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Allen Key - Metal, circa 1970s-1980s Object Reg. No: SH 912383

Allen key made circa 1970s-1980s. The word Allen in the name of this tool relates to the original American manufacturer of this item. It was used to turn round-head bolts with hexagonal slots and was found in a bit rack (SH 912379) in Area E4 at Adolph Bruhn & Son's Wood Turners Shop, 283 Coventry Street, South Melbourne. The business was established by Adolph Bruhn circa 1893 in Little Collins Street, Melbourne. Upon his death in 1919 it was then operated by Adolph's son Sophus Christopher Bruhn. Upon Sophus's death in 1959 his son Sophus Walter Bruhn took over the business. In 1970 Sophus reduced the scale of the business and relocated to South Melbourne. The business closed upon Sophus's death in January 1990.

Adolph Bruhn migrated to Australia from Germany in 1884, at the age of 29. He arrived in Adelaide where he lived for 10 months before moving to Victoria, where he settled, established his business, married and had five children.
L-shaped metal piece, hexagonal in cross-section with narrower tip on longer end.
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 8.50 cm (Height), 5.00 cm (Length)

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Tagged with: trades, german communities, german immigration, woodturning industry
Themes this item is part of: Bruhn Collection, Working Life & Trades Collection
Primary Classification: TRADES
Secondary Classification: Woodturning
Tertiary Classification: hand tools
Date Made: circa 1970s-1980s
User: Mr Sophus Bruhn - Adolph Bruhn & Son, South Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, circa 1970s-1980s
References: The Practical Woodworker...,p.431.

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