One titanic tractor put Red Cliffs on the map

INVENTOR Frank Bottrill built his dream tractor, Big Lizzie, in 1915 with the help of the A H McDonald and Co engineering works that was situated at the time in Richmond, Melbourne.

The construction began early that year and by mid-October, Big Lizzie, and two trailers were completed and ready to begin their journey north.

They set out from Richmond in early 1916, heading towards outback New South Wales where Mr Bottrill intended for Lizzie, below, to work.

Mr Bottrill had worked in Broken Hill years earlier and that experience was the genesis of his massive tractor invention.

They reached Mildura in October 1917 to find the Murray River in flood.

Without a bridge to cross the river, the big tractor’s journey could not be completed for several months at least, so Mr Bottrill began to seek work in the area.

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