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Trying Plane - Yarra Punt Builder, circa 1930s Reg. No: HT 12433
- Long wooden trying plane made by A. Mathieson & Son, Glasgow, Scotland and sold through H.H. Masefield. Used for smoothing the surface and edges of long timber planks to produce parallel edges that could be joined without gaps. 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 timber.
1 ft 10 in (560 mm) x 3 5/8 in (83 mm) x 7 in (180 mm)
2 9/16 in blade.
- Acquisition Information:
- Donation from Mrs Diana Bassett-Smith, 2006
|Dimensions:||17.95 cm (Height), 8.45 cm (Width), 56.25 cm (Length)|
|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|
|Secondary Classification:||Carpentry & Woodworking|
|Tertiary Classification:||hand tools - planes|
|Inscriptions:||Stamped into top: "H.H. MASEFIELD"
Stamped into leading end: "A. MATHIESON & SON, GLASGOW / BEST WARRANTED". Also, "WITH MOON & STAR".
|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|