Hand Tool Preservation
Association of Australia Inc

Robert McConnell was a prolific inventor, who lived in Brisbane.

A letterhead of his proclaims him as "Inventor and Manufacturer of: McConnell Roller Skates, McConnell Automatic Gramophone, Sundowner Tent, Maxable, Max Rubber Heels, The Ammunitionless Gun, McConnell Nail Bits, McConnell Gold Cleaner, McConnell Tin Concentrator, McConnell Scrub Planes, McConnell Mitre Box, McConnell Frictionless Pump, McConnell Stringer Cutter, McConnell Coat and Vest Combination, McConnell Cistern, etc, etc".

McConnell's patents span the years 1927 to 1951. The Planes and Nail Bits were patented in 1942, in the middle of WWII when imports of quality tools was impossible.

Thanks to Rod Thomas for providing examples from his collection.

The HTPAA welcomes any additional information, pictures and ephemera relating to these tools or any other Australian Makers.

Contact the Australian Collection Curator.

Tools and Trades Day

HTPAA's Tools and Trades Day is on July 7th 2018 9.00 am to 4.30 pm at St Anthony's Parish Hall (Tool Sale location).
The 2018 Day features nine expert speakers who will discuss and demonstrate their tools in the trades of colonial cabinet making, coopering, jewelry making, harness making, the early mechanics tools, pattern making, plumbing and shipwright/sail making.
For more information see the Tool and Trade Day page.

Next Tool Sale

The next Tool Sale is on Sunday 8th July 2018 9.00 am to 12.30 pm at St Anthony's Parish Hall 164-168 Neerim Rd (corner Neerim & Grange Rds), Carnegie
Melway Ref. 68 F4 or see the map here. For more information see the Tool Sale page.

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