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Australian Spanners & Wrenches

 
 
The HTPAA Australian Tool Collection

Gallery of Australian Tools

Wrenches

The HTPAA Australian Collection has tools by a large number of Australian Manufacturers. The Collection has been assembled largely by donation with some careful purchases of selected items. The Association thanks all donors who have helped to build the collection.

This webpage is a showcase of Australian made wrenches, spanners, multi grips, adjustable wrenches, socket, pliers and implement spanners

The HTPAA welcomes any additional ephemera and reference material regarding Australian tools and makers. If you can supply any of these items, please contact one of the Office Bearers or email the Webmaster on the email link below. 

See the table below for a list of known Australian Makers. Click on an image below for a full sized picture or the link below to a page dedicated to that type of tool.

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Farm Machinery Wrenches - H V McKay, Sunshine
 
Domestic & Industrial Implement Wrenches - Qualcast Mowers
 
Pipe Wrenches - Raglan Handcuff Wrench, Sydney, Australia.
 
Multi-Grips & Lock Jaws - Fairfax, Falcon, Hercules, Keesteel, MEM, Pope, Sidchrome.
 
Bicycle Wrench - Durham Australia, Diecast
 
Automotive tools, Fairfax, Sydney
 
Zircalloy 4 inch Shifter
 
SRA is State Rail Authority (of NSW). This Monkey wrench was probably made at the Railway workshops. (Image courtesy of John Hawking)
 
   

Mark

Maker

State

Items Seen or Listing seen

Apollo

British Tube Mills (Aust) P/L Lower North Rd, Kilburn, S.A. (AMD 1947-8)

SA

Tube / Box Spanners, Spanner Sets, Spanners

Arnold

   

Variety of spanners for spray equipment

Austaloy

   

Spanners, Sockets, Socket Crank

Barger

Barger, William Gabriel Soho Foundry, and Disc Cultivator Factory, Franklin St W Melbourne, later Implement maker in Hawk St W Melb. listed from 1899 - 1931

Vic

Large O/E and an "S" spanners sighted

 

Beck & Coram, 142-146 Errol St, Nth Melbourne

Vic

Cycle Spanners

Besta

   

bicycle block spanner

Black & Decker

Black & Decker

Vic

Ring spanner for their equipment

Boomerang

   

O/E spanners – marked with boomerang word or symbol

Buncle, John & Son

Buncle, John & Son Ltd, 17-21 Wreckyn St, Nth Melb, Vic

Vic

O/E Spanners, cast iron

Carford Castors

Carford Castors

NSW

double O/E spanner, diecast (1/2 & 7/16)

Christensen

Christensen Diamond Products (associated with Atlas Copco)

   

CIG

Commonwealth Industrial Gases

 

Spanners for welding gear

Cliff & Bunting

Cliff & Bunting

Vic

Dogbone spanner, also Cast Iron SOE marked C & B – might be theirs

Clipsal

Gerard Industries P/L

 

Pressed steel ring spanners and Cone spanners for bikes,

Clyde

Clyde Engineering

NSW

Malleable iron MOE marked Clyde Engineering

Clyde

Clyde Implements - (Agricultural Machinery P/L - 72 Maitland Rd, Islington, 2N, NSW) - 1965

NSW

Mal iron DOE marked Clyde / 43

Comweld

   

Spanners for welding gear

Cooper

 

Vic

"C" Spanner for shearing equipment

Coxhead

Coxhead Industrial Engineering Co

Vic

Spanners for their automotive equiupment - Tappet adjusters, brake adjusting spanners etc

Cyclone

Cyclone Forgings P/L

Vic

"Gripmaster" O/E Spanners, Chain Wrench, Cyclone Open Enders, Shifters

CONNOLLY

Connolly, James, P/L, 43-49 Mountain St, Sydney, NSW

NSW

Connolly Shifter marked Connolly Sydney. Forged and plate spanners, mostly DOE

Connolly / Southerncross

Connolly, James, P/L, 43-49 Mountain St, Sydney, NSW

NSW

Small Plate spanner marked with both

Daniel Forge

Daniel Forge Co

Vic

Automotive tools, spanners, socket sets, many made in Japan

Dowidat Australia

Dowidat Australia

 

O/E Spanners, 14" Stillsons, shifters

Dufor

Duly & Hansford

NSW

Ratchet Wrench, Socket Sets, Ring & Open Ended Spanners

Durham

Durham

 

Dogbone Bike Spanner - Diecast

Equip GMH

Equip GMH – Holden Motor Co

Vic

Large range of spanners marked with either Equip, GMH or both

Fairfax (AFE)

Fairfax, A.W, P/L Paramatta & Lucas Rds, Burwood, NSW

NSW

O/E Spanners, block spanners, spanner sets. "AFE" mark seen also on other brands such as Raglan

Fastgrip

Fastgrip

NSW

Swivel headed Adjustable wrench (see MEM)

Fern

refer Plumb

NSW

O/E spanners marked Plumb or Fern, with fern symbol, or both

Furphy

Furphy, Shepparton

Vic

Cast iron agricultural spanner

Gecko

Gecko

 

Like a King Dick F spanner - marked GHECKO AUST on the stem

Gee-Jay

George H Sample & Son

Vic

Tube spanners, spark plug spanners, multi sump plug wrench (bronze)

Clipsal

Gerard Industries P/L

SA

Clipsal Cycle Spanners & Hills TV antenna spanner

Gibbins

Gibbins & Co

Vic

Gibbins Farm Implement Co L, Cowper St, Footscray, Victoria - large spanner

Gregsteel, GSP, Gergory Steel Products

Gregory Steel Products P/L 25 Johnston St, Collingwood, Vic

Vic

Also "Gregsteel" and "GSP" - O/E Spanners, "S" Spanners large variety of sizes, metric, Whitworth and SAE

Gripmaster

Ref Cyclone

Vic

ref Cyclone - "Gripmaster" O/E Spanners, "Cyclone" Chain Wrench

Harvey, Daniel

Daniel Harvey, Box Hill Melb

Vic

Implement Spanners - Cast Iron

 

Healing

 

Bicycle block spanner

Hendersons

Hendersons Federal Spring Works P/L, Alfred St, Nth Melb, Vic, also O’Riordan St, Alexandria, NSW

Vic & NSW

O/E spanners

Hercules

WH Wylie & Co

SA

Lock Grip Pliers, Socket Set

HFSW

Ref Hendersons

Vic & NSW

O/E spanners

Hicks Thomas H Hicks NSW Multi O/E spanner

Hills

Ref Gerard Ind’s

SA

Pressed steel ring spanners, made for Hills Antennae Div. by Gerard Industries (Clipsal)

Howie Thomas Howie Footscray Vic Large O/E plough spanner

IH

International Harvester Corporation Dandenong, Geelong & Pt Melbourne

Vic

AP prefix used on Australian made tools & parts. Malleable Iron Farm spanners, Auto wrenches, forged spanners and wrenches

IHC

IHC

Vic

refer International Harvester

Jones, AG

Jones, AG

Vic

Large S shaped blacksmith forged spanner marked AG Jones, Maker, Maldon

Keesteel

Keech Castings Pty Ltd

NSW

Multigrips and tinsnips

 

K L Bulldog

Vic

Kelly & Lewis Bulldog Tractor - spanners and wrenches

KLG

KLG

 

Automotive tools - Spark Plug wrench seen.

Lennon, H(ugn)

Hugh Lennon Plow & Machine Co, Spotswood - plant, Office in Melbourne

Vic

Agricultural spanners

Lightning

Lightning Fruit Grader Co (1930's), Lightning Implements (1958), Lightning Industrial Products (1965)- all of Brunswick, Vic

Vic

Agricultural spanners

Litchfield

Litchfield Engineering Pty Ltd

SA

Range of and spanners automotive special tools

Lock

Lock Tool Co of Australia Pty Ltd

Vic

Pipe Wrench in a range of sizes, also lathe post spanners / keys

Macson

McPhersons

Vic +

O/E Spanners

Malco

Malleable Castings PL, Marrickville

NSW

Bung wrench and other spanners and wrenches

McKay, Hugh V

HVK

McKay, HV, later Mckay Massey Harris

Vic +

Machinery Spanners, Implement Spanners, straight & twist wire handled monkey wrench, auto wrenches etc

 

Marsden Products P/L, 33 Macquarie Pl, Sydney, NSW

NSW

Spanners

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Massey-Harris

Vic

Massey-Harris - initially independant, later in partnership with H V McKay, later took over McKay. Many spanners and wrenches for implements and tractors

May Bros

May Brothers

SA

Farm Spanners

 

Meco

 

Automotive Tools

M E M

Metal Equipment Manufacturers

NSW

Multigrips, Shifters, swivel head adjustable

 

Metal Specialties Co, 8-10 dick St, Chippendale, NSW

 

Spanner Sets

Mintern

Mintern Products Pty Ltd

Vic

Implement Spanner

Moffat Virtue

Moffat Virtue

NSW

Made stationary engines and shearing gear - spanner for shearing gear seen

Murrumburrah

Murrumburrah

NSW

"S" spanner - blacksmith made - possibly from the town or station of that name in NSW. Feedback invited.

NSWGR

New South Wales Government Railways

NSW

Adjustable railway wrench, cast iron

NSWTD

New South Wales Transit or Transport Department

NSW

New South Wales Transport Department - large range of forged spanners and wrenches.

Paulcall

Paul's Pty Ltd (merchants)

NSW

Drain Plug Wrench

Perry Geelong

Perry Geelong

Vic

Implement Spanner

Plumb (& Fern)

Plumb (Aust P/L, Alexandria)/ Fern

NSW

O/E spanners marked Plumb or Fern, with fern symbol, or both

Pope

Pope Products Ltd, Charles Rd, Beverley, SA

SA

O/E Spanner sets- SAE, W, (several variations), Magneto Spanner sets, spanner for sprinklers, mower wrench

Qualcast

Qualcast

Vic

Mower Maker (and importer) - Cast and Flat spanners

Raglan Handcuff Wrench

Raglan Handcuff Wrench

NSW

2 sizes of Pipe Wrench, variety of designs & markings

Rega

Rega Pty Ltd

NSW

Made al sorts of spray equipment and Oil cans - also an implement spanner

Repco

Repco Limited

Vic

Automotive tools and spanners

Robilt

Robilt

 

Drain Plug Wrench similar to Paulcall (Robilt made lapidiary equipment)

Rover

Rover

 

Rover Mower wrench - diecast

 

Sample Engineering Co, P/L, Ricketty St, Mascot, NSW

NSW

Spanners

Samson

Samson

 

Flat Spanner - similar to Pope - spray painting gear, also Forged, like Gregsteel

Scott Bonnar

Scott Bonnar

 

Diecast Mower Wrench

Shearer

Shearer, David

SA

Farm Implement spanners

Shearer

Shearer, John

SA

Farm Implement spanners

Sher

Sher

 

O/E spanners for small power tools

Sidchrome

Siddons Drop Forgings

Vic

Full range of mechanics tools (many variations in markings)

Siddons Drop Forgings

Siddons Drop Forgings P/L, 77a Spensley St, Clifton Hill, Vic

Vic

refer Si

SID <DSF> CHROME

Siddons Drop Forgings

Vic

refer Sidchrome

Simpson & Son Adelaide

A. Simpson & Son (Pope)

SA

Simpson & Sons, Adelaide – tank or bed type spanner

Sliden

Sliden

NSW

Made domestic sliding door fittings (Sydney) simple pressed steel spanner

Southerncross

Southerncross

Qld

Windmills & Stationary Engines spanners for sameref Connolly - O/E Spanner

Springs (Melb)

thought to be Henderson's Springs

Vic

Forged O/E spanners

SRANSW

Stare Rail Auth, NSW

NSW

old type adjustable cast iron monkey wrench -, well made

Stewart (A)

Stewart, Alfred, P/L 183 Abbotsford St, Nth Melb, Vic

Vic

Spanner sets, spanners, thread tap sets

Sunshine

Sunshine (Harvester)

Vic

Implement spanners and "F" wrenches, folding military wire cutters

Terrier

Terrier, Lithgow

NSW

range of drop forged O/E spanners, in SAE and Whitworth

T R & Co

Robinson, Thomas & Co

Vic

Thomas Robinson & Co - Farm Implements (long history in Melbourne)

Trebble R / Melbourne

Trebble R / Melbourne

Vic

Identical to Mintern 3 type.

TRy's

Tasmanian Railways

Tas

Range of forged spanners

Victa

Victa Motor Mowers

NSW

Mower wrench, diecast, tube spanner

Villiers

Villiers engines

 

Mostly spark plug spanners for mowers & engines

 

U.E. Industries Ltd, 57 Hunter St, Wickham, NSW

NSW

Spanners

V R, V^R

Vistorian Railways

Vic

Range of drop forged and cast spanners and wrenches

W & B

Warren & Brown

Vic

Automotive tools, hones, mic's

Wiles

Wiles Mfg Co Ltd

SA

Plumbers Footprints - SA agricultural machinery & implement manufacturers

Wylie, WH

W.H.Wylie & Co

SA

"Hercules" lock grips - several configurations

Zircalloy

Zircalloy (SFL) Lithgow

NSW

Shifters and O/E, Combo etc - large range of spanners

       

 

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