Nail - Handmade, Newmarket Saleyards, Newmarket, pre 1950 Object Reg. No: SH 900179

Summary:
Hand forged iron nail, slightly tapered square section with wider head. Used at the Newmarket Saleyards.

Maintenance of the Newmarket yards was done by the Melbourne City Council. It mainly involved replacing rotten or broken timber fence rails and posts; repair of fittings on gates and rails; re-laying bluestone pitchers; and cleaning and maintenance of the administration buildings. The yard rails were made of hardwood, some of the older posts were jarrah but most were red gum. Sometimes damage to the yard would be caused by animals pushing against fences or becoming stuck between fence rails. Emergency maintenance and repairs had to be made during the sales, with the work being done quickly around the stock.
Description:
Slightly tapered nail with square head, hammered at corners to create diamond shape and bevelled corner; evidence of some minor rusting.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from State Government of Victoria Major Projects Unit, 1990
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 18 mm (Width), 161 mm (Length)

More information

Tagged with: livestock, rural industry, rural victoria, multipurpose tools, tools, livestock sale yards, making history - newmarket saleyards
Themes this item is part of: 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: nails
Date Made: Newmarket, Victoria, Australia, pre 1950
Place Used: Newmarket Saleyards, Newmarket, Victoria, Australia, pre 1987
User: Melbourne City Council (MCC), Newmarket, Victoria, Australia, pre 1987

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