Victa ‘peach tin’ prototype rotary lawn mower

Made in Concord, New South Wales, Australia, 1952.

In 1951 Mervyn Victor Richardson hit on a winner when he built a rotary mower in his garage in the Sydney suburb of Concord. His prototype model had a hand built frame and a peach tin petrol tank. Tired of pushing hand mowers around their lawns, Australians flocked to buy the new Victas. The first production Victa mower was made in 1953 and by 1965 Richardson was a millionaire. The advantage of the Victa over the hand mowers was that it could cut long grass, rough vegetation as well as roots and...


Victa 'peach-tin prototype' lawn mower, power rotary, with a two-stroke Villiers petrol engine, metal, designed by Mervyn Victor Richardson, made by Mervyn Victor Richardson, 81 Bray Street, Concord, New South Wales, Australia, NSW, 1952

Lawn mower consisting of a lightweight rectangular metal frame with a metal wheel at each corner. A two piece metal cross bar supports a Villiers single cylinder two stroke petrol engine mounted vertically which has a manual rope pull starter at the top and at the bottom a metal arm with two blades attached to it. Also on the cross bar is a petrol tank made from a used preserved fruit can with a screw lid soldered into the top.

Attached to the rear axle is a handle bent from a single piece of metal into an inverted 'U' shape. On the handle is a hand operated accelerator lever attached by a cable to the carburettor.


840 mm
470 mm


Designed by Mervyn Victor Richardson at his house at 81 Bray Street Concord on about 1 August 1952

Made by Mervyn Victor Richardson in his garage at 81 Bray Street, Concord, about 1 August 1952.

Very close to or on 1 August 1952 as estimated by Gary Richardson


Gift of Victa Pty Ltd, 1997
20 January, 1997

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This object is currently on display in Experimentations at the Powerhouse Museum.
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