Taylor Collection

Fred Taylor and his brother Ted came to Beacon in the early 1930’s and took up land north of the Marindo siding.  They were hard working, adventurous people who intended to make Beacon their home. They  involved themselves and enjoyed the social life of the area and were only beaten by the circumstances of the Great Depression.

Taylor collection: McCormick tractor with Ted Taylor1931

Seeding with the McCormick tractor on Taylor’s property north of Marindo siding.



Taylor collection: Harvesting at Marindo early 1930's

This photo shows the Taylor brothers harvesting on their property in the early 1930’s at Marindo. Bags of wheat were filled from the harvester and hand sown to be loaded on the truck or wagon destined for the wheat receival bin at Marindo.

Taylor collection: bag sewing Marindo 35/36. Making sure each bag filled to the brim

Farmers were innovative then as they are now. Clever ideas ensured the optimum results.

Taylor collection: 2 men stand in tall crop of wheat

The Taylors stand in a tall crop of wheat at Marindo. Tall wheat varieties were considered the best during this era of farming.

Taylor collection: good looking crop with tall Salmon gums

Salmon Gums tower over the crop of wheat. These large trees were often left standing when clearing the land occurred. The heavy  type of soil that suited Salmon Gums was sought after by farmers.

Taylor collection: Harvesting

Another photo of harvest at Marindo on Taylor’s property

Taylor collection: Beacon bin January 1940 ready to roof

The wheatbin once filled was covered to protect the grain. This photo shows this process.