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Jack Plane - Yarra Punt Builder, circa 1830s Object Reg. No: HT 12430

Long wooden jack plane made by A. Mathieson & Son, Glasgow & Edinburgh, Scotland. Used for rough smoothing long timbers prior to finishing them with a trying or jointer plane. Once owned by Joseph Stevenson, reputed to have built the first wooden house in Melbourne and the first public punt to operate on the Yarra River, for publican William Watts, near the site of the present Princes Bridge. He was also involved in the construction of Kirk's Horse Bazaar in Bourke Street and other early Melbourne buildings. Joseph Stevenson later settled at Kangaroo Ground in the 1840s.
Made from a heavy & dense light-grained timber, probably oak.
1 ft 5 in (433 mm) x 2 7/8 in (73 mm) x 6 ½-in (170 mm )
2 5/16 in blade
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Mrs Diana Bassett-Smith, 2006
Discipline: Technology
Dimensions: 17.30 cm (Height), 7.10 cm (Width), 43.10 cm (Length)

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Tagged with: rivers, ferries, punts, shipbuilding, woodworking tools
Themes this item is part of: Transport Collection, Working Life & Trades Collection
On Display at: Melbourne Museum
Primary Classification: TRADES
Secondary Classification: Carpentry & Woodworking
Tertiary Classification: hand tools - planes
Inscriptions: Stamped into leading end: 'A. MATHIESON & SON/GLASGOW & EDINBURGH" also "G.S." and "I.M" in large letters on leading end.
Date Used: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1830s
References: Salaman, R. A, Dictionary of tools used in the woodworking and allied trades, c. 1700-1970, London, Allen & Unwin, 1975

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