Roger Mahan, of Milburn, is looking forward to joining
Chamberlain 9G Tractor Club of Western Australia members
who are driving their tractors around the South Island
later this month. Photo supplied.
I bought my 9G Chamberlain about 13 years ago so I could
take part in tractor treks and also use it for farm chores on
my Geraldine farm property.
When I located it, the tractor had been parked under pine
trees for some years and was in very poor condition.
I wanted it reliable and comfortable so major work was
carried out and we made mudguards for both the front and back
The 9G Chamberlain is a sought-after tractor as it is capable
of speeds of up to 50kmh and has power steering and good
I consider it a great privilege having our Australian friends
from Western Australia bring 12 tractors from Perth to do a
month-long South Island tour.
I will be joining them and driving my tractor from Cromwell
to Tuatapere, Invercargill, Gore and Tapanui before leaving
them at Millers Flat, where some of my employees will take
turns on other sections of the trek.
I happened to be in the United States when the Chamberlain
Tractor Club did a tour from the east to west coast.
The amount of interest, hospitality and friendship of the
American people was unbelievable.
The newspapers and others followed their adventure daily and
gave them really extensive publicity.
Chamberlain tractors were Australian-made. They had a good
share of the Australian market and a few hundred were sold in
New Zealand covering the range from 9Gs to the larger sizes
up to 90 horsepower. They proved to be well made and
US company John Deere bought Chamberlain and eventually
closed the manufacturing plant of Chamberlain.
Milburn Lime has had special caps made and is giving them to
the visitors and participants. The caps have a Chamberlain
tractor with a Kangaroo and a Kiwi on either side.