I have just returned from an extended tour of Australia, trying to see as many collections and local museums as possible. Everywhere we looked there was UK equipment to photograph and record and now there are more than 2,000 photographs to sort, process and to get some of them live on GG.

Every town seemed to have a little local museum and unlike the UK, they were focussed on the social history rather than dinosaurs and stuffed animals. One example in a remote village, we came across an old-timer who had collected some 250 tractors and would have kept us there all day talking about them if we hadn’t needed to push on after a couple of hours. He did have some rather special ones though and I have always thought I would like to own a Field Marshall.

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