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    GMH at Pagewood (Sydney) made a small cannon as well as the Australian version of a Jeep Trailer. The genuine American trailers had arched mudguards while the Australian version had folded mudguards.
    The whole wartime manufacturing story would be a very interesting read!!
    Just do it!

    Kind regards Rod

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    They cast the hulls for the Australian designed Cruiser tanks at Bankstown foundry.
    Usual story the septics wouldn't supply motors and gear bags so we abandoned it and bought their tanks.
    At least we didn't buy the Pom crap until they finally came out with the Centurion (just years too late).
    As a matter of interest the neighbours say they had about 70 in my 40 x 60 ft shed making aircraft instruments.
    H.
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    Here you go......and thanks for the push to go looking!

    https://www.awm.gov.au/collection/RCDIG1070217/

    especially in this chapter....

    https://www.awm.gov.au/images/collection/pdf/RCDIG1070166--1-.pdf


    pages 28 on through 34

    A quick glance shows some of our makers doing the work.
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    F. Tough Perth - Optical Munitions
    and of particular interest to me Handley, the Watch case maker also, since I have a set of proportional dividers made during that time with the "Handley " mark.

    Cheers,
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    Quote Originally Posted by clear out View Post
    They cast the hulls for the Australian designed Cruiser tanks at Bankstown foundry.
    Usual story the septics wouldn't supply motors and gear bags so we abandoned it and bought their tanks.
    At least we didn't buy the Pom crap until they finally came out with the Centurion (just years too late).
    As a matter of interest the neighbours say they had about 70 in my 40 x 60 ft shed making aircraft instruments.
    H.

    Henry,
    The full story....and some pictures!!

    https://www.awm.gov.au/images/collection/pdf/RCDIG1070361--1-.pdf

    Cheers,
    Peter
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    Peter,

    Great links there. Reading through, this was another interesting chapter, showing some names we are familiar with:

    https://www.awm.gov.au/images/collec...070355--1-.pdf

    Cheers,

    Camo

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    Thanks for that Peter,we should possibly start a new thread.
    I hadn't seen that info before.
    One of our students at UNSW did his honours thesis on these tanks back in the 70s.
    He had pics and info re testing the turret ring by firing simultaneously 25 pounders installed in same. There were two tanks and a spare hull auctioned in April 2006 at the Narre Warren disposal of the tank museum. I'd gone down to get the 40mm Bofors for the front garden.
    The missus thought it might scare the neighbours.
    I have the cattle dog from the auction they estimated $25000 for the Sentinel and $20000 for the Thunderbolt. The Bofors $4k
    H.
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    On page 4 there is a post by greggyboy regarding a Thornley badge on his chain mortiser that also has MBT on it. Were they local manufacturers or distributors? I have a small MBT 6" jointer and have always wondered what the MBT stood for or who they were. I assumed it would be for something like McMillan Bros. Tools or something similar. I know they also made a combo machine as seen in this thread here
    https://www.woodworkforums.com/f221/c...-planer-136645 and the jointer part pictured is exactly the same as mine.

    Stewie

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    I have an MBT Radial Arm Saw that I have had for 40 years or so. 12" blade running on a hexagonal bar. It would be from the 50s. I also Have a Sawmaster. The Sawmaster was always THE radial to have in that era.

    I would be interested to know who MBT were.
    Just do it!

    Kind regards Rod

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    Yep, got a Sawmaster RAS too.

    Stewie

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ausannie View Post
    Hi all, I'm very pleased to find that the family business is of some interest to so many people. Reuben was born 25th November 1854 in Hobart, Tasmania & Edward Henry was born 15th Nov 1854 in Fitzroy. Their parents were Francis Sparrow, a native of Kilmanagh, Kilkenny, Ireland who arrived in Sydney in April 1844, and Peggy Caroline Lewin, a native of London, England, who arrived in Hobart, Tasmania with her parents sometime between the 1841 census for England and the 1843 census for Tasmania.

    Francis Sparrow is listed as a labourer on the ship's passenger list, and tried his hand at a number of different occupations during his early years in Australia, being listed as dealer, butcher, & draper. He was a timber merchant in Hobart in 1854, and opened a general store in Melbourne after the family moved to Victoria in 1859. By 1867 he owned a sawmill & timber yard in A'Becket St. Melbourne. This was situated on the north side between Colgin Place & Stewart St. The Government Gazette records a fire at the timber yard in 1868 that was found to have been deliberately lit (don't know if they ever found the culprit), and there was also an explosion at the mill in October 1872 which caused the death of a young employee, due to a faulty "gauge glass" (what passed for a meter) on a boiler. The accident led to a recommendation to review how these types of equipment were constructed, and that inspections of machinery be introduced.

    I don't know exactly when R & EH Sparrow started, but it would have been around the turn of the last century as Reuben was a Pattern Maker and also a Draper of 110 Brunswick Street, North Fitzroy until 1898. He moved to Brighton and went into partnership with his brother Edward Henry Sparrow. However there is a listing in the Government Gazette of 3rd Feb 1873 for an application for "patents for inventions" by Francis and his son Reuben "both of Melbourne, chair manufacturers, for 'an improved method for and apparatus for providing an improved Motive Power'. Edward Henry was a qualified steam boiler operator when he married in 1898. Edward's hobby wasto build miniature working models of steam trains. He worked at Brooks Robinsons Timber Mills in Melbourne and later began a business in his back yard making engineering machinery. His wife Martha helped in the business by attending to the book work. It was after his marriage that he went into business with his brother Reuben.

    Edward's sons, Vic, Eric and Lyndsay went into the business also. Vic died, Eric left the business and Lyndsay carried it on (in partnership with one Rex Walker for many years). It then amalgamated with Barkers and moved to the corner of Waterdale Road and Northern Road, West Heidelberg where Lyndsay worked as a draftsman until his retirement at the age of 65. Lyndsay said that when he was young, his brother Vic and his father were very engrossed in the business and would talk about jobs at the factory in Fitzroy after tea and that sometimes they would make chalk sketches for new machines on the oilcloth tablecloth on the kitchen table at his home at 7 Kitchener Street, Ivanhoe, much to the disgust of wife (Martha Jane Henderson) "May" as she was known.

    That's about all I can tell you at present. I talked to my aunt (Lyndsay's daughter) the other day to see if she could tell me more. She remembered that the companies had amalgamated, but couldn't give me a date. My father and uncle, as well as other family members, had an R & EH Sparrow Craftmaster in their workshops for many years. I was very surprised to find that some of their equipment is still in use and being advertised on Gumtree!!

    I'm attaching copies of the leaflets that I have for you. If there's anything else you want to know, please ask & I'll try to find out for you.

    Cheers,
    Ausannie
    That 24" thicknesser is gorgeous! Thanks for all the fascinating info on your family, it is greatly appreciated.

    Here's my addition to the badges, off the Woodfast 10" Bandsaw that I'm fixing up. Was actually off a combination machine, the 10" that was sold individually was branded the Woodfast Junior.


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    Hi all, in my searching to identify the brand/model of a bandsaw I just bought (see here: Bandsaw identification help), I think I've come across an Australian bandsaw manufacturer - Brooklyn
    I hope I haven't missed a previous post for this manufacturer!! Apologies if so. And also apols, if it turns out that this is the location of an existing known manufacturer - I am having a hard time convincing myself I've come up with something original!!

    So far, have very little detail other than these pictures I came across online...
    First - from an ad at Ron Mack machinery (photo quality too low to increase the size of the brand decal):
    USED-BROOKYLN-700MM-VERTICAL-BAND-SAW_10938837.h.jpg
    But found a close up of the decal from a closed grays online auction:
    3451675.jpg

    Will add more about the Bandsaws to the earlier post in the BS forum, but in terms of an Aust manufacturer, hope this is another piece of the larger puzzle. If I find any more details, will come back and update.
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    Gday
    There was a cabinet makers sawbench called a Wellcome possibly made in Melbourne.
    I have only seen two; unfortunately no photos.
    Probably immediate post WW2.
    Cheers
    Tony

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    Here are a couple more badges from the Thornley Saw Bench I picked up on the Weekend.
    Thornley_Badge 1.jpgQLD_Machinery_Co Logo.jpg
    Apparently Queensland Machinery Company was bought out be Evans Deakin Industries in July 1961 Other than that I can't find any other info.

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    An old buzzer I picked up 25 years ago made by Wright engineers.
    Are companies like this somewhat opportunistic manufacturers in that they make a limited line of machines or machine for a short time then move on?

    Tony
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    That's a new one to me, thanks for posting!

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