Arthur Clifford Howard (Howard Rotary Hoe) Print Page
The monument includes the front grille of a 1932 model rotary hoe and is erected to the memory of Arthur Clifford Howard, the inventor and manufacturer of the Howard Rotary Hoe.
A 16 year old teenager called Arthur Clifford Howard began working on his invention in Gilgandra New Wales. In 1912 Howard built a prototype hoe. It used rotating discs driven by a tractor engine to cut weeds and plants roots and mixes these with the soil. For many crops this method produced top soil more suitable for seeding and growth than convectional ploughs had done. He designed many different rotary hoes models for specific applications including orchards, vineyards, sugarcane and heavy duty hoes for clearing. In 1928 Howard started the Howard Auto Company near Sydney and by 1929 he was exporting hoes throughout the world. By the 1970’s the company had produced more than 400,0000 hoes sold in more than 120 countries and had operations in 14 countries.
|Address:||Newell Highway, Gilgandra Historical Society, Gilgandra, 2827|
|GPS Coordinates:||Lat: -31.722635|
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
|Approx. Event Start Date:||1920|
|Approx. Event End Date:||1920|
|Actual Monument Dedication Date:||Monday 10th January, 1983|
HOWARD ROTARY HOE
THIS DISPLAY HAS BEEN ERECTED TO THE
ARTHUR CLIFFORD HOWARD
THE INVENTOR AND MANUFACTURER OF THE
FAMOUS HOWARD ROTARY HOE
INVENTED GILGANDRA 1920
PRODUCTION COMMENCED 1923
THIS MODEL WAS ORIGINALLY PURCHASED 1932
PRESENTED BY MR. DAVID MACINTYRE OF SCONE
RESTORED BY MR. JACK ESTENS OF GILGANDRA
OFFICIALLY UNVEILED BY
MR. JOHN HOWARD
10th JANUARY 1983