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Barbed Wire Sample - Abbott, Single Strand, Four Point, Double Kink, Bendigo, Australia, 1943 Object Reg. No: ST 046014

Abbott Australian Double Kink. Single strand wire with double kink. Four point barb is held in place by interlaced loops with kinks. This wire was originally patented as a military wire in Australia and was later adapted for commercial use.

Patent No: 2308905 Jan 19, 1943 by Harold A. Abbott of Bendigo, Victoria, Australia.

Part of the Jack Chisholm Fencing Collection.
Acquisition Information:
Bequest from (Estate of) Jack Chisholm
Discipline: Technology
Dimensions: 47 cm (Length), 2 cm (Diameter)

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Tagged with: agriculture, barbed wire, fencing, fencing wire, industrial design, innovation design
Themes this item is part of: Sustainable Futures Collection, Jack Chisholm Fencing Collection, Jack Chisholm Fencing Collection - Highlights
On Display at: Melbourne Museum
Primary Classification: AGRICULTURE & RURAL LIFE
Secondary Classification: Fencing
Tertiary Classification: barbed wire
Patentee: Mr Harold Abbott, Bendigo, Victoria, Australia, 19 Jan 1943
References: Jack Glover Reference No: 283.
Harold L. Hagemeier Reference No: 116 B
  1. [Book], Jack Glover - Sunset Trading Post, The 'Bobbed' Wire VI Bible, Cow Puddle Press, /04/1980, 1980
  2. [Book], Harold Hagemeier - Devil's Rope Museum, Barbed Wire: Identification Encyclopedia, Harold Hagemeier - Devil's Rope Museum, Amarillo, 1998, 1998


Greig Posted on 14 Jan 2010 6:54 PM
when was barbed wire first introduced to australia?
Discovery Centre Posted on 26 Feb 2010 2:07 PM
Museum Victoria Comment
Hi Greig,

sorry for the delay in replying to you. The first patent for barbed wire was listed in France in 1865, and in the United States of America in 1867. It was introduced to Australia in the 1880s. Although there were a few significant local manufacturers, as indicated in the Museum’s Chisholm Fencing Collection, many types were imported from America. The 1943 Abbott Australian Double Kink, originally used for military purposes during the Second World War, became a popular barbed wire for farmers in Australia.
Tony Posted on 01 Nov 2010 10:55 AM
Hi...interesting but what is the even earlier (I think) rowelled wire called? I know there was sheet metal barb and other pretty nasty types (none is "nice").Were the rowell typses imported to Australia? Do many (known) people collect barb wire types in Australia? Cheers Tony
Discovery Centre Posted on 09 Nov 2010 9:55 AM
Museum Victoria Comment
Hi Tony,there are many informative sites on the internet here are a few: http://www.madehow.com/Volume-2/Barbed-Wire.html



There are many people in Australia who collect barbed wire and again an internet search should get you in contact with some of them!
Alyssa Posted on 05 Mar 2014 4:34 AM
What was this wire used for?
Janne McPhie Posted on 27 Mar 2015 12:15 PM
Have cut some old barb wire fromthe back paddockthat I have never seen before. Songle strand with a single piece of short wire attached every 2", every 2nd is at a different angle

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