Chapter Nineteen


After delays with Australia Post I have finally received 2023/24 NHMA member (insurance) cards, and will be distributing them in person at the AGM or via post. Apology for the delay. 

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At the 2023 Annual General Meeting (AGM) to be held at William Adams on Wednesday 27th September, special guest Mr Gordon Hellsten, former Antarctic Business Manager attributed with testing and validating the first rubber belted Challenger tractors into the harsh Antarctic environment, will provide an informative and intersting presentation, supported by showing the Vostok 900 documentry that celebrates this 1962 900-mile traverse completed with Cat D4 tractors. Members and guests are welcome, dinner will also be provided. Check out the events section of the website for more details. 

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The Tail Seat HighTea weekend culminated in a wonderful home cooked lunch provided by Anna & Mike Meyer at their farm in Strathallan, Vic. The smell of the slow cooked meal, and fire warmed bread dragged even the most avid tractor man out from one of the many sheds, and graveyards surrounding the homestead for our last meal together for the weekend. Anna and Mike were wonderful and gracious hosts. It seemed everywhere you turned there was another tractor Mike had dragged home, many as parts tractors that he saved from the scrappy, including Thirties, 2 TONS, D4's, D2's, RD6, Fifteens and more and every undercover shed space of the working farm seemed to house a tractor or at least a part of one, with Mike adding notes with a brief history on many tractors- so it was like a tractor hunt!  Just spending time looking thorough his workshop was enough to warm the heart without standing around the fire! Thanks again Anna & Mike.


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What started with an adventourous plan and idea, the 'Building Australia' documentry has now reached its first milestone, with creation of a promotional 'sizzle reel' clip and sales pitch presentation. The project, involves the Chapter entering into a contract wtih Vitamin Media to  secure funding to produce a feature length or multiple program series for public broadcast to celebrate the role Caterpillar, its dealers, people and machines have had in shaping modern Australia in time for the 2025 centenerary celebrations of Caterpillar. Intial funding was secured from friends of the Chapter, William Adams and Caterpillar of Australia and we have also received endrosement and support from  the Caterpillar Brand Marketing team in the USA and even a Cat APD Vice President, and other senior Cat people. You can check out the video for yourself here Building Australia project


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The Great Aussie Beer Shed was our host venue for the dinner and triva night, and certianly lived up to its name. Proprietor Neil was a perfect host giving the Chapter a funny and engaging presentation on the history of the museum and some of its exhibits, with a real passion for Aussie made products. The two course roast dinner was a hit, and raffle ticket sales were strong with Benji & Thomas Hutchings selling $470 worth of tickets between them! First prize went to Sue Cornfoot, second price to Sharon Schlien and third prize went to Neil our host. 

Glen hosted three rounds of triva, with topics including Cat & William Adams history, Australian general knowledge and Who or what am I. In the end team "High Ten's" won the night and were awarded their gold medals. The night was a huge success, thanks very much to Eric & Margot Thiele for organising the venue and bus transfers, it was a great choice and one that will be hard to beat. It was wonderful to see old friends and new, catching up and having a laugh, and wives and partners also enjoying the night and making new friends. Being involved in a Club like ACMOC is about more than just the tractors, its a bringing people together, socialising and supporitng each other in a safe and friendly environment. 

Thanks to William Adams for donating the new D8 & D10 stubbie holders and hamper cooler bags.   

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