Talking Machines

Talking Machines

With Talking Machines, the Museum of the Riverina will reach across generations to give a voice to dormant farm machinery and capture hidden histories.

Over the next two years, the project team will interview the  men and women who operated and maintained over 40 remarkable machines, and we will capture footage of many of the machines in action. 11 museums across the Riverina will participate and each will receive the technology to play the films of the machines in their collections.

As well as improved display across partner museums, an educational resource for participating museums will also be created for the Year 9/10 History syllabus that will, for the first time, tell the story of Australia's role in the Industrial Revolution and international export market.

In rusted metal frames and once sharp blades, the memories of generations of Australian men and women who farmed an unforgiving landscape will come to life. This project builds on decades of farm machinery research by Australia's foremost rural technology expert, Margaret Simpson, Curator of Science and Industry at the Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences in Sydney.

Talking Machines Project Launch

This two-year project to capture the region’s rural past is now complete!

Join us for a grand screening of films from the 11 participating museums and afternoon tea.

Special guest Speaker and Australia’s foremost rural technology expert, Margaret Simpson, will discuss the importance of the Riverina’s nationally-significant collection of rural machinery. Margaret is the Curator of Science & Industry at the Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences.

When: Friday 12th May, 2017, 2-4pm
Where: Wagga Wagga City Council meeting room, Cnr Baylis and Morrow Sts, Wagga Wagga
Bookings essential: Fast RSVP with the form below or call 69 269 655


Production photographs

Have a look at the photo gallery below to see what we've been up to.

Talking Machines is a partnership between The Museum of the Riverina, The Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, Museums & Galleries of NSW, the Wiradjuri Language & Cultural Heritage Recovery Program (Charles Sturt University), Oral History NSW, award-winning local filmmaker, John Riddell, regional cultural and educational consultants and 11 community museums across Eastern & Western Riverina.

The participating museums are:

  • Batlow Museum
  • Cootamundra Heritage Centre
  • Greens Gunyah in Lockhart
  • Junee Broadway Museum
  • Museum of the Riverina, Wagga Wagga
  • Pioneer Women's Hut in Tumbarumba
  • Temora Rural Museum
  • Tumut Museum
  • Weethalle Whistle-stop Arts Centre & Museum
  • Wyalong Museum
  • The Up-to-Date Store, Coolamon.

Arts NSW

Talking Machines is supported by Regional Partnerships Funding from Arts NSW.