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Smith, Richard Bowyer (1837 - 1919)

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Agricultural machinery maker
Born: 2 September 1837  London, England.  Died: 4 February 1919  Subiaco, Western Australia, Australia.
Richard Bowyer Smith, a farmer from Kalkabury, in the mallee country of South Australia. Initially he worked as an apprentice engineer then a foreman with a farm implement firm. Smith, with the help of his blacksmith brother (Clarence Herbert Smith), developed the first stump-jump plough, the 'Vixen' three-furrow plough, in 1876. This eliminated the time-consuming task of removing rocks and the stumps and roots of felled trees before ploughing could commence, dramatically changing the processes of clearing and cultivating. Smith received 500, a gold medal and a grant of 260 hectares of land from the South Australian government for his work.
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