Bluestone Thumper - Newmarket Saleyards, Newmarket, pre 1987 Object Reg. No: SH 900038

Large, bluestone thumper with a hard piece of wood as a central boy and two handles (one vertical at the top and the other horizontal). Used to thump the bluestone into sand base. Used at Newmarket Saleyards.

Bluestone pitchers at Newmarket Saleyards were laid in uneven patterns to prevent the cattle from 'bunching' and to give them a better surface for their hooves to grip. They were also laid in patterns to provide drainage and direct effluent. Bluestone 'pitchers' were often used to duplicate the cobbles of English streets (pitchers were so named because they were traditionally 'pitched' using masons hammer and bolster chisel).

When the Newmarket Saleyards were dismantled, much of the bluestone was recycled. It is estimated that there were 1.6 million bluestone paving stones at the Saleyards. Some 480,000 of these went to council depots, another 480,000 for reuse on the project site and the remaining 700,000 were sold to the public at $2.50 each.
Hardwood block with a piece of metal pipe bolted through the centre, as the handle.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from State Government of Victoria Major Projects Unit, 1990
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 34.00 cm (Width), 100.00 cm (Length)
Dimension Comment: 080cm.

More information

Tagged with: hand tools, livestock sale yards, pavement construction, stoneworking, making history - newmarket saleyards
Themes this item is part of: Bluestone Paving at the Newmarket Saleyards, Administration & Maintenance at the Newmarket Saleyards, Municipality of Melbourne, Victoria, Sustainable Futures Collection, Working Life & Trades Collection, Newmarket Collection
Primary Classification: AGRICULTURE & RURAL LIFE
Secondary Classification: Livestock Markets
Tertiary Classification: hand tools
Place Used: Newmarket Saleyards, Newmarket, Victoria, Australia, pre 1987
Creator: Melbourne City Council (MCC), Newmarket, Victoria, Australia, pre 1987
References: Vincent, K 1992, "On the fall of the hammer : a personal history of Newmarket saleyards", Lee White ed, State Library of Victoria, Melbourne.

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