In Reply to: Re: Ns to Australia posted by John Brown on March 21, 2019 at 15:21:07:
I've never seen any data that there was ever a lend/lease program for anything other than the Fordsons at the beginning of WWI. That was the agreement made by Ford to the UK to supply new Fordson Tractors thru the MoM so England could maintain domestic farming during the war. Originally England was going to begin manufacturing the new tractors there, then the war deemed that all UK manufacturing be directed to war ordnance and essential products. The Fordson was barely out of infancy in 1917 and the initial order was for 5000 tractors to be sent immediately. Many Fordson tractors made it to Australia, but unsure if it was part of the agreement as the land down under was part of English rule. When Harry Ferguson released his TE20 in 1946, built in Coventry, England after Henry Ford II fired him, no doubt many made it down under as well. Also, like you say, another place to check in with is the FENA organization. The Ferguson Enthusiasts of North America is pretty much worldwide and not just covering North America. You can ask the technical adviser there, Robert Sybrandy, as he can further expand on this topic. The Ferguson story includes Sir Hillary's expedition to Antarctica where they used multiple TE20 Ferguson tractors. Fergies made it there and to New Zeeland as well. Ford built TVO/kerosene burning models, designated the 'NAN' units and were mostly exported as already stated.