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Smoothing Plane - John Spence, Wood & Metal, Edinburgh, circa 1890s Object Reg. No: HT 7829

Smoothing Plane used by John Spence to make furniture for the Nicholls' home in Australia. John Spence migrated to Australia in 1923 with his nephew's family, William and Susannah Nicholls and their two children Margaret and John. In Australia the family first moved to Walwa in North Eastern Victoria, where Will was appointed as a teacher. They then moved to Pearcedale on the Mornington Peninsula, as Will was keen to try farming. The farming was unsuccessful, and both Will and Susannah returned to teaching.
Wooden plane with metal blade and bolts.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Ms. Gillian Borrack, 2004
Discipline: History

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Tagged with: immigration, making do, settlement, domestic life, english immigration, brought goods, woodworking tools
Themes this item is part of: Susannah Nicholls, English Migrant, 1923, Domestic & Community Life Collection, Migration Collection
Primary Classification: MIGRATION
Secondary Classification: Travel - Brought Goods
Tertiary Classification: hand tools
Inscriptions: Maker's inscription on wooden surface: J. Spence of Edinburgh
Place Made: Edinburgh, Scotland, Great Britain, circa 1890s
User: Mr John Spence, Victoria, Australia, circa 1923-1930


Ian Wells Posted on 19 Feb 2013 3:51 PM
I think that you'll find its a Jack plane not a smoothing plane

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