Whereas many young other folks are fascinated by fast cars or boats, 23-year-earlier-fashioned farmer Hugh Macague is passionate about gathering and restoring Australian made headers.
- Hugh Macague collects and restores vintage Australian headers
- The 23-year-earlier-fashioned’s passion started as a teenager when he joined a vintage machinery membership
- The Rochester farmer has 10 headers in his Australian series
The machines are often seen in paddocks serving to to strip vegetation at some point of harvest.
“In Australia, they gain left at the back of to rot away in the shed or out in the initiate,” he said.
“I really want to maintain them functional so other folks can sight how the earlier-fashioned boys did it.”
“They are no longer too bad to revive, but they are a labour of care for.”
Hugh Macague’s fascination with the machines started as a teenager when he joined the Echuca Vintage Machinery Membership.
His dad Bruce has fond recollections of seeing his son’s hobby develop.
“So that’s how he ended up with a lot of stuff in the primary place. Folks legal gave him stuff because they idea wow there’s a young man absorbing.”
A young farmer ‘heading’ in the moral route
So far, Hugh has 10 Australian vintage headers in his series saved in a shed at his father’s Rochester farm.
His oldest is a 1927 Sunshine Auto while his favourite is a 1974 Connor Shea auto header — only 350 have been ever made.
“They legal rust away so easily in the paddock, and they’re getting pulled out of sheds more and more,” he said.
He has came across the majority of them with assist from the “earlier-fashioned bush telegraph”.
“A couple of them have approach from out of state, but most in Victoria and by note of mouth. They send me a few photographs, and I am there.”
The hobby has given the young farmer loads of adventures travelling along nation roads to acquire his prized machinery.
“He’d pressure around with his mates and they’d sight an earlier-fashioned farm and space some earlier-fashioned machinery,” Bruce said.
“They’d pressure up and knocks on the door. Then the earlier-fashioned man would approach out and say, ‘Oh you are thinking about my earlier-fashioned header?’ Subsequent thing three hours have gone by and Hugh is getting a tour around his sheds and all his earlier-fashioned machinery.”
When he was 18, a tip-off about a vintage header from the librarian at his agricultural faculty, saw Hugh travel 268km from Rochester to Hopetoun, in Victoria’s north-west.
Passion for Australian machinery
Hugh has also transform a social media sensation with farmers around the globe tuning into his YouTube channel ‘Hugh Magoo’ to note his latest initiatives.
But his artistic pursuits have created some challenges.
“I did waft the drone in search of to pressure one of these earlier-fashioned things and crashed it because there is no longer any auto-steer.
“But I legal care for getting the camera out, it affords you one thing a bit extra to accomplish in the day.”
He’s now searching for the final two headers to total his Australian series. After that, he plans on searching for American and Canadian ones to add to his shed.
“I legal care for their straightforward mechanics. They’re a sparkling cool machine.”