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.
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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.
Humble and Sons
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