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Trying Plane - Yarra Punt Builder, circa 1930s Object 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
Discipline: Technology
Dimensions: 17.95 cm (Height), 8.45 cm (Width), 56.25 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 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


Lawrence Stevenson Posted on 05 Apr 2015 11:10 AM
I believe the headline date of circa 1930s is a typographical error. It should correctly read 1830s.

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