Dating back between the 1900’s & 1920’s an Antique Sunshine Header Harvester will be going up for auction in what will be the end of an era for a local farming family that has farmed for over 160 years near Goondiwindi.

The special antique harvester will be available for the public to purchase or for a registered charity or community group to place the winning bid and receive the item for free.

“We hope that the item goes to someone in the local area whether that being a bidder or a local registered charity or museum,” said a family representative of the Norman family.

“It will be a great opportunity to keep local history in the community and tell stories of the original upbringings of the area,” they continued.

“This harvester has gained the reputation as the first successful combine harvester in Australia so who knows what this harvester could sell for if there are a few keen bidders interested in the local farming history,” said Mr. Glenn Screech Head of Agriculture Sales at Lloyds Auctions.

The metal constructed chain & cog system header originally invented by ‘Hugh Victor McKay’ became the largest factory in the Southern Hemisphere in its early stages of development.

This harvester is part of a farming auction clearance with over 1000 lots where most lots will be going up completely unreserved in an auction on Wednesday March 6, 2019 that has opened and is online for bidding now.

“There are millions of dollars’ worth of equipment in this auction and the equipment is unprecedented in quality, perfect for people looking at purchasing agricultural or heavy equipment for their farms,” said Mr. Glenn Screech – Head of Agricultural Sales for Lloyds Auctions.

Due to the great demand and interest in the equipment within the auction, Lloyds Auctions have had to break down the amount of lots with grouped items into separate lots to provide further opportunity for buyers to purchase the equipment they are in need of.

This sale provides a great opportunity for farmers to save during the tough flood and drought times in Australia, with over 1000 lots, everyone can save some money instead of buying brand new and have the equipment ready to work straight away.

Some of the equipment within the auction includes, tracked tractors, wheel tractors, prime movers, cotton trailers, planters, ploughs, grader boards, land cruisers, pipe, forklifts, implements and more.

The auction is now open for bidding online and will culminate this Wednesday March 6, 2019. Inspections for the equipment are currently underway from 8am to 5pm daily up until the auction day. Tuesday March 5 will hold a special inspection day event with a Jeff Thomson to appear for lunch with the locals at midday, keep checking the Lloyds website for further details at

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Matt Kalinski

Head Of Valuations

Qualifications & Affiliations

American Society of Appraisers Candidate Member

Certified Practicing Valuer AVAA


Matt has been in the valuations space for many years and has extensive experience in the space across an abundance of various industries. He now leads the valuations teams for Lloyds Auctions with a passion for encouraging his team to set and achieve high goals and produce great results for the company whilst growing the team’s skills starting with a great culture and team mindset.