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Biographical entry Taylor, Headlie Shipard (1883 - 1957)

7 July 1883
Bungowannah, New South Wales, Australia
22 March 1957
Sunshine, Victoria, Australia
Agricultural engineer


Headlie Taylor was an agricultural machinery designer who worked for H.V. McKay (later H.V. McKay Massey Harris) from 1914-1954. His major inventions were a header harvester in 1914 and the 'Sunshine' auto-header, the first self-propelled harvester to be manufactured in large numbers, in 1924.


Born 7 July 1883. Died 22 March 1957. Invented a header harvester 1914, the 'Sunshine' auto-header. Supervisor of production of the header for H.V. McKay from 1916, retired in 1954 as superintendent of agricultural machinery works, H V McKay Massey Harris Pty Ltd.

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  • Doring, Carl and Doring, Margret, '100 years of the Header Harvester: Headlie S. Taylor builds the first header harvester in his farm blacksmith shop', Engineering Heritage Australia Magazine, 1 (5) (2014), 6-10. Details


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Rosanne Walker