Tractor, Samson Sieve-grip; Samson; 1918


Tractor, Samson Sieve-grip

About this object

This is a Samson Sieve Grip Tractor which was purchased by the Paterson Family of Makaroa Station (West of Lake Wanaka on the Haast Road) brand new in 1918. George Paterson, a foundation member of the Thornbury Vintage Tractor Club, knew his family had left a tractor under a tree at Wanaka and thought they best go get it. So they went back and there it was under the same tree. Once retrieved the family got the tractor going and used it at that time.

In the 1980s, it was dismantled for restoration and unfortunately the gentleman who was doing the restoration passed away and some parts were disposed of as part of his estate. When it was retrieved in the 1990s, Club member Les Brown manufactured parts and restored the tractor.

Roughly 16 of these tractors have survived in New Zealand, with a further 16 having survived in the United States. The Club also has another one of these Samson Sievegrip Tractors in their collection.

Members of the Club note that due to having only three wheels, the Samson is a ‘clumsy’ tractor.



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Date Made




Place Made

North and Central America, United States, Wisconsin, Rock County, Janesville

Medium and Materials

inorganic, processed material, metal, cast iron
inorganic, processed material, metal, metal alloy, steel
inorganic, processed material, metal, copper
inorganic, processed material, canvas


h 1620 mm x w 1600 mm x d 4400 mm

Subject and Association Keywords


Subject and Association Keywords

Machinery and Tools

Object Type

occupation-based equipment

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