East Brothers Elevator
|Also known as||East Bros and Coy Ltd Elevator|
|Type of thing||Farming|
|Date made or found||The date "1950s" was not understood.|
|Place used||Farrelly Road, Mallala, Hundred of Grace|
|Current location||Mallala Museum|
|Used in||Loading grain bags and hay bales|
|Ceased use||The date "1970s" was not understood.|
In the mid 1950s, A.A. Griffiths and son J.C. Griffiths of 'Pine Grove' Mallala purchased an All Purpose Elevator from East Bros manufacturing company of Mallala South Australia.
The elevator was used on their farm for three functions:
- Loading bagged grain from the paddock onto a truck
- Shifting bulk grain from the truck bin to the farm storage silos
- Loading small bales of hay from the paddock to truck and/or from truck to haystack
The elevator worked efficiently but was heavy and cumbersome to manipulate.
After the introduction of bulk grain facilities at Mallala in 1957 the elevator continued to be used at times on the farm, moving bagged oats for storage or sale and shifting seed grain into the mouseproof barn to store for the following year.
The elevator continued to be used infrequently on the farm as a hay elevator until J.C. and son A.J. Griffiths made the transition into making large round bales of hay and the production of small bales as a large scale operation was gradually phased out.
The East Bros Elevator is displayed at the Mallala Museum.
- J. C. Griffiths