Tractor, Lanz Bulldog Crawler; Lanz; 1938


Tractor, Lanz Bulldog Crawler

About this object

This is Lanz Bulldog Crawler which is a tractor on tracks. The tracks dispersed the weight of the tractor more evenly enabling the tractor to go over wetter ground than a steel or rubber tyre.

This was a single cylinder tractor which was required to be heater with a blow lamp prior to starting. The motor could start running in either direction which was problematic - if the engine started in the wrong direction it had to be stopped and the procedure then need to be repeated until the engine started in correct direction.

It is believed that the Goodal Family of Mossburn were the original owners of this Bulldog Crawler. A young Lex McMillan's first job out of school was working for Drummond contractor, Bert King. His first job in his role with King was to drive the Bulldog from Mossburn to Drummond. Bert King used the bulldog for his contracting business and later sold it on to Jim Swaney.

Jim Swaney donated the bulldog to the Club between 1985 and 1995 and it sat waiting for parts to be found for a time. After the bulldog was restored, it was officially relaunched as a operational machine by Invercargill Mayor Tim Shadbolt, along with two of Jim Swaney's daughters.



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Date Made




Place Made

Europe, Germany, Baden-Wurttemberg, Mannheim

Medium and Materials

inorganic, processed material, metal, cast iron
inorganic, processed material, metal, alloy, steel
inorganic, processed material, metal copper
inorganic, processed material, metal, alloy, copper alloy, brass
inorganic, processed material, synthetic, plastic
organic, processed material, string?
inorganic, processed material, metal, zinc


h 2300 mm x w 1800 mm x l 2650 mm

Subject and Association Keywords


Subject and Association Keywords

Machinery and Tools

Object Type

occupation-based equipment

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