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Ferrier's Lever Wool Press, Serial No 1831, made by Humble & Sons, Geelong, c.1912

Object type
Wool presses

Object number
1985.0036.0001

Description
Double box wool press with a central pole and a conical drum rope winch or fuzee. It is painted green with 'FERRIER'S / TRADE-MARK / Lever / WOOLPRESS / 1831 / HUMBLE / & / SONS / Makers / GEELONG / 1831' in yellow on the front.

A very large and high quality press designed to be used in large sheds where wool had to be pressed quickly.

Collection name
Department of Administrative Services collection

Collection statement of significance
Painted green with 'FERRIER'S / TRADE-MARK / Lever / WOOLPRESS / 1831 / HUMBLE / & / SONS / Makers / GEELONG / 1831' in yellow on the front, this double box wool press with a central pole and a conical drum rope winch or fuzee is one of several items that make up the Department of Administrative Services collection. This large and high quality press was designed to be used in large sheds where wool had to be pressed quickly. Originally purchased from Humble and Sons around 1912 by Australian Estates and Mortgage Co Ltd, wool and produce selling brokers and stock and station agents, the press was sold to a Mr D T Boyd of Victoria. In 1952 the press was sold to the NSW Department of Transport.

The Ferrier's Press was invented by David Ferrier from Surat, Queensland, and first manufactured by Humble and Nicholson of Geelong. The Press obtained first prize and first order of merit at the Melbourne International Exhibition, I881, and received glowing testimonials from customers who referred to its cheap price, speed and efficiency. Compressing shorn wool into bales remains the standard method of packing wool, and the bale is still the standard trading unit for wool on the wholesale national and international markets. Efficient, cost-effective baling technology has been essential to the growth of Australia's wool export industry, one of Australia's most important export industries, and the early presses are an example of the ingenuity and enterprise of Australian settlers. Manual woolpressing remained, nevertheless, hard, tiring work and the early presses, which were very labour intensive, were later discarded for more efficient fuel and electricity-driven types.

Maker
Humble and Sons

Designer
David Ferrier

Place made
Geelong, Victoria, Australia

Place designed
Coleraine, Victoria, Australia

Date designed
1876

Date made
1912
Approximate

User
Australian Estates & Mortgage Co Ltd
Purchased the wool press new from the manufacturer c.1908-1915

User
Mr D T. Boyd
-1952

User
Department of Transport
1952-

Place used
Victoria, Australia

Place used
Moulamein, New South Wales, Australia
-1952

Date of event
1912
Approximate date of purchase by Australian Estates & Mortgage Co

Date of event
1952
Mr D T Boyd sells the wool press to the Department of Transport

Materials
Wood, Metal - non specific, Paint - non specific

Dimensions
Width: 2600mm
Height: 3840mm
Depth: 2800mm



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