Buffalo catcher

Toyota Motor Co1980s

National Museum of Australia

National Museum of Australia
Canberra, Australia

Modified and battered green Toyota Landcruiser 40 series short-wheelbase four-wheel-drive vehicle known as the 'Buff Catcher'.

On the right-side front corner of its prominent bullbar is a heavy steel 'bionic catching arm', which was designed by Cal Carrick to catch feral buffalo. The arm is powered by an electric motor that is mounted on the left side chassis rail behind the bullbar. Several drive-belts run from the electric motor across the front of the flyscreen-shielded radiator grille to the ratchet mechanism that raises the catching arm. A steel tube that mechanically releases and drops the arm, or raises it through the operation of an electric switch, runs from the ratchet mechanism, along the top of the right side of the bonnet, to a control in front of the driver.

The vehicle is encased in rusty steel plate 'armour' welded to a steel frame. The original windscreen, two doors, and the roof or canopy have been removed. A spare wheel is attached to a large bracket across the back of the very worn and torn black vinyl seats. The tailgate is welded shut, and a Northern Territory vehicle licence plate (number 179 977) is attached to it. The bonnet is secured by a strap made from a section of nylon webbing seat belt and a piece of rope, which is tied to the frame for the armour on the right side.

Both of the back corners of the bonnet have '21' stencilled on them in black. The paintwork is very faded and worn. All of the lights and indicators are broken or missing, with the exception of the right headlight.


  • Title: Buffalo catcher
  • Creator: Toyota Motor Co
  • Date: 1980s
  • Location: Japan & Northern Territory, Australia
  • Material: Steel, Rubber, Vinyl, Nylon, Rope, Glass
  • Dimensions: L 4100mm x W 1840mm x H 1630mm
  • Credit: Donated by Tommy Fawcett
  • Collection: Tommy Fawcett collection National Museum of Australia

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