that the knives are sharp. Short straw has to be pulled by hand, a very tedious undertaking.’