The new Headlie Taylor statue, facing the Olympic Highway in Henty’s Bicentennial Park, will be unveiled by Tim Fischer on Wednesday, September 12, in time to greet visitors to the iconic Henty Machinery Field Days.
The bronze sculpture is the culmination of four years of fundraising and work by the Headlie Taylor Header Museum Heritage Project Committee.
Under the chairmanship of the late Colin Wood, the committee sought to recognise the world renowned inventor of the ground drive header in 1914 and the auto header in 1924.
“Headlie Taylor’s invention revolutionised the harvesting of grain,” descendant and committee member Bruce Taylor said.
“Stage one is the creation and installation of the life-sized bronze sculpture recognising Headlie’s invention and stage two will be a memorial scholarship for an agricultural student.”
Melbourne sculptor Paul Smits, who also created the statue of Lieutenant Albert Borella VC which stands at Peards Nursery in Albury, will attend the unveiling.
He will also offer a workshop for interested adult artists and community members on September 13.
The committee was excited to see the header monument come to fruitition.
In conjunction with Murray Arts, and Greater Hume Council, they are thrilled to see history, art, agriculture and engineering combine to provide the community with a continuous reminder of a world renowned achievement created in Henty more than 100 years ago.
In November 1995 Taylor’s invention was recognised by The Institution of Engineers, Australia with a dedicated marker.
St Paul’s Primary School and Henty Public School will be attending and providing entertainment items for the program.
Taylor House and McKay House at Henty Public School were named from the Header’s story.
With the introduction of technology as a story telling tool, Headlie Taylor’s story can now also be viewed and heard via a phone app.
Many students have visited the museum to view the fascinating blacksmith’s shop featuring Headlie Taylor’s handmade tools, and original anvil and admire the authentically restored header.
The September 12 official opening is open to the public and will be held at 2pm.