Branding Pot - Newmarket Saleyards, Newmarket, pre 1987 Object Reg. No: SH 900078

Summary:
Shallow square tin with centre handle (broken on one end). Used for holding paint to dip cattle brands. Used at Newmarket Saleyards.

Prior to World War II, tar was used to brand cattle. After 1940, paint was more commonly used. A branding pot was often found hanging at the lane gateway and stock would be marked as it passed. After the Stock Agents sold the cattle, the drovers or yardmen would be waiting to mark the sold stock. If the branding pot became too built up with paint, the drovers would put the tin on the fire and burn out the leftover paint remnants. Agents were sometimes identified by different colours. Some Newmarket workers recollect that Stock Agents were represented by the following colours - Elders: Light Blue; Australian Estates: Silver; Gippsland and Northern Co-Operative: Dark Green; and Fairbairn: Red.
Description:
Shallow square tin with centre handle (broken on one end). Red paint is set in tin.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from State Government of Victoria Major Projects Unit, 1990
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 25.00 cm (Height), 23.00 cm (Width), 28.00 cm (Length)

More information

Tagged with: working life, cattle husbandry, cattle yards, livestock sale yards, branding irons, sheep yards, sheep husbandry, making history - newmarket saleyards
Themes this item is part of: Stock Management at the Newmarket Saleyards, Drovers at the Newmarket Saleyards, Joe Raymer's Memories of Droving at the Newmarket Saleyards, 1940-1963, Sustainable Futures Collection, Working Life & Trades Collection, Glossary of the Newmarket Saleyards, Newmarket Collection
Primary Classification: AGRICULTURE & RURAL LIFE
Secondary Classification: Livestock Markets
Tertiary Classification: branding irons
Place Used: Newmarket Saleyards, Newmarket, Victoria, Australia, pre 1987
Organisation Named: Elders, Newmarket, Victoria, Australia, pre 1987
Organisation Named: Australian Estates, Newmarket, Victoria, Australia, pre 1987
Organisation Named: Gippsland and Northern Co.-Operative Ltd., Newmarket, Victoria, Australia, pre 1987
Organisation Named: Fairbairn, Newmarket, Victoria, Australia, pre 1987

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