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It is with great pleasure that AgVita announce the winner of the ‘Where’s AgVita been now?’ competition from the Summer/Autumn ’13 edition of Vitality magazine.
We were swamped with entries, all correctly identifying the picture as being Big Lizzie situated in Red Hills, Victoria a few kilometres from Mildura. Bonus points were awarded for the few who identified Barklay Square as the exact location.
However, there were two stand-out entries ...
1. A consolation prize goes to Shaun in Nurioopta, South Australia who provided the following gem:
My guess for the Summer/Autumn guess where Agvita have been is;
Big Lizzie at Red Cliffs in Victoria.
In actual fact it is located in Barclay square at Red Cliffs.
Big Lizzie was scrapped after much use in Victoria in 1945. It was restored by a committee in 1971.
I had a company vehicle simular to Big Lizzie in a previous employment position however, since joining the Aglink group and using the Agvita lab I have found that we are now driving much more modern vehicles and can afford a few more luxuries, given the comprehensive services that Agvita offer as well as the great analysis pricing.
Shaun missed out on the main prize for failing to provide photographic evidence of the AgVita tattoo he claims he has recently obtained....
2. Therefore the winner of this newsletter’s main prize is.... Daniel from Melbourne. Well done Daniel, your prize is in the mail. To explain why Daniel has won first prize, he has kindly agreed to allow AgVita to reproduce his winning entry:
The photo comp for that bottle of Tassie wine - it's Big Lizzie flexing some muscles with an equally imposing AgVitan coolly flexing some of his own muscles under his shirt. The location? The Red Cliffs and District Historic Society in Red Cliffs Victoria.All of this was fondly passed down generation to generation on my mother's side of the family, and lovingly told to me when I was a wee pup back in '75, when we would gather round the window-mounted airconditioner on stifling afternoons in our one-story mud-and-daub farmhouse on the old Colbinnabbin coach road, and tell stories of the hard times in the old days.
The interesting back story to Big Lizzie, is that the historic society actually has it wrong - it was the original mechanical harvester. Let me explain:
My great great great great uncle was one of the designers of the machine, by chance. He owned the bottle shop next door to the fabrication works in Richmond, and frequently would bring to the workers next door his home-made pear cider made from the pear orchard across the street (now a fancy furniture store). One groggy afternoon he saw the plans for the sand-crawler and suggested that a machine like that might really help him harvest his pears in his orchard. His orchard at the time was frequently flooded from the Yarra River, which during the frequent high flows caused by the micro Ice Age of 1917-1918 would overflow down Chapel St, and into Bridge Rd where it settled silts and confused platypuses (platypii?) into the boughs of his Packham pear trees.
So they cracked a few more coldies out of the ice block that held them, and worked up a design for harvesting fruit in the mud and silts of the orchard. Hey presto, Big Lizzie was born!! Shortly after the machine was made, a case of eminent domain from Melbourne's planning minister of the time, Jebediah Guy the Elder, was made on the orchard, and it was turned into a bland block of low rise flats for the wave of new city-bound immigrants from the outback town of Dandenong. Big Lizzie no longer had a use as a mechanical harvester, and so was re-commisioned for the long trek to the Murray River.
However, just when Daniel had us convinced, hidden down the bottom of his email were the words:
PS none of this is actually true.
*Well Done to Daniel, Shaun and all those who entered. Keep an eye out for our next competition, where the location will not be as easily identified!