Tractor, Moline Universal Model D; Moline Plow Company; 1919


Tractor, Moline Universal Model D

About this object

This Moline Universal Model D Tractor with single farrow plough was made in 1919. It was retrieved from Walter Peak Station in the early 1950s by the McKenzie family of Wrights Bush.

The front power unit was designed so that a range of implements could be be incorporated with ease, including the easy adaption of horse drawn implements. The Model D was the first tractor to come factory standard with an electric starter, electric lights and electric speed control. Moline also manufactured a range of implements to be used with its Universal Tractors.


Moline Plow Company

Maker Role


Date Made




Place Made

North and Central America, United States, Illinois, Rock Island County, Moline

Medium and Materials

inorganic, processed material, metal, alloy, steel
inorganic, processed material, metal, cast iron
inorganic, processed material, copper
inorganic, processed material, metal, alloy, aluminium
inorganic, processed material, metal, alloy, copper alloy, brass
inorganic, processed material, metal, lead
inorganic, processed material, glass

Inscription and Marks

'Moline Plow Co' is embossed on both ends of the fuel tank. Moline Universal Tractor is painted on the steering frame and on the plough blade.


h 2140 mm x l 4300 mm x w 1400 mm

Subject and Association Keywords


Object Type

occupation-based equipment

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Bryan Chumbley 10 Feb 2021 14:26 PM,UTC

My great grandfather was an international representative for Moline Plow in the early 1900's. He traveled to New Zealand and Australia around the the beginning of WW1. He may have had a hand in bringing this tractor to NZ.

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