BILL Shanley is a Bunyan farmer who has a most unusual hobby (is it a passion or an obsession, wife Moya wonders) that is attracting worldwide attention.
He collects tractors. At last count he has 110 of them, all lovingly restored if need be, and maintained, and sheltered, and in good working order.
And so far has Bill's fame spread, that last week a film crew from National Geographic visited Bunyan to record Bill and his hobby, for inclusion in a global TV program about tractor collectors. Others in Brazil, America and South Africa will be included in the program, scheduled to air early in 2014.
Bill is very proud of his tractor collecting reputation. Type "tractor collector" into Google, he says, and up pops his name.
His collection is quite a sight, spread across paddocks near the homestead, and every one had to be moved from its shed into the open to accommodate the film crew.
There are John Deeres and Chamberlains and many others, and several going back decades. Lots of them come from overseas.
But how does a sheep and cattle farmer in Bunyan buy a tractor from, say, the United States?
Easy - you just go online, buy one, and get it shipped out in a container. Bill learnt how to do it when he purchased a $500 computer and started surfing the net.
Yes, but why does he have so many tractors, big and small? What's the attraction?
It's just a bug, he said. It's like an addiction.
He used to own racehorses, and showhorses.
"Now I just play with tractors, and I don't have to feed them," he said.
But they are also a good investment and provide returns, in Bill's estimation, much better than bank interest rates, which is an added incentive to enjoy his hobby.